PAW PROJECT PRESS ROOM — NEWSWORTHY
November 27, 2012. Culver City Councilmember Micheál O'Leary presented a special screening of The Paw Project documentary at Joxer Daly's Irish Pub. Filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Conrad was present for a post-screening Q&A session.
Are there dirty little veterinary secrets that animals can't tell us? Declawing is one of the most painful, routinely-performed surgeries in all of veterinary medicine, and yet it is so common that one-quarter or more of all cats in the US are declawed.
The one-hour documentary film The Paw Project is an uplifting David versus Goliath story that chronicles the 12-year battle of the tiny grassroots movement to rehabilitate felines that have been maimed by the mutilating amputation of their toes and its efforts to protect other animals from being subjected to this unnecessary, but lucrative procedure. Through the tireless efforts of animal welfare advocates and volunteers, millions of cats have had a cruel fate averted in many regions of California.
November 18, 2012 — The Paw Project documentary was screened at Portland, Oregon's Mission Theater. The screening was sponsored by WildCat Haven Sanctuary and filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Conrad attended in order to discuss the film with the audience in a post-screening Q&A session. Dr. Conrad and her film were welcomed with rousing expressions of support for her mission and her message—to educate people about the mutilating declawing (deknuckling) procedure, its crippling effects on big and small cats alike and humane alternatives to declawing surgery.
The big takeaway message of the film is that everyone can do something to make a positive difference for our feline friends: tell your vet that you don't approve of declawing and tell 5 other people – pass it on.
More on the Portland screening at:
The Paw Project movie website
October 24, 2012 — The Paw Project documentary debuted in a screening at the UCLA School of Law on October 24, 2012. The film chronicles the history of The Paw Project and the 12-year effort led by Dr. Jennifer Conrad to protect both big felines and domestic cats from the cruelty of declawing. The documentary traces her campaigns to ban declawing, which has pitted her against the well-funded professional veterinary associations that have consistently sought to defeat any legislation that would make illegal the inhumane practice of feline declawing.
The screening at UCLA was followed by a panel presentation and Q&A session featuring filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Conrad, the film's editor Allan Holzman, and David R. Ginsburg, Executive Director of the UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program.
The documentary has been submitted to
the Sundance Film Festival
See the trailer at: www.pawprojectmovie.com
September 26, 2012 — Sacramento, CA. Governor Signs Bill Banning Forced Declawing and Devocalization of Pets. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize (debark) their animals as a condition of occupancy. California is the first state in the nation to enact such important humane legislation. The bill, SB 1229, was introduced by California State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and was co-sponsored by The Paw Project and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). Read the Press Release »
May 17, 2012 — California Senate Bill 1229 passes unanimously in the Senate 37-0 vote. The bill now goes the the California Assembly
May 1, 2012 — California Senate Bill 1229 passes Senate Judiciary Committee with a 5-0 vote.
Paw Project – winner of 2012 Readers' Choice Award
from About.Com for Best Pro-Claw Website
March 29, 2012 — In recognition of the Paw Project's dedication to enhancing public awareness about the harmful effects of declawing through its web site and its efforts to enact legislation prohibiting declawing, About.com awarded its 2012 RCA Award (in the Cats Categories) to the organization. Now in its fifth year, 2012 is the first year for the RCA Awards Cats Categories. Read more »
February 24, 2012 — California State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) introduced California Senate Bill 1229, a bill to help protect the pets of people who are potential renters. This bill would prohibit landlords from advertising or establishing rental policies requiring tenants' animals to be declawed or devocalized (de‑barked). Some California landlords require the declawing of cats and the devocalizing of dogs as a condition for renting. The Paw Project is proud to have the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association as its co-sponsor for SB 1229.
November 28, 2011 — The Knesset (Israel's parliament) banned declawing performed to protect possessions and furnishing. Penalties are stiff: jail time of up to a year or a fine of 75,000 shekels (about $20,000). This humane action will spare cats untold suffering, including lifelong, chronic pain. The legislation was backed by a wide coalition of political parties and was sponsored by Knesset members Eitan Cabel, Yoel Hasson, Dov Khenin and Nitzan Horowitz.
