At least two California cities—more are rumored to be joining them—have proposed laws that would ban veterinarians from declawing
cats. Legislators in San Francisco and Santa Monica are trying to pass the ordinances before Jan. 1, when a new state rule
goes into effect preventing local governments from limiting the practice of a licensed profession. West Hollywood already
Although the battle currently is being fought in California, it likely will spread to other parts of the country. The American
Veterinary Medical Association does not oppose declawing, but recommends it be done only after the client is fully educated
on the topic. The California Veterinary Medical Association has expressed concern about municipalities passing laws that are
allowed under the scope of practice for a state-licensed health profession.
Regardless of which side of the issue you fall on, if you're concerned, contact your elected officials at both the state and
local level. You're also encouraged to voice your opinion on the topic on our message boards.