End Cruel Animal Declawing

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Target: Linda Rosenthal, Assemblywoman from Manhattan

Goal: Ban cruel animal declawing operations in New York State

New York State may become the first state to make declawing cats, and other animals, illegal. State assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is behind this compassionate legislation. Declawing is actually amputation and is equivalent to a human having the end of his or her finger (up to the first joint) removed. Taking a cat’s claws is inhumane and painful—passing this legislation is long overdue.

Rosenthal was inspired by animal rights activists to introduce this legislation. If this legislation passes, declawing cats and other pets will be illegal in New York State, except if the procedure is medically necessary to improve an animal’s life. New York would be the first state to pass a law of this nature.

Currently, Rosenthal is looking for a co-sponsor for this bill to help it pass both the House and Senate and make its way to the governor’s desk. By signing this petition, you give Rosenthal the leverage of the people as you will stand with Rosenthal for the animals of New York State. End the cruel practice of declawing in New York State, and encourage the ban to spread across the country.


Dear Assemblywoman Rosenthal,

I am writing to support your movement to make declawing illegal in New York State. Declawing a cat is debilitating and incredibly painful. Declawing is equivalent to amputating up to the first joint of a human finger—an incredibly inhumane practice.

Defending animals in a legal setting is not very popular in America today. Animals need every advocate they can get, especially representatives within the government. This is not the first time that you have made legislative decisions in favor of animals. Your influence makes a huge difference in the lives of New York’s animals. Thank you for understanding the plight of domesticated animals, and making a true difference in their lives.

Please use my signature, as well as the other signatures that this petition generates, to move the declawing legislation through the House and Senate. I support your decision to make declawing illegal and it is my hope that if this bill passes into law, other states will follow New York’s lead and put an end to the debilitating practice of declawing. Please continue ruling on behalf of the domesticated animals of New York.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  2. Bina pannell says:

    This is simply barbaric. No vet should be obliging these idiots.

  3. Sam Outhorn says:

    Vets indulge in many nonsense acts for money… Where is the law? If no law can be found on the subject now, it is high time to draft one!

  4. Cecily Colloby says:

    All vets who declaw cats should be struck off- after having THEIR fingernais ripped out…..

  5. I signed the petition but I fear that some low life idiot will try to do it (declawing) the first time his/her precious furniture gets a scratch. If you can’t tolerate a few scratches on furniture or your own skin then get a dog or do without a pet. If you play with fire you get burned; if you play with cats you’ll get scratched. That is just a fact of life.

  6. It’s a pity that a law is needed for such a practice. They don’t do this here, even as cut tails and ears (Ned.) I agree with Laura, if you will have a cat, you must take schratchpales. Or else take no pet at all.

  7. they become defenseless in this cruel and horrible world man has made for them allow them some for of a fight and it isn’t natural to do this to them rethink how we treat the animal kingdom!

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