The New York State bill to ban declawing has passed both Senate and Assembly today with overwhelming majorities! This is HUGE! (the legislation has been presented for the last 5 years) The final step is for Governor Cuomo to sign it into law. I don't know when that happens. I will not even consider the possibility of a veto. In other news 7 provinces in Canada have now banned declawing in the past 18 months. Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, New Brunswick (effective July 2019) and Manitoba. In Canada, each province has their Veterinary Medical Association and all practicing vets are required to belong and adhere to all regulations once voted on and passed. What this means is these bans were decided BY the veterinarians. This also is huge, that vets are finally saying NO. Also in Canada, last year VCA Canada, a veterinary chain, stopped declawing cats. (VCA US still declaws) Five other states in the US have legislation in process: New Jersey (which passed it's first assembly by a majority 2 years ago but has stalled since then), Rhode Island, West Virginia, Massachusetts and California. When (not if!) the New York State law goes into effect, this will be the wedge in the door needed to really get this moving.