New York State Passes Bill Outlawing Cat Declawing

June 5, 2019

On Tuesday, New York state legislators passed a bill outlawing cat declawing. UPI reports that a signature from governor Andrew Cuomo is all that stands in the way of New York becoming the first state to ban the practice outright. "Declaw leads to a lifetime of pain and discomfort for a cat, all in the name of protecting a cat owner's furniture," bill sponsor Linda B. Rosenthal, a New York Assembly member, wrote on her Facebook page. "Today, though, every cat and kitten in New York State lands on its feet as we prepare to make New York the most human, paw-some state for cats in the United States." Cat declawing is illegal in Israel and New Zealand, as well as Denver, Colorado.