Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New York Could Become 1st State to Ban Declawing of Cats

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New York Could Become 1st State to Ban Declawing of Cats

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ALBANY, N.Y. * New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.

Several vets along with a "spokescat" named Rubio came to the state Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for the ban. They say the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through bone, tendon and nerves to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes, is unnecessary and cruel. Australia, Britain and several European countries already ban the practice. It's also illegal in Los Angeles and some other California cities.

"It's a disfiguring, inhumane and misguided procedure," said Eileen Jefferson, an Ulster County, N.Y., veterinarian who refuses to perform the procedure.

While Jefferson and the other vets discussed the bill at a press conference in the Capitol, Rubio roamed the room, sniffing reporters and occasionally offering a meow. …

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