New York has become the first state to make it illegal to declaw a cat

New York's Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would make the state the first in the U.S. to make it illegal to declaw a cat.

The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the operation, now heads to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose representatives said he will review the bill before deciding if he will sign it.

Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver, but no other U.S. state has voted to ban the procedure, which involves amputating a cat's toes back to the first knuckle.

 
 

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