New York Times: Cat Declawing Ban Is Passed by N.Y. Lawmakers

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Backers of the ban, however, said that the procedure causes intense, lasting pain for the animal, and likened it to mutilation.

“It’s the equivalent of severing a finger at the first knuckle,” said State Senator Michael N. Gianaris, the Queens Democrat who serves as the chamber’s deputy leader. “It’s said that a society can be judged by the way it treats its animals, and by allowing this practice to continue, we have not been setting a good example. Today we can move that in the right direction.”

And for once, Mr. Gianaris’s Republican counterpart agreed.

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