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New York has become the first state to ban cat declawing!

Great news this morning for our feline friends! Well done, New York, for becoming the first state to ban the declawing of cats.

Governor 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. The bill, passed by the state assembly in June, will take effect immediately, according to the governor’s office.

Removing a cat’s claws requires the partial amputation of the last bone in each of the toes of a cat’s front feet. The governor’s office often said cat’s often strain their leg joints and spine in response to the removal, which can result in chronic pain.

In the statement, Senator Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris compared the procedure to severing a human finger at the knuckle. “Cats’ claws play an important role in various aspects of their lives,” the bill reads. “When a person has its animal declawed, usually in an attempt to protect furniture, they do fundamental damage to that animal, both physically and in behavioral ways.”

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