New York made history this summer by becoming the first state to ban the declawing of cats.
Pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law Monday, saying it would protect animals from an “inhumane and unnecessary” procedure, CNN reports.
The law means that cats now have more protections under New York law than unborn babies.
Animal rights advocates said the law, which passed the state legislature in June, would protect cats from a painful procedure that requires a partial amputation of their toes. Veterinarians who violate the measure could face $1,000 fines. Exceptions would be allowed if the cat has medical problems.
The bill goes into effect immediately.
Here’s more from the report:
Removing a cat’s claws requires the partial amputation of the last bone in each of the toes on a cat’s front feet. The governor’s office said cats often strain their leg joints and spine in response to the removal, which can result in chronic pain.
In the statement, senate deputy leader Michael Gianaris compared the procedure to severing a human finger at the knuckle.
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The New York State Veterinary Medical Society opposed the legislation, saying it supports owners’ and veterinarians’ right to choose whether to declaw a cat. It noted that some owners may choose to declaw a cat because of health problems, such as an impaired immune system or diabetes, according to the report.
“NYSVMS believes a veterinarian…should be permitted to make medical decisions after direct consultation with a client and a thorough examination of the patient and its home circumstances,” it said in a statement.
Protecting animals from unnecessary pain and abuse is noble, but many New York lawmakers are being discriminatory about which lives they choose to protect.
Just a few months ago, many of the same lawmakers voted to end basically all legal protections for unborn human babies in their state. And when Cuomo signed the pro-abortion bill into law, they celebrated.
The New York Reproductive Health Act goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which once were illegal in New York, now are allowed, and non-doctors may perform abortions.
The act redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.”
As part of the act, lawmakers also repealed a law that required medical care to be provided to babies who survive abortions, basically allowing infanticide by neglect. They also ended criminal penalties for people who kill an unborn baby during an illegal act, such as abusing the mother.
An abortion is a cruel barbaric act that is much worse than declawing an animal. An abortion kills an unborn baby – a unique, living human being from the moment of conception. In some cases, nearly fully formed unborn babies are aborted by being dismembered. In D&E (dilation and evacuation) abortions, second trimester unborn babies are ripped apart limb from limb while their hearts are still beating.
And while the Democrat-controlled New York legislature is focused on protecting cats, every year more than 1,400 late-term unborn babies and tens of thousands more in the first- and second-trimesters are legally killed in abortions in their state.
Protecting life should be the primary focus of public servants. Instead, these New York lawmakers choose to discriminate and place more value on some lives than others. Ultimately, their choices serve the abortion industry and its deadly work, rather than the vulnerable mothers and unborn children who so desperately need society’s support.