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Declawing Cats No More, By Law

  • The movement away from declawing cats has been enacted in New York which will fine veterinarians for not complying. The Humane Society of the United States is behind the movement of preventing this harm to cats.
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New York becomes the first state to ban the practice.

The Empire State’s ban on cat declawing was enacted earlier this year: Veterinarians who perform the procedure on an elective basis, generally to prevent scratching damage, face $1,000 fines. Declawing will still be legal if necessary for medical reasons.

Declawing involves amputating the first knuckles of the cat’s toes. It can lead to chronic pain, which in turn can lead to litter box avoidance. Research also indicates that declawed cats are more likely to bite.

The move was praised by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal advocate groups. But it was opposed by the state’s veterinary medical society, which wanted declawing to remain an option “when the alternative is abandonment or euthanasia.”

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