New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill into law on Monday that prohibits the declawing of cats because, as Cuomo said, it is "a cruel and painful procedure." This is the same governor who signed a bill into law in January that allows abortion up to the moment of birth and even allows babies that survive an abortion to be left unattended to die on a table.
Cuomo is a Catholic apparently in good standing with the church in New York. Commenting on Cuomo's actions, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said, "The same governor who pushed for a bill that allows doctors not to attend to the health of a child after he or she has survived an abortion signed a bill yesterday banning the declawing of cats; New York is the first state to do so."
"Andrew Cuomo has no stomach for cat declawing," said Donohue. "He called it 'a cruel and painful procedure,' one that is positively 'inhumane,' yet there is no record of him ever speaking that way about abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Nor has he ever branded infanticide an 'archaic practice,' though that is exactly what he called cat declawing."
"Cuomo had better stay put in his job," said Donohue. "Were he to seek office outside New York he would be in for a wake-up call: Most Americans are much more repulsed by dismembering a human baby in utero—to say nothing of sanctioning infanticide—than they are cat declawing."
"The man’s ethical priorities are appalling," said Donohue. "It makes one wonder what religion he belongs to."