Friday, November 20, 2009

UPDATE: CA Declaw Bans

As mentioned previously, the California Veterinary Medical Association successfully passed a bill, SB762, which will make it impossible to pass local declaw bans after 12/31/2009. So now, several CA cities have been rushing to pass their own ordinances—to BAN the declawing of cats.

According to The Paw Project, a nonprofit group in CA that educates the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, promotes animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and rehabilitates big cats that have been declawed, six CA cities have now passed declaw bans. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Berkeley have approved declaw bans. West Hollywood passed the nation's first declaw ban back in 2003.

The Paw Project’s website answers the question: Why does the CVMA want to protect a procedure that is widely considered to be inhumane?

“Veterinarians want to protect their ability to declaw cats despite the fact that their colleagues in most other nations consider declawing a violation of professional ethics. California vets' British brethren officially list declawing as "mutilation" and as an "unacceptable practice." The AVMA admonishes veterinarians to treat the behavioral causes of unwanted scratching before resorting to surgery, but one need only perform a quick internet search to see that declawing is actively marketed to veterinary clients. It is even offered in discounted package deals with routine spaying and neutering. This practice is known in the veterinary world as "supersizing" a spay (or neuter).” In simple terms, the CVMA wants to protect their right to profit, despite the terrible implications that such a procedure may cause.

Culver City and Burbank City are still considering the banning of feline declawing, but your continued support is needed to make sure they follow through and end this inhumane practice. Please write to city representatives supporting a ban on declawing. PLEASE e-mail the lawmakers and tell them in a short and polite message that you support a ban on declawing. If you are a city resident, please note that fact.

Contact Information:

Culver City Council e-mail addresses:
andrew.weissman@culvercity.org, christopher.armenta@culvercity.org, gary.silbiger@culvercity.org, micheal.oleary@culvercity.org, scott.malsin@culvercity.org, mark.scott@culvercity.org

Burbank City Council e-mail addresses:
gbric@ci.burbank.ca.us, areinke@ci.burbank.ca.us, dgolonski@ci.burbank.ca.us, dgordon@ci.burbank.ca.us, jtalamantes@ci.burbank.ca.us


CULVER CITY & BURBANK CITY HEARING DATES

Tuesday, 11/24 - Burbank -- Anti-declaw ordinances will be considered
CITY COUNCIL MEETING - 6:00 PM
CITY HALL
275 E. OLIVE AVENUE
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA

Monday, 11/23 - Culver City -- Anti-declaw ordinance will be considered at City Council Meeting
MIKE BALKMAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS - 7:00 PM
9770 CULVER BOULEVARD
CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA

ACR urges its supporters to write a letter to the CVMA explaining to them your opposition to declawing and ask them to use more of their time and resources for helping animals.

CVMA Officers:
Mark Nunez, DVM, CVMA President
14931 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Business: (818) 786-1651
Fax: (818) 786-0121
E-mail: drmarknunez@msn.com

Dean Henricks, DVM, CVMA President-Elect
7404 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Business: (916) 725-2700

William Grant II, DVM, CVMA Past-President
13200 Euclid Street
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Business: (714) 537-5390
Fax: (714) 537-1971
E-mail: Vets4Pets@aol.com

CVMA Staff:

Executive Director, Valerie Fenstermaker
1400 River Park Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-649-0599 - Voice Mail #32
Fax: 916-646-9156
E-mail address: vfenstermaker@cvma.net

Assistant Executive Director, Dan Segna, DVM
1400 River Park Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-649-0599 - Voice Mail #36
Fax: 916-646-9156
E-mail address: dsegna@cvma.net

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