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Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, discusses her invoice that might ban the declawing of cats in New York.
Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York’s state Legislature voted Tuesday to change into the primary state within the nation to ban cat declawing.

The invoice has been scratching its approach by the state Capitol for a number of years however acquired elevated help this yr. It handed each homes of the Legislature and can now head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

The invoice’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, known as declawing of cats “a merciless and pointless surgical process that has no place in trendy veterinary medication.”

She mentioned, “I’m assured that 2019 is the yr New York will change into the primary state within the nation to ban cat declawing.”

Cat declawing ends in the everlasting, surgical elimination of many of the final bone and tendons, nerves and ligaments on the entrance toes of a cat.

Although no state has banned declawing, some counties throughout the nation have performed so, together with Los Angeles, and it has been outlawed in 39 nations, together with Israel, Switzerland and England.

New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia are all contemplating laws to ban cat declawing, Rosenthal mentioned.

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A cat named Rubio walks in entrance of the rostrum throughout a information convention on Tuesday, Might 17, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. New York could be the primary state to ban the declawing below a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians. (AP Photograph/Mike Groll) (Photograph: Mike Groll, AP)

Paw Venture, a California-based nonprofit group, has pressed for cat declawing bans throughout the nation, calling the follow inhumane and pointless.

“The declawing of cats is an inhumane comfort surgical procedure that may result in painful issues with critical well being results,” mentioned Brian Shapiro, state director for the Humane Society

If authorized and signed into regulation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, cat declawing could be banned except there’s a official medical situation that might require it.

Any veterinarian to violate the ban would face a civil penalty of as much as $1,000.

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