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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Declawing Cats

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Like millions of Americans, Linda Rosenthal thinks declawing is cruel. But as a state assemblywoman from Manhattan, she's in a position to do something about it.

A Democrat, she's introduced a bill that would prohibit declawing cats and other animals, except to remove a tumor or for another medical reason. If the bill passes, New York will be the first state to ban declawing. Rosenthal and the cats have some powerful allies in the Humane Society of 

New York and The Paw Project, a California-based anti-declawing group. But the American Veterinary Medical Association's reaction has been lukewarm.

The organization, which, among other things, advises vets on business practices and opportunities, says declawing cats should be done only as a "last resort." Whatever that means...

Declawing is far more than a "manicure." To declaw a cat, the veterinarian must amputate the top digit of every toe. The procedure is illegal in most countries except the US.

This is my favorite declaw website. And here's my cat's blog post listing Nine Reasons Why All Cat Paws Need Claws. Oh, and if your cat's shredding the furniture, this should help.

If you live in New York, be sure to write to your state legislators to let them know you support Rosenthal's legislation. Nationwide, this is a policy that's long overdue!

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