Make Cat Declawing Illegal in California
  • Petitioning Jerry Brown

This petition will be delivered to:

Jerry Brown
California Governor
California State Senate
California State House

Make Cat Declawing Illegal in California

    1. Amanda Drummond
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Drummond

      Sacramento, CA

The process of declawing a cat is inhumane. It is not a "simple fix" that most people think it is. It is the equivelant to removing a human's finger past their last knuckle. It is the process of removing bone, nerve and joint from a cat's paw and it causes excruciating pain and can lead to further problems down the line. This is an unncessary procedure and should be classified as animal cruelty.

I started this petition because as a cat owner and animal lover, it is heart-wrenching to see these animals suffer. I volunteer at a vet clinic after work and I see far too many of these procedures being done. The cats always have lingering pain, take a long time to recoup and many times have no idea how to function anymore. Taking a cat's claws away not only takes away their defense, but can also lead to more agressive cats who want to bite to protect themselves. Some times, it can lead to cat's not using the litter boxes. The fact of the matter is that declawing is not a solution to problems, but it creates more problems than it solves. It causes pain and suffering in animals, including nerve damage, and it should be classified as animal cruelty. Cat declawing is already illegal in Los Angeles County and it should be illegal state-wide.

If you are reading this, please consider signing this petition to outlaw cat declawing in the State of California and to stop the end of unnecessary procedures.

Jerry Brown, please make declawing cats illegal in the state of California, except in medically necessary situations.

The human society has further information here:

I have also included a video from Jackson Galaxy, the host of Animal Planet's "my cat from hell", who has over 15 years of experience as a cat behaviorist.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Darrell Steinberg responds:

      Darrell Steinberg

      Thank you for contacting my office regarding your proposal to outlaw cat declawing. I appreciate legislative suggestions – some of the best bills come from engaged citizens who see a problem, and think of a good solution. As I understand...

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Darrell Steinberg responds:

      Darrell Steinberg

      Dear Constituent:

      Thank you for communicating your opposition to the process of cat declawing. I understand this practice is already illegal in Los Angeles County, and you would rather have a statewide ban. I have taken note of your co...

    5. Keep it going!

      Amanda Drummond
      Petition Organizer

      Lets get to 7,500!!

    6. 5000!

      Amanda Drummond
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you thank you thank you! I am going to leave this open as long as I can, to get as many signatures as possible so it will have the biggest impact with I present it to Jerry Brown.

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. Blessed

      Amanda Drummond
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for your support. I am glad to know that there are so many others out there who want to end this cruelty to animals. Please share this with your friends and family so we can get as much support as possible to have this made illegal in California!

    9. Reached 4,000 signatures
    10. WOW!

      Amanda Drummond
      Petition Organizer

      I logged in this morning, not having checked the status of the petition for the last few days, and I was FLOORED that we are almost at 500 supporters. I am in tears! Your support means the world to me! Thank you so much!

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. 118 Signatures!

      Amanda Drummond
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for your continued support! Please help me get the word out to everyone by sharing this with all your loved ones. Thank you!

    13. Reached 50 signatures
    14. 23 Supporters!

      Amanda Drummond
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! I can't believe this happened overnight. I was overjoyed when I logged in this morning and saw that I have 23 signatures. Your love and support to end this cruelty to animals means the world to not only me, but thousands of cats exposed to this procedure every day. Thank you!

    15. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • RA Stuehler SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 3 days ago

      too cruel

    • Jacqueline Canas LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 4 days ago

      This is completely wrong!

    • Laurie Benson ESCONDIDO, CA
      • 5 days ago

      I am signing because I have seen first hand the pain and disfigurement caused by the practice of declawing.

    • Virginia Guibert FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • 7 days ago

      I'm signing because no cat needs to be declawed. If you have a need to alter a cat before you adopt one, maybe it isn't for you.

    • Kira Vlietstra PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      declawing is inhumane and cause many problems in cats. can you imagine having your fingers cut off? then why would you do it to your cat that you are suppose to love and protect.


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