May 19, 2016
Some New York veterinarians are lobbying for the state to ban feline declawing, saying the practice is unnecessary and harmful. Other veterinarians, including the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, oppose the ban, noting that declawing may be the only way to prevent euthanasia in some situations. The society argues that the decision to declaw should be made between an owner and their veterinarian, not by lawmakers. Declawing is illegal in some countries and certain US cities, but no US states have banned the procedure.