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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Is Santa Barbara interested in promoting animal welfare? Currently, Santa Barbara allows the inhumane declawing of cats. Declawing cats is not a “nail trim.”

Declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal’s toes are amputated at the last joint. Cities in California which have passed legislation abolishing declawing are: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Culver City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Burbank and Berkeley.

Doesn’t Santa Barbara need to pass a resolution against this practice? If this is an issue that concerns you, contact members of the City Council to end these inhumane amputations.


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All veterinarians who will declaw cats for ignorant owners must have their licenses revoked permanently. This is a vile practice that is equivalent to cutting off a human finger at the first knuckle and calling it a manicure. That Santa Barbara still permits this cruel procedure is not surprising considering that they like to call themselves enlightened but prove over and over again how backward they are.

straw48sell (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2013 at 12:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The issue addressed in my letter is declawing...not tail docking or ear cropping ... or circumcision.

I certainly don't approve of ear cropping and tail docking, and neither does the AVMA.

The risk of microchips is negligible according to the best science available:

Whether to microchip your animal should be based on a "risk versus benefit" basis.

My letter was not about debating microchips. It was about whether people have a right to mutilate their animals by amputating their toes to protect their furniture. And NO, I don't think that animals are chattel.

elsalambert (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 6:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Should this new law include circumcision?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 7:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I do think it's weird to insert an artificial device that serves no medical purpose into a living thing.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 7, 2013 at 7:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For those ten percent of cats who do get cancer, it's a serious problem.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Its a really weird thing to do to a pet imho.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What a dumb waste of Lompoc's limited resources.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 3:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I would just like to see complete streets with bike lanes and sidewalks first.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd include human circumcision in that.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do you support the movement to begin breeding genetically modified cats without claws?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 16, 2013 at 7:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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