Ban Cruel Practice of Cat Declawing in New York

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Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Ban the practice of cat declawing in New York.

New York is one step closer to becoming the first state to outlaw cat declawing as a group of legislators are pushing a new bill that would make the practice illegal. Supporters of the bill, who range from veterinarians to Humane Society members, have recently intensified their calls to make this bill a law and end the practice except when medically necessary.

Declawing cats has long been the target of animal rights activists. In most instances, owners declaw their cats as a simple matter of convenience, but what many people do not realize is that the procedure is dangerous and potentially painful. Declawing is not as simple as trimming nails; it is a complex procedure in which portions of the animal’s bones, ligaments, and tendons and ligaments are amputated.

Cat declawing poses a serious risk to these innocent creatures, and the time has come to ban this inhumane procedure. Sign the petition below and urge New York legislators to pass this bill and protect cats across the state.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cuomo,

I am writing to bring your attention to a new bill in your state that would, if enacted, put an end to the practice of declawing cats. Though many cat owners view the procedure as something akin to trimming one’s fingernails, declawing is actually a serious and potentially dangerous operation in which the animal has bones, tendons, and ligaments amputated.

Declawing is often performed for the owner’s convenience as a measure to stop the cat from scratching furniture or children, but these animals should not be subjected to such a painstaking ordeal for such trivial reasons. Please support this measure and protect these innocent animals from unnecessary discomfort.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pia Ojanen

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16 Comments

  1. WHY WOULD ANYONE WHO LOVES THEIR CAT DO SUCH A CRUEL EVIL THING, THE CAT WILL NOT BEABLE TO WALK PROPERLY EVER AGAIN IT WILL BE IN PAIN LONG AFTER THE TOES ARE REMOVED AND IF YOU DONT WANT YOUR FERNATURE SCRATCHED, THEN DONT GET A CAT AND HAVE IT TORTURED,IF YOU WANT A CAT AND LOVE IT PUT UP WITH YOUR FERNATURE BEING SRATCHED, BUT DONT DECLAW IT, PLEASE.

  2. Jane Davidson says:

    It’s about time for this legislation. Who would ever mutilate a pet like that????!!!!

  3. You’d be horrified if, as a matter of course, babies’ 1st digits were amputated – for whatever reason. This is the very same thing! Unless people are irresponsible and too lazy to try to learn how to prevent damage from cats’ natural kneading instinct (available all over the internet & in books), they should not be allowed to adopt a defenseless cat to mutilate.

    @ age 75, I’ve had cats ALL my life. They are quite trainable. My cats have various scratching boxes & other fun “toys” over the house to satisfy their inborn drive to knead. They respond to “No!” and stop whatever they’re doing (sometimes w/help from me), being fairly easy to distract. As they are somewhat akin to kids, you must be faithful with repetitive training until they “respond” appropriately.

    ‘Course people who don’t train their own children won’t bother to train cats, so they shouldn’t ever be allowed to have any!!

  4. sandra mason says:

    if you want to get your cat declawed. please, first do the proper research. it’s very simple. cut off your own fingers at the first knuckle. see how long it takes to heal and stop hurting. see how well you function after mutilating your hands. then you can decide if this is appropriate for the cat you claim to love.

  5. Margrit Simons says:

    How would anyone want to have their finger tips amputated?

  6. why would you leave your cat defenseless and unable to escape any danger ? very sick sad people who profess to love animals . if you don’t want your furniture clawed then don’t have cats .

  7. I have 6 cats and I wouldn’t even consider this yet alone do it! Anyone doing this should be ashamed and so should the vet!

  8. Toddlers can be more destructive. I doubt most parents would remove their toddlers fingers. I’m so glad that this horrible practice is illegal in most places globally.

  9. Susan Duncan says:

    There are a myriad of cat scratching trees, posts and pads. Cats, who should be kept indoors at all times for their health and safety, can be trained to exercise their natural scratching instincts on their favorite type. With quiet repetition, dedication and gentle patience, cats will come to prefer provided scratching materials. Declawing is a cruel and barbaric option.

  10. The people who condone this shoukd have their own nails ripped out. See how they feel about it then. Humans are so selfish and need to stop hurting animals. Disgraceful!!!!!

  11. S.Browning says:

    This sadistic practice must stop. It is wrong and so cruel, and anyone wanting to do it should be stopped.

    We love cats. Leave them alone. Brutes who do this should be ashamed and the vets struck off.

    Anyone wanting to do this must first volunteer to have all their nails cut out. You would not do this to a defenceless child so do not do it to an innocent, defenceless cat.

  12. FreeMySoles says:

    This is not a trivial matter. We have always had multiple cats, most of them rescues of one type or another, and I can say with assurance that no declawed cat can have a healthy, equal, respectful, accepting relationship with a normal cat.

    Like it or not, that is the way it is, and a declawed cat is forever crippled and at a disadvantage in relating to other cats. We have had very difficult, painful situations to cope with simply because of this.

    All this apart from the cat’s helplessness if God forbid it ever were “out there” on its own.

  13. They should do this to their humans.
    This is cruel and inhumain.
    If they want a cat/kitten with no claws. They should buy a toy one.

  14. Already banned here in UK has been for long time.

  15. Simon Wooliscroft says:

    This cruel and needless. It must be stopped! The UK (I live there) has banned it. Is the USA still in the dark ages? Well, if that in debt dinosaur Trump becomes president certainly.

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