This just crossed my desk:
At the City of Los Angeles Animal Commission meeting this morning Bill Dyer
of In Defense of Animals suggested that the City ban cat declawing. He said
it was not just for the benefit of cats but because the author of the West
Hollywood, CA, declaw ban proposal "says it is the first step toward
implementing the "guardian" concept".
A veterinarian from West Hollywood also appeared with Dyer in support this
ban. Commission Chair, Paul Jolly (PetCo Foundation head), and Kathy Riordan
(LA former Mayor's daughter) both favor the declaw ban (and the "guardian"
WE NEED LETTERS to Los Angeles. Our strategy will be similar to West
Hollywood - we oppose declawing of cats, but we do not support a legislative
ban. The "guardian" concept, and laws,such as any ban on veterinary
procedures that are legally allowed in the state, are the first step toward
removing animal owners' property rights.
Veterinary practice is governed by California state law and cannot be
regulated by local jurisdictions. We support the right of pet owners to make
decisions with their own veterinarian regarding declaw or other surgeries,
depending on individual situations. Veterinary medicine is complex and
evolving. When declaw surgery is performed with proper techniques and pain
medication there may be circumstances where this could allow a cat to stay in
At the same time, as this list well knows, fanciers need to strive to educate
the public and veterinarians to reduce routine declawing and to encourage
alternatives to declawing. Refer to the CFA web site for CFA's Statement on
Declawing of Cats.www.cfainc.org/health/declawing.html
***Legal opinions are being prepared for the Los Angeles City Attorney.
***Watch for further alerts and information on the Commission meeting agendas.
***Fax objections to the declaw ban suggestion (there is no ordinance yet).
Let the Mayor and City Attorney know immediately that this is a highly
controversial issue connected to the "guardian" campaign to remove pet owners
***Other contact information, points, updates and alerts will follow.
CFA Legislative Coordinator
Mayor, City of Los Angeles
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone (213) 978-0600
Fax (213) 978-0656MayorHahn@mayor.lacity.org
City of Los Angeles
1800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone (213) 485-5408
Fax (213) email@example.com
Send a separate copy to:
Mr. Terree Bowers
Chief Deputy City Attorney
Fax (213) 847-3014