Support New York State Bill A.1297/S.5084 to Ban Cat Declawing
Several months ago, New York state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced a bill, A.1297/S.5084, that would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing. In May 2015, New York Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Oneida County) introduced the companion bill (S.5084) in the Senate, giving it a majority-party sponsor in the GOP-controlled NY state Senate. The declawing bill would ban the amputation procedure unless it is done to treat a medical condition affecting the cat. The Paw Project is grateful to Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Griffo. We are proud to have introduced the declaw issue to Assemblywoman Rosenthal in 2014 and to have helped in organizing support for the bill. We are fortunate to have the help and support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), and Ethical Veterinary to pass the bill.
Please read the NY No-Declaw Bill Fact Sheet, which has been presented to the NY state legislators.
If you are a New York State citizen, contact your NY Assemblymember and Senator (find by zip code here). Give their staff your name, town and message: "Declawing is inhumane and I'd like to see it banned. I support Bill A.1297/S.5084." It's that simple.
If you are NOT a New York State citizen, please send a link for this page to your NY friends.
Cats across NY thank you!
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FACTS ABOUT FELINE DECLAWING
Declawing is amputation; it is not merely the removal of the claws. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian cuts off the last knuckles of a cat's paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. In a person, it is equivalent to amputating each finger or toe at the last joint.
Declaw surgery can be an extremely painful procedure with associated health risks and complications such as infection.
Declaw surgery can produce permanent lameness, pain or arthritis.
Declawing is the same mutilating procedure for house cats or big cats.
More about feline declawing and humane alternatives to declaw surgery»
THE PAW PROJECT's MISSION is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of cat declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate big cats that have been declawed. The short video below shows the dramatic contrast between Kona, a cougar who suffered painful and crippling health problems after declawing, and the natural, pain-free range of movement in a healthy undeclawed cougar.