At the Nov. 17 council meeting, a number of people, including a veterinarian and an oral surgeon, spoke on the need to prohibit cat declawing in Burbank. An emergency ordinance was requested due to a new state law taking effect Jan. 1 preventing cities from passing laws prohibiting declawing.
The law is sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Assn., a private veterinarians’ business, advocacy and lobbying organization. Burbank is being asked to join Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, San Francisco and other cities in banning declawing before Jan. 1.
A number of veterinarians and members of the California Veterinary Medical Assn. have tried to convince us it’s all right to declaw cats. They’ve failed.