Results for - New York Becomes First State to Ban Declawing Cats
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday that bans cat declawing, making New York the first state to outlaw the practice. "By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures," Cuomo said in a statement. Removing a cat's claws requires the partial amputation of the last bone in each of the toes on a cat's front feet. The governor's office said cats often strain their leg joints and spine in response to the removal, which can result in chronic pain. In the statement, senate deputy leader Michael Gianaris compared the procedure to severing a human finger at the knuckle.
1. Have you ever had your cat declawed?
2. Do you think declawing cats should be illegal in all states and provinces?
3. Elective surgery for dogs: It may sound odd, but it's exactly what some purebreds undergo shortly after birth. Two surgical procedures -- ear cropping and tail docking -- have long been routine in certain breeds like Dobermans, German shorthaired pointers, and schnauzers. While a handful of U.S. states do have rules about ear cropping, there are no states that have an outright ban. It is also still legal in 2 provinces in Canada. Do you think ear cropping and tail docking should also be illegal?
4. A Reddit user commented "If the idea of a cat with claws is inconvenient to you, then a cat is simply not the pet for you." Do you agree with this statement?
5. If you have had a cat declawed, did you notice a difference in their personality after the procedure?