ALBANY, NY – The New York Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday that makes the state the first state in the US to declare it illegal to decipher a cat.
The bill provides for a fine of US $ 1,000 for carrying out the operation
In many parts of Europe, as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, deciphering a cat is already illegal and Denver, but no other US state has a ban on the procedure in which the toes of a cat are amputated to the first knuckle.
In contrast to human nails, the claws of a cat are attached to the bone. Cut through tendons and nerves to remove the last segment of bone in the toes of a cat.
Proponents of the ban include animal welfare officers, some cat owners, and some veterinarians who consider the practice cruel and barbaric. They predicted that other states would follow their own bans.
"New York is proud to be the first," said Linda Rosenthal, the sponsor of the bill at the State Assembly in Manhattan. "This will have a domino effect."
The New York State Veterinary Medical Society had opposed the bill, arguing that scratching furniture or people should be allowed as a last resort for cats ̵
"Medical decisions should be left to the sound judgment of fully trained, licensed, and state-supervised professionals," the company said in a memorandum against legislation.
According to the law, veterinarians were able to perform the procedure for medical reasons such as infections or injuries.
The law was first introduced years ago and has slowly gained momentum as more lawmakers expressed support. Tuesday was the first time that the measure was put to the vote either in the Senate or in the Assembly.
Cuomo and the majority of lawmakers in both houses of the legislature are Democrats.