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Last month we shared the news that New York might become the first US state to ban cat declawing following a vote to make the procedure illegal.

We are now delighted to announce that New York has, in fact, become the first US state to ban the procedure after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York ban yesterday!

International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine consider the declawing of cats for anything other than genuine therapeutic medical reasons to be an act of mutilation and to be unethical. Although already illegal in many countries, this procedure is still a surprisingly common practice in some and so in 2017, following the publication of new research to show that declawing increases the risk of long-term or persistent pain in cats, we called for a worldwide ban on cat declawing. To find out more about our stance on declawing click here.

Supporters of the new law in New York, which took effect immediately, predict it will lead to similar proposals across the US. And, with individual cities in the US such as San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles having already banned cat declawing and several states including California considering bans there is the promise that others in the US will follow suit.