City Council Condemns Cat Declawing
by Amanda Ali
Posted on January 23, 2003
The West Hollywood, CA City Council has unanimously approved a resolution condemning cat declawing and will soon vote on legislation banning the practice.
If the ban is enacted, it would be the first of its kind to go into effect in the United States.
The Paw Project
City Councilman John Duran, who has had the claws of several of his cats removed, proposed the ban after learning that declawing is a surgical procedure that does not only involve removing a cat's claws.
"It's the equivalent of removing a knuckle off of a human finger," said Duran. "Had I known that, I would have sought alternatives."
"I've lived with cats for many years and would never dream of subjecting them to this needless, painful mutilation," said famed actress and animal welfare advocate Bea Arthur.
Declawing is banned in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and most of Europe, except in cases of medical necessity.