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This Just Became First US State to Ban Declawing
First US State
Bans Declawing

First US State Bans Declawing Cats

Veterinarians in New York can still perform the controversial procedure for medical reasons

(Newser) - New York became the first US state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces, and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the New York ban, the...

This State Could Be First to Ban Declawing

Bill sails through NY Senate, Assembly

(Newser) - New York would be the first state in the US to ban the declawing of cats under legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of cat owners, animal welfare advocates, and many veterinarians who call the procedure cruel and needless. The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines...

Denver Residents Can No Longer Declaw Their Cats

City council unanimously votes to ban the procedure

(Newser) - Declawing cats is now prohibited in Denver. A bill banning the practice passed unanimously at a Denver City Council meeting Monday, KUSA reports. The procedure, formally known as an onychectomy, surgically removes all or most of the last bone on each of a cat's 10 front toes, severing tendons,...

New York May Outlaw Declawing of Cats

It would be the first state to do so

(Newser) - An animal rights champion who also happens to be a lawmaker in New York state has introduced legislation to make it illegal to declaw cats, reports the Daily News . The measure by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal would make exceptions only for reasons deemed medically necessary by a vet—and it...

Declaw Your Cat in Israel, Spend a Year in Prison

...and pay a $20K fine, too

(Newser) - Israel, land of shredded couch corners? Maybe. At the end of November, the country passed a bill that bans the declawing of cats—with some seriously stiff penalties. Those convicted of the crime will face up to a year in prison and a $20,000 fine, reports Discover . If the...

Beverly Hills, LA Ban Cat Declawing

Calif. cities move to protect kitty claws while they still can

(Newser) - Furniture beware: Los Angeles and Beverly Hills have become the latest California cities to outlaw the declawing of cats. Santa Monica and San Francisco recently passed similar bans and others are considering banning declawing before next year, when a new state law on the regulation of veterinary medicine will effectively...

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