New York makes declawing a cat illegal

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  1. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    The New York state legislature has voted to pass a measure that would make it the first state in the country to ban the declawing of cats.

    The law seeks to ban onychectomy, or declawing, on cats in the state except for in cases where it is needed to address a "physical medical condition" that "compromises the cat's health," the bill's text states.

    However, the bill states that it would outlaw the procedure for "cosmetic or aesthetic reasons or reasons of convenience in keeping or handling the cat."

    If the law is passed, veterinarians who violate it could face a fine of up to $1,000.

    With the bill’s passage Tuesday, the legislation now heads to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's (Democrat) desk for approval.​

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-...egislation-to-make-declawing-a-cat-illegal-in


    What do you think? Is declawing a cat cruelty?
    Will more animals get left outside in the cold because their owners don't want the cat inside clawing on furniture?
     
  2. scarlet witch

    scarlet witch Well-Known Member Donor

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    declawing a cat is an actual thing... OMG I'm horrified... how could you do that... yes it's cruel,

    I say anyone who declaws a cat has to have their fingernails pulled out too.

    (I will not mention this to my daughter she had to stay home on prawn dissection day - something to do with the slicing of other species)
     
  3. tkolter

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    If you have a cat they have claws and its their only defense if attacked save biting if that is a problem don't have a cat as a companion. Unless of course there is a medical reason to remove a claw that's covered in the law.
     
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    If a person doesn't want a cat with its claws, they should get a dog. A cat with no claws is defenseless against dogs, many of which like to attack cats. And cats, being an animal with all the attendant instincts and mannerisms, will often stand its ground against a dog. Often, without claws it will act in the same way, not making the intellectual connection between having no claws and it resultant inability to defend itself. It will swat at the attacking dog and the dog will kill it.

    Yeah it's cruel.
     
  5. Shook

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    New York is so wonderful! Now more cats will be put to death for lack of people to adopt them because they can't be declawed. Way to go!

    More likely, the kitties'll probably just get turned loose in the upper east side of manhattan or wherever streisand lives. That way everyone looks marvy, and the cats live happily ever after. The End.
     
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  6. Shook

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    I had two cats declawed. They were up and around in about 24 hours. Thereafter, I saved thousands of dollars in shredded furniture, curtains, rugs etc, and my kitties were perfectly content right up to the days they died of old age.

    My kitties never went out of the house unless I was with them. Ta-da. That law is political BS.
     
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    Look at it this way: New York politicians have tightened the screws on you and you are cheering them.

    That's just perverse.
     
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    If you don't like declawing cats, don't do it. No problem. Your cats won't care, but you can feel good about yourself or whatever. To allow these power-obsessed lawmakers to pass laws you think are good because they punish everyone you happen to disagree with? That is a HUGE problem.
     

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