Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Denver passes bill banning cat declawing

Denver City Council has passed a bill that bans surgery that declaws cats.
Putu Sayoga  Getty Images  Getty Images Denver City Council has passed a bill that bans surgery that declaws cats. Putu Sayoga Getty Images Getty Images
Bennie Garza | 15 November, 2017, 04:09

A Denver City Council proposal that would ban elective cat declawing has ignited passions - including among cat owners and veterinarians.

Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black was behind the push to ban the procedure. In the operation, an animal's claws are removed and most or all of the last bone of each of the front toes of an animal is removed. Some cat experts call the procedure, known medically as an onychectomy, cruel and unnecessary and liken it to removing portions of a human's fingers.

Kirsten Butler, a veterinary technician, said she no longer participates in the procedures. The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association opposed the bill, somewhat surprisingly, saying it was an issue that should be left up to cat owners and their pets' doctors. In those special cases, Denver will allow the procedure. Bans also are common in other countries, including Australia, Israel, Brazil, Japan and across much of Europe.

"A decision to declaw a cat is affected by many human and animal factors", said Andre, a practicing veterinarian.

9 News reports that in the USA, declawing is prohibited in the following California cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood, and Burbank.

A ban could potentially lower the number of cats in rescue shelters.

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