By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Declawing cats would be banned in Pittsburgh under legislation advanced by City Council on Wednesday.READ MORE: Butler VA To Hold Walk-In Clinic For Veterans And Employees To Get Vaccine Booster Shots
The Trib reports a California veterinarian who runs The Paw Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending declawing, spoke in support of the legislation. Cat behaviorist and “My Cat From Hell” host Jackson Galaxy urged the council to ban the procedure, according to the Trib.
The legislation was introduced by City Councilman Bobby Wilson, who called the procedure “cruel and inhumane.”READ MORE: Pittsburgh Native Michael Keaton To Talk Climate Change Tonight On '60 Minutes'
“The City of Pittsburgh should set an example as a humane city, both in southwest Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Wilson in a news release. “How we treat animals speaks to our deepest values. Declawing a cat does not just mean removing its nails. If this happened to a human, it would be like cutting off each finger and toe at the last knuckle.”
Wilson says that if enacted, the legislation would make Pittsburgh the first government in the state to ban declawing.MORE NEWS: Shaler Township Police Collect 483 Pounds Worth Of Medications During National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
A final vote is next Tuesday.