New York has caught the banning wave. First fracking, now declawing – totally unrelated, sure, and the interest groups are entirely different. To some, neither may be more more controversial than the other. This ban, should it happen, stands up for a living thing that can not speak for itself. But its voices have been heard.
The Dodo reports on it:
Cat declawing, a practice that has been labeled as “amputation” by veterinarians, may become a thing of the past in New York.
Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced a bill in the state Senate that would prohibit declawing cats, unless it’s done for medical reasons, such as removing a tumor. The bill is the first of its kind in the country.
It’s expected that The Humane Society of the United States, PETA and ASPCA oppose declawing, as do certain cat owners, so for them this is good news.
As for those cats that can not speak for themselves, who knows, maybe they really do say “keep your paws off my claws”!
News to Share brief source: “First State In U.S. Moves To Ban Cat Declawing” by Melissa Cronin for The Dodo
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