Denver passes bill banning cat declawing


A proposed bill that would ban declawing cats was unanimously passed at a Denver City Council meeting in Colorado on Monday.

WUSA reported that the ordinance is effective immediately.

>> Read more trending news

Declawing occurs in a procedure known as onychectomy. In the operation, an animal’s claws are removed and most or all of the last bone of each of the front toes of an animal is removed. Nerves, tendons and ligaments are severed. 

“Onychectomy is an amputation and should be regarded as a major surgery,” according to the American Veterinary Medical AssociationThe Humane Society of the United States says the effects of the surgery can include death of tissue, paw pain, infection, back pain, lameness and death. 

According to The Denver Post, practicing veterinarian Casara Andre said declawing can be performed in a way that prevents pain for the pet, although she opposes the surgery as a routine operation.

“A decision to declaw a cat is affected by many human and animal factors,” Andre said at a public hearing Nov. 6. “The well-being of the animal and their human family is best defended by providing owners with education about alternatives to declawing, appropriate training for family cats, and well-informed discussions between that pet owner and their veterinary medicine provider.”

Kirsten Butler, a veterinary technician, said she no longer participates in the procedures.

“Having run anesthesia on declaw procedures, I can tell you it is an awkward and disheartening feeling to keep something alive while it is mutilated in front of you,” she said at the hour-long hearing.

Eight cities in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have passed bans on declawing. Australia, Japan, Brazil, Israel and multiple countries in Europe also have similar bans.

Alternatives to declawing include regular trimming of cat’s claws, stable scratching posts around the home, soft plastic caps for the cat’s nails and a special tape that can deter cats from scratching furniture.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

12 camels booted from beauty contest at Middle East festival over Botox use
12 camels booted from beauty contest at Middle East festival over Botox use

Camels were once prized across the Middle East for transportation, for use in war, for food and even as companions, as guides and partners. Now they’re prized for a whole different set of reasons, including their beauty and racing abilities, and are celebrated at annual camel festivals across the region. >> Read more trending news ...
Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations
Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations

Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis were at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles Tuesday to announce the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the films receiving multiple nominations...
Portman warns Trump: killing NAFTA will kill jobs in Ohio
Portman warns Trump: killing NAFTA will kill jobs in Ohio

With President Donald Trump threatening to scrap a trade deal with Canada and Mexico, Sen. Rob Portman Tuesday said it would be “a mistake” to terminate a pact that allows manufactured goods and agriculture products to cross the borders of those countries largely free of tariffs. In a conference call with Ohio reporters Tuesday, Portman...
Should adolescence last until age 24? A group of scientists think so
Should adolescence last until age 24? A group of scientists think so

Adolescence is thought to end at about age 18, but a group of scientists wants to extend it to 24, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from hospitals and research institutions in Australia recently conducted an experiment, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, to determine the span of...
The king of Valentine’s candy in Ohio? Heart boxed chocolates
The king of Valentine’s candy in Ohio? Heart boxed chocolates

It’s official: Ohioans still love the classic heart-shaped boxes of candy which have been the cream of the Valentine’s crop for decades. According to statistics released by CandyShop.com, 53,000 of the familiar red classic are expected to be purchased and given out this year on Valentine’s Day to romantics throughout the state. Out...
More Stories