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THE PAW PROJECT’S ROLE ADVOCATING
2014 – Rhode Island enacted a new law, similar to the 2012 California law, that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize their animals.
2012 – California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1229 into law, the first ever state law in the US prohibiting landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize their animals. Senator Fran Pavley authored the bill, which The Paw Project co-sponsored with HSVMA.
In 2009, The Paw Project led the successful campaigns to legally ban declawing of domestic cats in 7 more California cities. Declawing is now prohibited in eight California cities: West Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills and Culver City.
In 2006, The Paw Project was able to convince the USDA, the governing body over animals that are exhibited, bred or sold, to stipulate a regulation in the Federal Animal Welfare Act, prohibiting licensees from declawing or defanging their animals. [USDA Position Paper on Declawing and Defanging]
In 2005, The Paw Project led the campaign to legally ban declawing of wild or exotic cats throughout the entire state of California.
In 2003, Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project team provided data about the debilitating effects of declawing to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which then changed its position on declawing of wild and exotic cats to no longer condone it. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association quickly followed suit.
In 2002, Dr. Conrad approached West Hollywood (California) City Council members and convinced them that declawing of all animals should be banned. The council adopted an anti-declawing ordinance in April 2003 and became the first city in all of North America to ban declawing.
CITY ANTI-DECLAWING ORDINANCES
The California Veterinary Medical Association sued the city of West Hollywood to overturn the city’s anti-declaw ordinance. West Hollywood’s right to ban declawing was upheld in this 2007 California Appellate Court decision [PDF]. Amici curiae briefs were filed by Animal Legal Defense Fund and the City of San Francisco in support of the declaw ban.
STATE AND PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION
LAWS PROHIBITING LANDLORD-MANDATED DECLAWING