It's a great moment to be a cat in New York state today.

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WIVB reports that Governor Cuomo has a signed off on a ban on cat declawing.  T

“Cat declawing is a brutal procedure similar to severing a human finger at the first knuckle and has lifelong ramifications for cats,” Cuomo said in a press release. “I am proud of the new Senate majority’s emphasis on animal welfare and am glad the Governor enacted this legislation.”

Declawing, called onychectomy is the removal of all or most of the last bone on the toes of cats.  This effects the tendons, nerves and ligaments.

“Today, New York becomes the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing. Declawing is cruelty, plain and simple, and with so many low-cost and pain-free alternatives available, there is no reason to allow this barbaric practice to continue, not here in New York or anywhere. It’s a wonderful day for the cats of the state and the people who love them,” said Assembly member Linda Rosenthal.

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