Joan Morris, Bay Area News Group
A bill that would ban declawing of cats, a surgical procedure many consider cruel and unnecessary, has started its way through the California legislature.
Declawing has been banned in many parts of the world, and is illegal in San Francisco, Los Angeles and six other California cities.
“Declawed cats can suffer long-term physical complications as a result of declawing,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), who introduced the bill, AB 1230. “It’s not just a fancy manicure. It’s painful, unnecessary and needs to stop.”
When cats are declawed, the last joint on each toe is removed to prevent the claw from growing back. Many veterinarians have called the practice barbaric, causing unneeded pain and suffering, and leading to unexpected complications.
The most common reasons giving for declawing cats is to prevent them from tearing up the furniture or scratching their owners.