Burbank Anti De-Clawing Ordinance
Burbank in a Haze - Now come on Council members lets not get hazy - keep focused - think what is right and proper.
22-11-09: The meetings for the Burbank Anti De-Clawing Ordinance are in progress and the next one is on 24th Nov. 2009. There is some opposition. It is council members that decide, lets remind ourselves, and they have their own opinions despite carrying the responsibility of representing the people of Burbank, the majority of whom I would argue would like to see the ban in place.
Apparently, one of the arguments for not enacting the ban is that people will take their cats elsewhere so why bother. This is a poor argument.
Firstly some people will not travel elsewhere to have their cats declawed so it provides resistance. However, it is bigger than that. An ordinance banning declawing is symbolic and a statement of intent. It also is one more city in a potential network of cities that will gradually erode the concept that declawing is acceptable.
It is the law changing the behavior of people. Legislation can do that. It is therefore a proactive measure with the potential to change attitudes in the long term. That is why is must happen and the weak argument that people will go elsewhere is poor.
Another argument against the ban is that the ban is silly because the way to stop declawing is for people to not own cats if they cannot accept scratching. Fine but not practical. This argument does not address the underlying problem that people think it is OK to own a cat and declaw it (modify it). As people think this they will still buy a cat even if they don't like the cat's claws because they can just modify it. They have been told that this is OK by the veterinarians. The people have been indoctrinated by the so called "experts".
So, there is only one practical solution...ban the bl**dy practice.
All decent people with common sense and a caring attitude will want a ban and the council members should be this kind of person - that is their role, their job.
The Burbank Anti De-Clawing Ordinance must be made law.
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