Feline better: New York bans cat declawing
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill outlawing the removal of cats’ claws for cosmetic reasons with immediate effect, in a move hailed by cat lovers. The legislation had been passed by the state assembly in June. “Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures,” he added. Declawing is an operation that involves the entire or partial amputation of bones in a cat’s front feet. The practice is common in the United States where pet owners often do it to stop themselves from being scratched or to protect their furniture.