New York Considers a Ban on Declawing Cats

New York lawmakers and advocates met at the state capitol to push for a bill that would make it illegal to declaw your cat.

Declawing your cat is a barbaric, violent procedure that involves amputating part of each little cat finger. It's monstrous and cruel.

But should it be illegal?

Advocates ranging from state Humane Society members to individual veterinarians met in the state Capitol to push for a bill sponsored by Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, which would ban the practice of declawing cats except when medically necessary.

New York would be the first state to ban the practice.

Rosenthal said at a news conference that the procedure is done "as a convenience to the owner." She described the procedure as amputating tendons and ligaments and portion of the kitty's bones.

“For humans not to respect the integrity of the animal and the animal’s body is criminal,” she said. “However, it’s still allowed, it’s an option, and that’s why we aim to make it illegal.”

Yes, it is still allowed, although many veterinarians will not perform the procedure any longer.  However, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society opposes the bill. The veterinary group wrote a memo explaining that declawing is only recommended when other methods to stop clawing and scratching have failed. They also said many cats are saved from euthanasia with an option to declaw.