It was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo (DEM) after it passed in June. Efforts to stop the inhumane practice of declawing cats had come before New York lawmakers in the past but failed to pass. However, this time around it did pass by a significant margin.
Many politicians and veterinarians were on board to ban this practice including Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill. She condemned the practice of declawing stating that it is not like getting a “mani/pedi” it’s a brutal surgical procedure. She hopes this law will become a model for other states.
Under the new law, pet owners will not be able to have their cats declawed for cosmetic purposes or other non-medical reasons. Veterinarians can no longer perform this surgery and will be fined $1,000 if they do.
Where Else is Declawing Illegal?
Declawing cats is illegal in most of the European countries and in many Canadian provinces. It is also illegal in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver.
This is a brutal and very painful operation that amputates the cat’s knuckles not just the claws as many pet owners have been led to believe. Not only is this extremely painful but can cause long-lasting, even lifelong emotional and physical difficulties on a cat whose natural characteristic is to use their claws. If you’re considered about scratching, get your cat a scratching post which has proven to be very successful.