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