July 10, 2011 — Ovation Network, the arts, music and culture cable channel, airs a Paw Project Public Service Announcement (PSA) through the end of September. The PSA, which was produced by the prestigious internationational ad agency, McCann Erickson, can be viewed by clicking here or going to the YouTube Paw Project channel. Read the press release »
Eight California cities have passed bans on declawing
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Culver City, and Burbank enacted declaw bans in 2009. West Hollywood passed the nation's first declaw ban in 2003.
November 17, 2010— Dr. Jennifer Conrad, Paw Project Director, speaks on animal-friendly legislation in Seattle at a conference sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association.
October 13, 2010— New York Member of the Assembly Deborah Glick introduces, A11709, a bill nearly identical to the Paw Project-sponsored bill, AB 2743. The New York bill also prohibits clauses in residential leases requiring the declawing of animals. It does not address devocalization.
September 30, 2010— Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes Paw Project-sponsored bill, AB 2743. His veto message contained mischaracterizations and inaccuracies lifted directly from the opposition letter from the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the trade organization that promotes the business interests of veterinarians. Although AB 2743 applied only to landlords, CVMA feared that this bill could be used as a "stepping stone" to a statewide declaw ban. The bill contained no provisions which would have restricted or prohibited veterinarians from performing devocalization or declawing procedures.
August 24, 2010— AB 2743 passes CA Senate Floor with 22-12 vote.
June 15, 2010— AB 2743 passes CA Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote.
May 13, 2010—AB 2743 passes CA Assembly Floor with 63-7 vote.
May 4, 2010— AB 2743 passes CA Assembly Judiciary Committee with 9-0 vote.
February 19, 2010— Paw Project-sponsored bill, AB 2743, is introduced by California Assemblymember Pedro Nava. The bill would make it illegal for California's landlords to require renters to declaw or devocalize their animals as a condition of tenancy.
December 8, 2009— Burbank – Anti-declaw ordinance passed with a 4–1 vote.
November 30, 2009— Culver City – Anti-declaw ordinance passed second reading (5-0) at City Council Meeting.
November 23, 2009— Culver City – Anti-declaw ordinance passed first reading (5-0) at City Council Meeting.
November 18, 2009— Anti-declaw ordinance is signed by Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa.
November 17, 2009— Los Angeles – Anti-declaw ordinance passes second reading unanimously 14‑0.
November 17, 2009— Berkeley – Anti-declaw ordinance passes second reading unanimously 9-0.
November 9, 2009— Malibu – A resolution to condemn declawing cats was approved 5-0, but no ordinance was passed.
November 10, 2009— San Francisco voted on declawing ban (second reading). It passed 8-2.
November 10, 2009— Berkeley voted on declawing ban. It passed first reading 9-0.
November 10, 2009— Santa Monica City Council voted to pass the ban on declawing. It passed 5–1.
November 5, 2009— Beverly Hills unanimously approved a declaw ban. It passed 5–0.
October 27, 2009— Santa Monica City Council voted to pass the ban on declawing 6–1. All seven Councilmembers spoke out against declawing for owner convenience and against "packaging" declaw surgery with spaying and neutering. Three non-local CVMA vets and two other persons testified against the ban. About 40 people showed up to support the ban, including six local, CVMA-member vets and a representative of HSVMA. Over 20 people testified in favor of a ban.
April 8, 2009—Dr. Jennifer Conrad appears on "Talking Animals" radio show on WMNF 88.5 FM.
March 29, 2009—Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode airs. Drs. Jennifer Conrad and Kirk Wendelburg repair the feet of Diablo.
February 3, 2009—Diablo, a six-year-old male tiger from Forever Wild gets paw repair surgery while his sanctuary, Forever Wild gets a facelift from ABC's hit television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show will air Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 7 PM on ABC.
January 15, 2009—Bobby, the bobcat from Nature Of Wildworks in Topanga, California, gets his paw repaired. His feet were causing him pain and the reason was obvious. He had hammer toes and his pads were cracked and bloody.