New York close to becoming first state in U.S. to ban cat declawing

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(WSYR-TV) — New York is getting closer to possibly becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban declawing cats. The State Legislature could be voting on the action soon.

The bill would prohibit anyone from declawing cats or other animals, except when necessary for a therapeutic or medical purpose. Anyone breaking the potential law could be charged up to $1,000.

“Most people aren’t aware when you declaw a cat, you’re not just taking out the claws. It would be like us losing all of our fingers at the first joint,” said Dee Schafer of the CNYSPCA.

Schafer says the CNYSPCA gets a lot of requests for declawing cats because owners don’t wait their furniture ruined. What they don’t realize is that the cats need their claws to stretch and defend themselves — if they can’t do it, they could become aggressive.

On the other side of the argument, the American Veterinary Medical Association has shared its fear that without the option of declawing, more cats will end up euthanized or in shelters.

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