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Gianaris’ Cat Declawing Bill Passed by Lawmakers Tuesday

Mike Gianaris at a recent press conference calling for a ban of the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits (Senator Mike Gianaris)

June 5, 2019 By Max Murray

State Senator Michael Gianaris announced yesterday the passage of legislation that would ban cat declawing.

The legislation, passed by both the Assembly and Senate Tuesday, would impose a $1,000 fine on any person found guilty of declawing a cat unless the procedure is medically necessary.

“Cat declawing is a brutal procedure similar to severing a human finger at the first knuckle and has lifelong ramifications for cats,” Gianaris said in a statement. “I am proud of the Senate’s emphasis on animal welfare and I am pleased we passed this important proposal.”

The legislation was passed on Animal Advocacy Day, a day when pet owners and advocates go to the capitol and discuss legislation.

Gianaris sponsored the bill in the senate, while Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, who represents the Upper Westside, was the Assembly sponsor. The legislation awaits the signature of the Governor Cuomo before becoming law.

Cat declawing is the process of removing a cat’s claws through the amputation of the end bones attached to the claw. This procedure severely damages the ligaments, tendons, and nerves of the cat’s paw.

The surgery, according to Gianaris, often results in negative behavioral traits such as aggression, biting/spraying, depression, and refusal to use the litter box.

New York would be the first state to enact legislation banning this kind of procedure.

“They say a society is judged by the way it treats its animals, and we’re trying to make a statement that in New York we care about our four-legged friends and family members,” Gianaris told pet owners at the Capitol yesterday. “We’re not going to stop until they get all the protections they deserve.”

Gianaris and Rosenthal have long fought for animal protections. They introduced a bill in their respective chambers earlier this year to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. That bill has yet to go to the floor for a vote.

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Leo Zacks

Mike Gianaris aka “Ephialtes” the hunchback traitor from the movie 300. This politician has betrayed our community.

In the last 6 months, Gianaris has:

– chased away 25,000 jobs

– co-sponsored the late term abortion bill

– supported new tolls (congestion pricing) in Manhattan

To all my fellow Greek and Cypriot Americans, we need to stop supporting this traitor Mike Gianaris.
Spread the word!!!

Gee I wonder why your sources are far-right tabloids?

– There were a number of New York politicians and neighborhood activists that didn’t want Amazon here after the Seattle disaster. You had no idea.

– The Reproductive Health Act legalizes abortion past 24 weeks of pregnancy if the woman’s life is at risk. Strange you’d rather she die.

– Congestion pricing will reduce pollution (not like Trump Lovers care) and pay for the subway. Or as you put it, “muh tolls!”

Evelyn Schwertl

This is a stupid law. It will end up forcing people to euthanize overly-
aggressive cats. Similarly, women don’t want an abortion, but sometimes it’s necessary.


Yes this is ill advised law. Now cats will be euthanized instead of being adopted because they can not be declawed –how is this better? Killing a cat is better than declawing and having a forever home? Factually incorrect declawed cats: “often results in negative behavioral traits” this is false and an empty baseless comment.


Why don’t we address the GENOCIDE of Palestinian PEOPLE By the state of israel?? This is not as important as cats claws???

Oh, Lily

What a fraud Gianaris is: loves cats but hate human babies; he supports abortion through all nine months. He is a hypocrite!

Respect All Life

“A society is judged by the way it treats animals.” It is more importantly judged by the way it treats all human life including the elderly and unborn babies


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