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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM
Subject: Act/ Pass Calif Declaw Bans, So Other Cities Follow
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10/8/09: Pass California Declaw Bans, So Other Cities Follow
**SEND COMMENTS BEFORE 10/27/09, WHEN SANTA MONICA MAY VOTE ON A BAN**
EVERYONE SHOULD SEND COMMENTS to Santa Monica and Malibu city officials.
Opposing lobbies such as the CVMA and SCVMA certainly will. Let’s be louder. Declawing hurts. It’s a “surgery of convenience” for people with no benefit for cats. Every city that bans it sets an example for the next city…
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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS:
richard.bloom [at] smgov.net, gleam.davis [at] smgov.net, robert.holbrook [at] smgov.net, kevin [at] mckeown.net, bobby.shriver [at] smgov.net, city [at] genser.org, pam.oconnor [at] smgov.net, manager [at] smgov.net, manager [at] smgov.net
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS:
astern [at] ci.malibu.ca.us, sbarovsky [at] ci.malibu.ca.us, jwagner [at] ci.malibu.ca.us, jsibert [at] ci.malibu.ca.us, pcu [at] ci.malibu.ca.us, jthorsen [at] ci.malibu.ca.us, mlinden [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
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Dear City Officials of Santa Monica and Malibu, California:
I thank both Santa Monica and Malibu City Council Members for their support of a ban on the declawing of cats. Your informed position on this inhumane practice is highly commendable. I urge officials in both cities to enact the proposed bans and thereby establish a precedent for communities worldwide.
Declawing is already illegal or restricted in over 20 countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada. The Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA oppose declawing. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons also rejects the operation, describing it as “mutilation.”
Overwhelming evidence shows declawing causes severe behavioral problems that often lead guardians to abandon their animals in overcrowded shelters. Undesirable behavior in 33% of declawed cats begins post-procedure, according to a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (JAVMA). National shelter surveys reveal that 70-80% of cats surrendered for offensive behavior are declawed.
San Francisco Care and Control, East Bay SPCA, Palo Alto Humane Society, and other shelters oppose declawing. Los Angeles SPCA portrays the act of declawing cats as “cruel, unnecessary, and inhumane.”
Cats with intact claws are relinquished for human-related reasons such as “moving” or “new baby,” whereas declawed felines enter shelters with behavioral issues, claims shelter director William Lombardi of Gloucester County, New Jersey. “When a cat is brought into the shelter because it is biting or (not using the litter box),” Lombardi says, “the first thing we ask is, ‘Is it declawed?'” For the estimated 70% of surrendered, declawed cats who are euthanized, the surgery is a literal death sentence.
Moreover, declawing generates suffering and permanent disability. The invasive procedure amputates not only the claw, but also the entire last “knuckle” of a cat’s toes. Veterinary experts recognize laser or scalpel declawing as among the most painful surgeries routinely performed.
When declaw bans reach the floor for a vote in Santa Monica and Malibu, I encourage both cities to endorse this model legislation.
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS
CITY OF SANTA MONICA
1685 Main Street, Room 209 / Santa Monica, CA 90401
ph: 310-458-8201; fax: 310-458-1621
Mayor Ken Genser: city [at] genser.org
Mayor Pro Tempore Pam O’Connor: pam.oconnor [at] smgov.net
Councilmember Richard Bloom: richard.bloom [at] smgov.net
Councilmember Gleam Davis: gleam.davis [at] smgov.net
Councilmember Bobby Shriver: bobby.shriver [at] smgov.net
Councilmember Robert Holbrook
760 Ermont Place / Santa Monica, CA 90402
ph: 310-394-1094; fax: 310-393-7948, 310-393-7948
email: robert.holbrook [at] smgov.net
Councilmember Kevin McKeown
848-E 16th Street / Santa Monica, 90403
hm: 310-393-3639, wk: 310-458-1621; fax 310-393-3609
email: kevin [at] mckeown.net
City Manager P. Lamont Ewell: 310-458-8301; manager [at] smgov.net
Assistant City Manager Jennifer Phillips: manager [at] smgov.net
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS
CITY OF MALIBU
23815 Stuart Ranch Road / Malibu, CA 90265
ph: 310-456-2489; fax: 310-456-3356
Mayor Andy Stern: astern [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Barovsky: sbarovsky [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
Councilmember Jefferson Wagner: jwagner [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
Councilmember John Sibert: jsibert [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
Councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich: pcu [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
City Manager Jim Thorsen: 310-456-2489 x226; jthorsen [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
Executive Assistant Mary Linden: 310-456-2489 x226; mlinden [at] ci.malibu.ca.us
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