California Residents: Protect Cats from Cruel Declawing!

California Residents: Protect Cats from Cruel Declawing!

A landmark piece of legislation is working its way through the California State Legislature which could spare countless cats from undergoing agonizing and unnecessary surgical procedures. If passed, AB 1230 would make California the first state to ban the cruel and painful declawing of cats. We need your help to ensure this bill becomes law. 

The unimaginably painful procedure of declawing cats involves the surgical removal of each of the cat's toes back to the first knuckle. Tragically, this surgery is one of the most excruciating and routinely performed surgeries in all of veterinary medicine. It's also one of the most unnecessary.

The procedure is often used in an attempt to stop a cat's natural behavior, such as scratching of furniture, but almost always leads to more behavioral problems, like litter box avoidance and biting. These behaviors often lead “guardians” to dump declawed cats at shelters where they are often considered unadoptable and thus killed.

Declawed cats also face a host of health issues after declawing, including chronic pain in the paws, joint stiffness, and arthritis. This pain can also manifest itself in behavioral problems as well.

What YOU Can Do:

Please protect cats from this unnecessary and painful cruelty by calling and emailing your California assemblymember to urge support of AB 1230.

1) Join IDA representatives and concerned Californians at a committee hearing for the declaw bill next week in Sacramento.

What: Assembly Business and Professions Committee Hearing on AB-1230, Declawing Bill
When: Tuesday, April 23, 9:30am
Where: Assembly Business and Professions Committee
State Capitol, Room 4202
Sacramento, California 95814

2) Make a call to your one assemblymember. To find your representative’s contact information, enter your zip code at the link below and click on the California tab.

When you call, you can simply say, "Declawing is a horrendously torturous and barbaric procedure for cats to endure and suffer the lasting negative consequences and the practice should be abolished immediately! Please support AB 1230."

3) Personalize and submit our letter to your one California assemblymember by filling out the form on this page. This alert is for California residents only - thank you.

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