By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation that would ban declawing cats on Tuesday.READ MORE: Vigil Held For Jim Rogers, Pittsburgh Man Who Died After Being Tased By Police During Arrest
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.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating After Body Found In Monongahela River
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.”MORE NEWS: Michigan Man Arrested In Connection To 2 Deadly Shootings In West Virginia
Wilson says that if enacted, the legislation would make Pittsburgh the first government in the state to ban declawing.