Ricky Gervais Supports Bill to Ban Declawing in New York

A groundbreaking bill to ban declawing in New York is getting a push of support from comedian Ricky Gervais, along with many animal rights activists.

The bill, AB 1297, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal last year, would ban declawing cats and other animals, with exceptions for cases where the procedure would be medically necessary to treat an underlying condition.

While declawing remains a controversial topic among vets, animal advocates and cat owners, the fact remains that it isn’t a simple procedure that merely removes a cat’s nails. Rather, the procedure, which is formally known as an onychectomy, involves surgically removing the last joint in a cat’s toe to which the nail is attached.

For cats, it’s a ten-toe amputation. Many critics liken the procedure to cutting off the last joint of our fingers, but even that does not compare since we don’t walk on our hands.

While many cats find themselves the victims of this procedure because they scratch things, their advocates continue to point out this is a natural behavior for them whether we like it or not. If they’re declawed, they might not be able to scratch anymore, but they may also turn to other bad behaviors like biting as a defense, and worse, they could have to live with harmful side effects like chronic pain for the rest of their lives as a result of the procedure.

While animal advocates are working to educate people on safe and effective alternatives that range from Sticky Paws and scratching posts to nail caps, they’re also working to see this bill become a law in New York and they’re getting widespread support across the board from cat lovers and veterinarians to celebrities, including Ricky Gervais who recently spoke out on the issue.

FROM RICKY GERVAIS: “How could anyone in their right mind declaw a cat or a kitten? I could never imagine committing…

Posted by The Paw Project on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Even a comedian knows that cat declawing is no laughing matter,” said Rosenthal. “It’s a painful mutilation that is performed for human convenience. Ensuring that the veterinarians who still perform this inhumane procedure can continue to profit from it is not our job as elected officials. It is, however, our duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”


Please sign and share the petition asking lawmakers to make New York a leader when it comes to the humane treatment of our companion animals by supporting legislation that would ban declawing throughout the state.

You can also help by supporting compassionate vets who refuse to perform mutilating procedures on pets like declawing and devocalization. If you’re looking for a new one, Declaw.com has a state-by-state list of vets who have pledged not to declaw.

For more info on how to help stop declawing, check out the Paw Project.

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Lesa D
Past Member about a year ago

thank you Ricky!!!

Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Petition already signed, sharing again. Ricky is so cool, love him

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marie W.
Marie W3 years ago

Ban it everywhere.

Veronica Danie
.3 years ago

Thank You!

Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago


Codruta Onaga
Codruta Onaga3 years ago

What about to "declaw" those people who do or support that practice? Wouldn't be nice make them experience that? Eye for an eye when it goes to animals...

Deborah W.
Deborah W3 years ago

IN A HEARTBEAT feel there should be a ban on declawing cats and other animals -- with exceptions deemed medically necessary to treat an underlying condition (makes sense if you believe those in power making that call are honest and not for-profit above all else). That it remains a controversial topic among vets, animal advocates and cat owners is certainly understandable. Not just a simple procedure that removes nails, but surgically removes the last joint in a cat's toe to which the nail is attached (in essence, a ten-toe amputation, much like cutting off the last joint of our fingers, except we don't walk on our hands. Truth in the fact that this mutilation is performed for human convenience and insures vets an excuse for-profit. Though not elected officials, it IS our duty (called stewardship) to protect those with no-choice no-voice who cannot protect themselves.
Think word-of-mouth by customers AND advertising non-use of this method by vets would could help support the cause, while hopefully depleting the money chain of others. GLAD TO SEE THE MENTION OF DEVOCALIZATION AS WELLl, for this procedure creates the real and proven possibility of death by choking on the scar tissue which forms after surgery. Don't know much about cats, but as a dog owner know of others who didn't like the muted sound that did remain and got rid of their dog anyway. VERY SICK AND UNCARING SOCIETY ...

Stardust Noel
Past Member 3 years ago

Ban it everywhere in the U.S !

Connie O.
Connie O3 years ago

Petition signed.