New York came closer to Becoming the first U.S. Nation to outlaw cat declawing on Tuesday. Both chambers of the state legislature passed a ban to the feline surgery except for therapeutic reasons.
Gubernatorial spokesman Jason Conwall said that Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t yet determined if he’ll sign it into law.
Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, said that Cat declawing is dreadful, but often-practiced surgery that contributes to a lifetime of pain and distress for thousands of cats. “Now every kitty and cat in New York State lands on its feet as we all prepare to make New York the very best state for cats to live in America.”
The bill permits declawing only for therapeutic purposes like”trauma or abnormal state from the claw, an existent or recurring illness, and infection, which compromises your cat’s health.”
The fine for violation would be up to $1000.
Senate passed The bill with 48-12, stated Alexander Marion, spokesman for Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens who’s deputy majority leader and sponsored the bill from his chamber. It passed the Assembly with a vote of 92-27, based on live video of the proceeding.
The New York State Veterinary Medical Society rejected the suggested ban on declawing, also referred to as onychectomy.
“It must stay an available alternative when a cat’s health is at stake, but also every time a customer’s health needs suggest they should have their pet declawed and also the alternate is abandonment or euthanasia,” the non-profit society of 2,000 veterinarians said in a statement.
That may contain cats who often scratch and reside with an owner that has a weakened immune system and so faces a higher chance of infection.
Declawing is illegal in several European nations and a few U.S. cities.