Declawing was banned tonight 28-10-09 in Santa Monica, 6 to 1

by Michael
(London, UK)

28th October 2009: I have it hot of the press that declawing was banned tonight 28-10-09 in Santa Monica, California, USA, on a 6 to 1 vote. One of the stalwart supporters of banning this brutal procedure, Willow Evans, has sent an email this morning (UK time) to the UK. As I understand it (and I am open to being corrected as the matter unfolds) this latest vote concerns the approval of the ordinance that was drafted after the Sept 22nd 2009 meeting that approved the drawing up of a bill (or draft legislation).

Well if that is it we have legislation to ban declawing at the local level. And this is the best level as it is more likely to bring results.

Santa Monica Council Chambers
Santa Monica Council Chamber - photo by Omar Omar

However, from January 1st 2010 it will not be possible for city legislators in California to enact such legislation as under new law signed off by the state governor only state legislation can do that (shame on the governor).

One of the people supporting the prohibition of city legislators in California banning declawing was Dr. Nunez, the president of the California Veterinary Medical Association. In another post on the subject of declawing he pleads his case saying that he is not a bad person. Maybe not but he is a bad decision maker in my opinion and one day he will see the error of his ways. See the post here: Malibu City Council Votes Against Ban on Cat Declawing.

Dr Nunez is supporting and promoting vets who declaw for non-therapeutic reasons. That is obviously wrong.

If someone can update this post in a comment that would be great. It might need correcting.

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Oct 29, 2009 Finally some good news
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Thank you, Santa Monica. A small step, but hopefully just the first of many, which eventually will end the sufferings of America's declawed cats.
The rest of the World already knows - declawing is not only cruel, it's plain stupid as it creates more problems than it solves.

Oct 28, 2009 "De-Clawing Ban"
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Ultimately, public opinion of cat owners opposing "De-Clawing" has at least had some effect in U.S.A. Owning a "de-Clawed" cat is akin to owning a mechanised artificial robotic toy cat, a total slave to its human masters.Let nature exist in its natural form.

Oct 28, 2009 At Last
by: C. Kennie

Thank you so much, Willow Evans!!! What an awesome bit of news. Declawing is cruel and should never be allowed. My friend's cat's name is Willow.

Oct 28, 2009 great news
by: kathy

I am thrilled to hear this news. Now if only the rest of the country can see this.

Oct 28, 2009 Santa Monica
by: The Paw Project

The Santa Monica Declaw Ban passed last night 6-1. (There is a second reading, but unless something very odd happens, it will become law).

All seven Councilmembers spoke out against declawing for owner convenience and against "packaging" declaw surgery with spaying and neutering.

Proposed bans in LA, SF, Beverly Hills, and Berkeley are coming up soon for consideration.

To help support, go to:

Three non-local CVMA vets and two other persons testified against the ban.

About 40 people showed up to support the ban, including five or six local, CVMA-member vets and a representative of HSVMA. Over 20 people testified in favor of a ban.

The Paw Project

Oct 28, 2009 Santa Monica ban
by: Ruth aka Kattaddorra

An email with the good news came from Willow Evans in the USA who is one of the leading people in the battle to have declawing banned:

To:Our friends who are awake in Europe
Declawing was banned tonight in Santa Monica,
6 to 1
Thank you for your letters of support.
More later It's almost 2 AM here.

She just wanted to let us know the result and will no doubt be back with more details when she's had some rest.

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