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May 18, 2016 07:29 PM

New York is one step closer to being the first state to ban the declawing of cats. 

On Tuesday, a group of veterinarians visited Albany to speak to the state government about how the practice of declawing is inhumane and advocate for a ban on the procedure, reports New York Daily News

“Declawing is an inhumane and misguided procedure that subjects cats to unnecessary pain,” Eileen Jefferson, a veterinarian and member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, told the group. 

The bill to ban cat declawing was drafted by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal in 2015 and remains stuck in the committee. Supporters of the legislation hope this visit from experts, many of whom have performed the procedure, will help move the bill forward. 

Both the American Veterinary Medical Association and New York State Veterinary Medical Society have declined to support the bill, believing that, while it should be a last resort, the decision on cat declawing should be left to the owner. But the Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups have been advocating for the ban. 

If the legislation passes, declawing a cat will become illegal in New York, unless the procedure is necessary to remove a tumor or assist in another medical emergency. 

 

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