Headlines State Is First to Ban Cat Declawing The law takes effect immediately. Published 2 years ago on July 23, 2019 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet New York has become the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting the practice, effective immediately. “Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” Cuomo said in a press release. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” New York Sen. Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said, “I am proud of the new Senate majority’s emphasis on animal welfare and am glad the Governor enacted this legislation.” Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal said, “Now that my bill has become law, New York has been catapulted onto the leaderboard of humane states, and we expect other states to quickly follow in out footsteps.” Advertisement The governor’s office stated: Declawing, also known as onychectomy, involves the removal of all or most of the last bone of each of the toes of the front feet, and tendons, nerves and ligaments that allow for normal function of the paw are severed, resulting in intense and chronic pain and other serious medical or behavioral issues. After the claws are removed, cats often shift their gait and where it places most of its weight, causing strain on its leg joints and spine, which can lead to early onset arthritis and prolonged back and joint pain. Cats’ claws play an important role in various aspects of their lives, including to assist in climbing and maintaining balance and to escape danger. CNN noted that the law “makes exceptions for ‘therapeutic purposes,’ or when the declawing would benefit the cat’s health.” The New York State Veterinary Medical Society states on its website: “Veterinarians take the issue of onychectomy (declawing) very seriously and believe that it should be an available option when the alternative is abandonment or euthanasia.” The society states that veterinarians “should be permitted to make medical decisions after direct consultation with a client and a thorough examination of the patient and its home circumstances.” Advertisement Related Topics:Latest News Toppet health click to Comment(Comment) PETS+ Staff Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 16 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advertisement You may like Whippet ‘Bourbon’ Wins Best In Show at 20th AKC National Championship Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment 2020 Holiday Sales Grew 8% Despite Pandemic, NRF Reports Promoted Headlines Let’s Hear it for the Comfort Zone Tall Tails Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Press Releases1 day ago Two Companies from Bend Oregon Team Up for the 2021 Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Press Releases1 day ago New Tiki Cat Grill Pate Wet Cat Food Features Real Fish & Seafood Recipes in Broth Press Releases1 day ago Choice Pet Products Welcomes New Territory Manager to the Team Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: How to Build Community — and Grow Revenue — with Other Businesses Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School: Get Ready for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday Trace's Store School2 months ago Video: Trace’s Store School Teaches You How to Start a Produce Co-Op for Pets Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular Headlines4 days ago Open Farm Receives $65M in Private Equity Investment Photo Gallery1 week ago How Indie Pet Stores Are Celebrating — and Selling — Valentine’s Day Press Releases1 week ago Lightspeed Launches Supplier Network for Independent Retailers Columns1 week ago Shelf Appeal: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Products for Your Pet Store Hot Sellers1 week ago Holiday Toys, Bird Perches and Spa Treatments Among the Hot Sellers for November Headlines5 days ago Mars Petcare Plans $145M Expansion in Arkansas Press Releases1 week ago Coastal Pet Institutes Authorized Seller Policy Ask PETS+1 week ago What Do You Do When Employees from Other Pet Stores Come Into Your Store?