Cats win in New York as declawing ban is passed by lawmakers

On Tuesday, New York lawmakers did a good thing and passed a ban on cat declawing surgeries, with an exception in cases of medical necessity. This ban protects cats from having to undergo such surgeries for “cosmetic or aesthetic” reasons. Several cat owners have chosen to declaw their cats simply to prevent them from scratching their furniture and other surfaces, but finally, more and more people are beginning to see that it is actually doing more harm than good.

Brian Shapiro, the New York director of the Humane Society, told the New York Times that “declawing is a convenience surgery, with a very high complication rate, that offers no benefit to the cat.” He added that it causes “an increase in biting and litter-box avoidance, which often results in the cat being surrendered to an animal shelter.”

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