Originally Posted by jcat
If declawing is illegal in a city or state, landlords won't be able to require that cats be declawed.
Renting with pets can be problematic anywhere, and there are lots of landlords over here who say no pets, but it's often just a standard clause trotted out by agencies and can be subject to negotiation. Many will relent if you offer to pay an extra deposit to cover any damage.
I can't see an end to declawing without a law. While it's available, there are some people who will see it as a solution to a problem. They may say they don't really want to declaw, but if they see a problem or potential problem caused by their cat having claws (scratching furniture, having a baby in the house etc.) it's a potential solution that offers itself. It will take at least a generation of no declawing at all for people to forget such a procedure is technically possible, and to seek other solutions to scratching problems. Yes there are some who will change their mind upon being educated about the procedure, but I fear there are a lot who will not be convinced. Only by making it illegal will they be forced to accept they cannot declaw, and have to accept their cat claws and all (or not have a cat). People in the UK aren't better and more caring than those in the US, and I'm sure there's many who would jump at the chance to declaw if they knew about it, and if it wasn't illegal. Thankfully, most don't know about such a procedure exists and it's illegal even if they did.