The Paw Project

103,644 supporters

    Started 7 petitions

    Petitioning Mark C. Montigny

    STOP DECLAWING IN MASSACHUSETTS

    Thank you, Senator Mark C. Montigny, for introducing SD2180, "An Act prohibiting inhumane feline declawing" that will add declawing, or onychectomy, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in Massachusetts. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD2180 Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions).  Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).   Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans. Veterinarians in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have rejected declawing as unethical and inhumane.  Statistics publicly available from the California cities having declaw bans indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the eight to 15 years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health.  The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV.  This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).   We hope such a bill would be successful and be a model for humane legislation in other states. 

    The Paw Project
    7,938 supporters
    Petitioning William O'Brien, Charlene M. Lima, Anastasia P. Williams, Patricia Serpa, Kenneth Marshall

    STOP DECLAWING IN RHODE ISLAND

    We request the Rhode Island legislature to pass HB 5073, which would add declawing, or onychectomy, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in Rhode Island.  Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions).  Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).   Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans. Statistics publicly available from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the eight to 14 years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health.  The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV.  This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).   We hope such a bill would be successful and be a model for humane legislation in other states. 

    The Paw Project
    4,876 supporters
    Petitioning Bill Quirk

    Stop Declawing in California

    Californians concerned about the welfare of animals thank California Assemblymember Bill Quirk, PhD for introducing legislation which would have prohibited the unnecessary and harmful practice of declawing in California. The Animal Protection Bill did not pass its committee hearing on April 23, and becomes a two-year bill.  The Paw Project continues to support anti-declaw legislation in California and in several other states and provinces. Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions).  Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).   Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans.  Statistics available from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health.  The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV.  This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the AAFP.  The Paw Project and the signatories of this petition hope a California bill will be a model for humane legislation in other states.

    The Paw Project
    40,824 supporters
    Petitioning Rodney Pyles

    Please End Declawing in West Virginia

    Thank you, West Virginia Delegate Rodney Pyles, for introducing Anti-Declaw Bill 2119 that would prohibit onychetomy (or declawing) and tendonectomy in West Virginia. Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions). Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).  Declawing is illegal or considered unethical by the veterinary profession in most of the world.  Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - have enacted declaw bans.  Statistics from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the many years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health. The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV. This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Declaw-type procedures to treat tumor, infection, disease, or injury would be allowed to benefit the health of the cat. Thank you, Delegate Pyles. We hope your bill will be successful and will be a model for humane legislation in other states.

    The Paw Project
    5,133 supporters
    Petitioning Linda Rosenthal, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Richard Gottfried, Walter Mosley, Sandy Galef, Vivian Cook, Deborah Glick, Michael Fitzpatrick, Steve Englebright, Andrew Garbarino

    We Support New York's Anti-Declaw Bill A1303 (Rosenthal)

    Thank you, New York Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, for introducing legislation that would prohibit nontherapeutic declawing and tendonectomy in New York state. We support your New York Anti-Declaw Bill A1303 which would forbid declawing in the state of New York. Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions). Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).  Declawing is illegal or considered unethical by the veterinary profession in most of the world.  Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado, have enacted declaw bans.  Statistics from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the many years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health. The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV. This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Declaw-type procedures to treat tumor, infection, disease, or injury would be allowed to benefit the health of the cat. Thank you, Assemblymember Rosenthal and your 32 compassionate colleagues who are co-sponsoring your bill. We hope your bill will be successful and will be a model for humane legislation in other states. This bill has been re-introduced by the author for the 2019-2020 session.

    The Paw Project
    10,631 supporters
    Petitioning Troy Singleton

    Support New Jersey's Anti-Declaw Bill S1209 (Singleton) - A347 (Murphy)

    Thank you, New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton and Assemblymember Carol Murphy, for introducing legislation that would add onychectomy, or declawing, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in New Jersey.  Those who perform declawing would face a stiff fine, according to the provisions of the New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill S1209 and Anti-Declaw Bill A347. Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions).  Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).   Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans. Statistics publicly available from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the eight to 14 years since the laws went into effect. There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health.  The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV.  This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).   Thank you, Assemblymember Murphy and Senator Singleton, we hope your bills will be successful and will be a model for humane legislation in other states. 

    The Paw Project
    32,701 supporters