The Jury Talks Back


The Sad Inconsistency Of New York Values

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:39 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Because of the cruelty involved in declawing pet cats, the state of New York is on its way to become the first state to outlaw the practice:

New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to a vote in the state Legislature.

The Senate and Assembly are both expected to take up the bill on Tuesday.

Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

Supporters of a ban in New York include animal welfare advocates, cat owners and veterinarians who argue the practice is cruel and barbaric since it involves the amputation of a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle.

“New York prides itself on being first,” said the bill’s sponsor in the state Assembly, Manhattan Democrat Linda Rosenthal, who said she expects other states to follow suit. “This will have a domino effect.”

There is opposition to the bill:

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society says the procedure should be allowed as a last resort for felines that won’t stop scratching furniture or humans — or when the cat’s owner has a weakened immune system, putting them at greater risk of infection from a scratch.

The report goes on to point out the penalties in place:

Under the bill, people who violate the ban on declawing a cat could face fines of $1,000. Veterinarians could still perform the procedure for medical reasons, such as infection or injury.

Additionally, the bill is expected to pass both the Senate and Assembly next week, and then it will be up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law.

Given that declawing cats is indeed cruel and barbaric, I see it as reasonable to outlaw or severely limit the practice. Put a slip cover on your damn couch, or just don’t get a cat. However, the inconsistency of New Yorkers and what constitutes the cruel and barbaric is a sad irony, given that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act in January, which allowed women to have abortions up until the point of birth. Abortion is now a ‘fundamental right’ in New York and prohibits all limits on abortion.

What has happened to a people that they can be so outraged at the cruel practice of declawing a cat and demand a law prohibiting the procedure, yet simultaneously demand a law that allows them to have a third-trimester, full-term baby be the recipient of a vicious incision made at the base of their tiny head to allow their brain to be necessarily sucked out, thus collapsing the skull so that they can then be expelled from the woman’s body? It is incomprehensible.

Ironically, the same people that demanded a law guaranteeing unrestricted abortion up until the point of birth ghoulishly celebrated their “win” by breaking out into cheers and applause in the State House, and lighting up the Empire State Building in pink:



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