New York Considers A Ban On Declawing Cats05:06
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Many cat owners declaw their pets in an effort to prevent damage to furniture and other household items, but animal rights groups like PETA call it a "painful and permanently crippling procedure." (roadsidepictures/Flickr)
Many cat owners declaw their pets in an effort to prevent damage to furniture and other household items, but animal rights groups like PETA call it a "painful and permanently crippling procedure." (roadsidepictures/Flickr)
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For years, some pet owners have routinely had their cats declawed to keep them from scratching furniture or people. But the State of New York is considering a bill that would ban the procedure.

Opponents of declawing point out that it is not a simple cosmetic procedure, but a surgery that amputates a segment of bone, ligaments and nerves in the paw.

New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal sponsored the legislation, and tells Here & Now's Robin Young it's time to outlaw the procedure.

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This segment aired on May 27, 2016.

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