Thursday, August 26, 2010

California passes law barring landlords from requiring declawing

Declaw and debark are supposedly "inhumane"? And yet many legislators and animal rights groups want to force our pets to undergo sterilization surgery? How hypocritical!

Bottom line, surgery on a pet should be the prerogative of the owner.

Calif. passes bill barring forced pet declawing

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
(08-25) 16:29 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) --

California lawmakers have approved a bill that would prohibit landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize their pets in order to move in.

The state Assembly on Thursday passed the bill by a 44-10 vote, sending it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava, says it is unconscionable for landlords to require pet owners to subject their animals to permanent surgeries as a condition of tenancy.

Under AB2743, landlords would be fined $1,000 for demanding those procedures in a lease agreement.

Eight local governments in California recently banned the practice of cat declawing, calling it inhumane.

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