The declawing of cats now banned in the state of New York

New York State has become the first state in the United States to ban declawing cats.
The measure was promulgated Monday by Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, after its adoption by lawmakers in the spring.

Advocates of animal welfare and many veterinarians say that this once-common operation is unnecessary and cruel. It consists of slicing the bone to amputate the third phalanx of the cat’s fingers.

The largest veterinary organization in New York had opposed the bill, saying that declawing should remain a last resort for cats that constantly scratch furniture or humans.

Cat declawing is already banned in most European countries as well as in some cities in the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. Some Canadian provinces have also proscribed, but not Quebec.

Democratic candidate Linda Rosenthal, who represents Manhattan, said the New York law should be seen as a model for other US states.

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