UPDATE: November 10, 2009 – we did it! The Board of Supervisors VOTED TO BAN DECLAWING IN SF!
Here’s our first blog post:
The citizens of the city named after St Francis are trying to convince the Board of Supervisors to ban the de-clawing of cats. Can we do it? Cat Faeries certainly hopes so!
At present only one city in the US has successfully banned the procedure which declaws cats. Several years ago West Hollywood banned the cruel, painful, and unncessary amputation of a cat’s joints.
Santa Monica is “considering” a ban. What’s up with the good people of this country? Nearly every European nation has banned this horrible operation! Why are we lagging behind?
Tragically, the San Francisco SPCA is no longer the cutting edge shelter it once was when it lead the way for the No Kill movement under the guidance of Richard Avanzino. Under the direction of controversial Jan McHugh Smith they are refusing to support the ban! Heck, with her at the helm, they are not even a No Kill shelter any longer!
People just do not realize that de-clawing a cat can cause the cat to be in life long pain. De-clawed cats can be more prone to biting. A cat without claws is defenseless. De-clawed cats are often more inclined to not use their litter boxes.
Martha Stewart once had an episode of her TV show inside one of her homes. The camera went to one of her sofas to reveal that the arms of the sofa had been shredded by her cats. Martha chuckled and said something like “when you live with cats, you live with this.” Now really folks, if Martha Stewart can live with a few shreds so can we mere mortals!
But what if you can’t live with a shredded sofa arm? Trim the cat’s nails! It’s beyond easy once you get the hang of it. Your veterinarian or a vet tech can show you how. In a matter of minutes you’ll be as good at it as they are.
You can purchase professional cat nail clippers or use the straight edge toe clippers you probably already own! Trim your cat’s nails every 10-14 days and everyone is happy!
San Francisco is where Cat Faeries lives and works. We are actively getting petitions signed, and we will make a formal statement before the Board of Supervisors. And we will keep you posted about the ban. Please see if you can be a pioneer and get de-clawing banned in your community!
Are you a San Francisco resident who wants a petition? Email us and we’ll send you one as an attachment. We need it mailed back to our PO Box by October 15, 2009. Not a resident? Send us a letter and we’ll include it with the petitions? Cat Faeries, PO Box 31885, San Francisco, CA 94131.