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The grassroots movement's first successful campaign to ban declawing started in 2003
with the city council's vote in West Hollywood, California.

 

Passage of the declawing ban in West Hollywood made news, because it was a legislative milestone in the US.

 

The precedence-setting legislation in the US was such big story, it made news throughout the world.

 

The fight continued in cities all over California and eventually went to the State capitol.

 

The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) waged a well-funded battle,
sponsoring a PAC intent on preventing passage of the anti-declawing Senate Bill.

 

Armed with the strength of their convictions, animal advocates rallied
to protest CVMA's and other veterinary organizations' campaigns to subvert passage of the bill.

 

The anti-declawing bill gets a boost from one of the sponsors at a press conference.

 

Dr. Jennifer Conrad testifies about the harmful effects of declawing.

 

Additional testimony with a graphic of the anti-clawing billboard designed by McCann-Erickson
helps to make a clear point:  declawing is amputation.

 

Dr. Conrad waits for word about the outcome of the vote.

 

 

At least one constituent is very happy.