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|Originally Posted: 21 October 2009|
Pass California Declaw Bans, So Other Cities Follow
From Kinship Circle
Urge Santa Monica and Malibu city officials to pass a ban on
declawing cats. Passage of this law will encourage other cities
to do the same.
Take action before October 27, 2009!
CITY OF SANTA MONICA
Mayor Ken Genser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Robert Holbrook
Councilmember Kevin McKeown
City Manager P. Lamont Ewell
CITY OF MALIBU
Mayor Andy Stern: email@example.com
City Manager Jim Thorsen
INFORMATION / SAMPLE LETTER FOR TALKING POINTS:
Dear City Officials of Santa Monica and Malibu, California:
I thank both Santa Monica and Malibu City Council Members for their support of a ban on the declawing of cats. Your informed position on this inhumane practice is highly commendable. I urge officials in both cities to enact the proposed bans and thereby establish a precedent for communities worldwide.
Declawing is already illegal or restricted in over 20
Overwhelming evidence shows declawing causes severe behavioral problems that often lead guardians to abandon their animals in overcrowded shelters. Undesirable behavior in 33% of declawed cats begins post-procedure, according to a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (JAVMA). National shelter surveys reveal that 70-80% of cats surrendered for offensive behavior are declawed.
San Francisco Care and Control, East Bay SPCA, Palo Alto Humane Society, and other shelters oppose declawing. Los Angeles SPCA portrays the act of declawing cats as "cruel, unnecessary, and inhumane."
Cats with intact claws are relinquished for human-related
reasons such as
Moreover, declawing generates suffering and permanent
When declaw bans reach the floor for a vote in Santa Monica and Malibu, I encourage both cities to endorse this model legislation.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!