Posted: September 28, 2021 – Pittsburgh is the 13th local government to ban declawing. The ordinance passed the City Council unanimously without discussion. Paw Project Director and Founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad provided testimony at the Council meeting.
The legislation was introduced by City Councilman Bobby Wilson, who called the procedure “cruel and inhumane.” “The City of Pittsburgh should set an example as a humane city, both in southwest Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Wilson. “How we treat animals speaks to our deepest values. Declawing a cat does not just mean removing its nails. If this happened to a human, it would be like cutting off each finger and toe at the last knuckle.”
UPDATE: Mayor Bill Peduto signed the ordinance into law.