Four hours ago Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project posted on Facebook an update on the proposed California legislation to ban declawing in the state. She tells us that the legislation has failed and that they have lost the battle to protect cat paws in California.
I presume that The Paw Project had promoted this legislation. To be honest, I am surprised and of course very saddened by this news. Of all the states of the USA California appears to be the most advanced and enlightened in terms of the possibility that they might ban this operation. After all, eight cities in the state had banned this veterinary operation some time ago.
I do not have more information at this time. I will update the page as and when more news comes through.
Update: A comment from someone in the know:
Jim Bickhart: With difficult bills it sometimes takes several tries in the CA legislature before they finally get it and do the right thing. It’s very unfortunate that a couple of potential votes were lost because certain legislators were sweet-talked by a CVMA that has for all intents and purposes abandoned and neglects to serve the communities they represent.
I excitedly wrote about this legislation recently. It fizzled out quickly which is a shock.