It is great to see the well-known comedian and actor both supporting The Paw Project and encouraging New York legislators to turn the Bill they are debating on the banning of declawing into law (a statute).
The debate amongst the law makers of New York state on banning declawing is huge for all cat and animal lovers. It is such a significant moment. If they turn this Bill into statute and ban declawing statewide there will be reverberations throughout the country. We would be hopeful that other states would follow suit.
It is time things changed. There is a general and gradual change in attitudes against declawing both amongst veterinarians and cat owners. It is dawning on some people that the misleading description of “declawing” is better described as a barbaric act of legalised cat cruelty involving ten amputations.
It is wonderful to see Ricky Gervais adding some celebrity weight to the battle to stop this anomaly of cat ownership. Declawing only occurs in North America. It is a bizarre state of affairs. It is difficult to understand how the operation took hold around 50 years ago. Declawing of cats was not always an option in N. America. It was unheard of at one time.
In the UK it is unheard of. Most cat owners would not know of it if asked about it. Ricky Gervais lives with a Seal Pointed Siamese, Ollie.