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San Francisco Bans Declawing!

Written by PETA | November 4, 2009
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Purrrrr. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to make disabling declawing cats illegal, and other California cities are set to vote on similar measures this week.

Painful and traumatic, declawing is really 10 separate amputations in which the last joint of every single toe gets cut off along with the nail. Declawing a cat is the equivalent of cutting a person’s fingers off at the first knuckle and leads to gradual weakening of cats’ legs, shoulders, and back muscles. Declawed cats are more likely to have behavior “problems” such as avoiding the litterbox and biting, and they are commonly surrendered to shelters by frustrated guardians.

Germany and other parts of Europe have outlawed declawing as a form of cruelty, and many conscientious veterinarians in the U.S. refuse to declaw because they realize that all someone needs to do to save their furniture (or whatever other lame excuse people come up with to justify mangling their kitties) is take the time to simply trim their cats’ nails and buy proper scratching posts.

The Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Berkeley city councils will be considering or voting on declawing bans this week, so please tell anyone you know in these cities to send an urgent e-mail to their councilmembers today.

Written by Heather Drennan (with help from Wellington)

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  • Waveguide says:

    I’m sure this won’t be posted because it favors declawing!! I’ve spent $400 for laser surgery to declaw my 3yr old siamese. He would have been put to sleep had I not adopted him. He’s playful fit in all appearances is very happy. Isn’t it a better choice to adopt declaw than eunthanize?

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks San Francisco for taking a lead in making this cruel practice illegal. Hopefully the other Ca cities will follow suit.

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    WOOHOO!!!! REPRESENT HOME TOWN REPRESENT!!! Now if Los Angeles where I live now would only follow on this trend…

  • carol frayne says:

    Thank Gd for common sense which has finally prevailed! I hope it continues right across the USA and stops countless cats from being mutilated. I have had a life time living with cats in my home and apart from the odd incident of accidentally scratching a piece of cloth furniture we have had no problems. It probably stems from the fact they have the correct scratching posts and I clip their claws every month myself. Get your vets to show you how and get the right equipment and you don’t need to get a cat declawed. I can’t begin to imagine how by paintful it is.

  • AAG says:

    Declawing only helps the pockets of greedy unethical vets. Declawing is a horrible painful amputation that should be left in the annals of vet med history and listed as a shameful and unethical practice. USA and Canadian vets bewarethis practice is shameful unethical and cruel.

  • David Linder. says:

    This is great. I wish everyone would consider adopting this law. It hurts me to think that people would consider doing this to their pets. If they are worried about scratches on their furniture then maybe they should consider purchasing the right scratching items found in stores or even build their own. Or maybe even consider not having a cat in the first place. Ignorance scares me. We should do our research before considering adopting any type of creature. Thank you PETA for sharing this with us.

  • Jenna says:

    This is great! Now lets ban declawing in LA!

  • Melanie says:

    That is great news. It is a very cruel practice. I remember as a child my mother telling me about what happens when cats get declawed she had somehow managed to see what actually happens in the process and never allowed it to happen to any of her babies. I once was around a cat which had been declawed. It was the most neurotic and skittish cat I have ever seen in my life.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    San Francisco is an ideal city for vegetarians and animal welfare related causes. Lamentably it’s SO EXPENSIVE !

  • Talysha says:

    I’m glad that they might outlaw it. I have a declawed cat but now that I know how it hurts them psychological and physically. My cat has only had the weakening of her shoulders and legs also she won’t let people touch her paws her personality hasn’t changed. But at the shelter I volunteering at there is a cat that is declawed and she hisses and swats at most people. So I know how it changes them. Now if I got another cat I would never declaw them. I wouldn’t have got my cat declawed but I had no choice My grandma took her to get declawed

  • simara says:

    THIS is awesome!!!having two cats who a previous “caretaker” declawed and seeing first hand the psychological effect on them as well as physical I would be very happy if this cruel unnecessary act was banned well as tail docking and debarking. if people are sooo worried about ruining their couch they should adopt a couch not a cat.