New York Could Be First State In Nation To Ban Cat Declawing
The bill, which was first introduced in 2015, is gaining momentum with the help of some veterinarians.
According to the New York Daily News, a group of vets spoke in Albany Tuesday to help move passage of the legislation along, referring to the practice of declawing cats as painful and inhumane. According to the article the New York State Veterinary Medical Society is not supporting the bill; they feel pet owners and vets should be left to decide if declawing is right for their pets. If this bill is passed, it would ban declawing except for medical reasons.
My wife and I have 2 cats, and my thought is this: if you don't want a cat with claws, you should not get a cat. If you don't want your furniture getting scratched, don't get a cat. If you don't want to get scratched, don't get a cat. The declawing is a very painful process, basically amputating the front part of cat's toes. Plus, it is the cat's natural defense system. If they ever get into a precarious situation with another animal, they are vulnerable without claws.
If you don't like claws, get a fish. ;)