Denver Council Unanimously Votes To Ban Cat Declawing

Well, it’s about time! The Denver City Council just the other night moved to make Denver the first U.S. city outside of California to ban the practice of declawing cats. Council members actually voted unanimously in favor of the proposal at its first reading, all but guaranteeing its passage.

This new ban would make it illegal to declaw cats if there isn’t a specific medical reason, such as a tumor or a malformed paw.

Declawing involves the removal not just of the claw but also of the outermost phalanx of the paw from which it grows.

Supporters of the ban have claimed that declawing makes cats more likely to bite, since they can’t use their paws for defense.

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