ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to a vote in the state Legislature.

The Senate and Assembly are both expected to take up the bill Tuesday.

Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

Supporters of a ban in New York include animal welfare advocates, cat owners and veterinarians who argue the practice is cruel and barbaric since it involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle.

"New York prides itself on being first," said the bill's sponsor in the state Assembly, Manhattan Democrat Linda Rosenthal, who said she expects other states to follow suit.Read more on

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A private New York school where a teacher was fired after allegedly holding mock "slave auctions" will hire a diversity officer and change its discipline practices under an agreement with the attorney general announced Wednesday.

The Chapel School in the Westchester County village of Bronxville also will take steps to diversify its staff and student body under the agreement with Attorney General Letitia James.

Complaints from parents led to the firing of fifth-grade teacher Rebecca Antinozzi in March and an investigation by James' office, which found that Antinozzi had black students line up against a wall wearing imaginary shackles and then simulated auctioning them off to their white classmates.

"The investigation found that the teacher's reenactments in the two classes had a profoundly negative effect on all of the students present — especially the African-American students — and the school community at large," James' office said.

Investigators also learned that parents had complained before about a lack of racial sensitivity at the school and its unequal discipline of students based on race.

In a statement, school Principal Michael Schultz said the school had made mental health counseling available after the incident and arranged for anti-discrimination discussions and meetings with fifth-grade families.

"We accept responsibility for the overall findings," Schultz said, "and we are committed to implementing all items outlined by the attorney general to help us deepen our cultural competence.Read more on

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