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I Can Has Claws! Santa Monica Bans Cat Declawing

Cat fights, now bloodier | Photo: Malingering
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Hello, People's Republic! Santa Monica this week passed a new law banning cat declawing within city limits, reports the Santa Monica Daily Press. When it goes into effect in December, the city will be the second in California with such a ban. West Hollywood already has the law on the books and as of January 1st, 2010, a state law will go into effect restricting cities from making such a ban. Those behind the law say declawing is painful and can change a cat's behavior--peeing, pooping, biting--leading to abandonment and relinquishment.

Opponents of the law also believe abandonment and relinquishment (and even euthanization) will happen if owners can't clip Mr. Aggressive Meow's nails.

Still, for those wanting to declaw, Los Angeles has no such law on the books (yet) so a solution is only a few minutes away.