City Councilman Bobby Wilson, who introduced the legislation, says Pittsburgh would be the first government in the state to ban declawing if enacted.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation that would ban declawing cats on Tuesday.

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The legislation passed unanimously without discussion. Mayor Bill Peduto’s office hasn’t said if he intends on signing the law.

Veterinarians who perform the surgery used to declaw cats would face a $500 fine.

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The legislation was introduced by City Councilman Bobby Wilson, who called the procedure “cruel and inhumane.”

“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.”

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Wilson says that if enacted, the legislation would make Pittsburgh the first government in the state to ban declawing.