Go to your favorite search engine, type in 'New York State' and 'de-claw' and you'll find a wealth of articles about Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal's bill to make the practice of de-clawing (technical term: Onychectomy) illegal in the entire state.
A partial list of countries that have outlawed or condemned this unfortunate practice:
In the United States, the following cities have made it illegal:
West Hollywood, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Beverly Hills, CA
Culver City, CA
States that prohibit landlords from demanding resident cats be de-clawed as a condition of residency:
If you'd like more information, go to The Paw Project. There is so much stuff you can find online or in books at the library about living peaceably with cat's nails, such as scratching posts, those little nylon thingies, and routine nail clipping that can make a huge difference!