California -- In an attempt to get their ordinances approved before a new state law takes effect that will prevent cities from passing legislation interfering with state-regulated professions like veterinary medicine, at least five cities have passed or are about to pass laws banning cat declawing.
Santa Monica City Council passed a ban on declawing Oct. 27, followed by Berkeley City Council Nov. 10. Berkeley City Council must cast a second vote in favor of the ban Nov. 17 for it to go into effect by mid-December. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors already approved its declawing ban on first and second readings, and the mayor must take action on the ordinance by Nov. 20.
Beverly Hills and Los Angeles city councils are expected to vote on similar bans Nov. 17.
Read the full story in the December issue of DVM Newsmagazine.