Stopping the de-clawing of cats has become a hot topic among animal rights advocates in the Brighton/Denver area. Local vegan social groups and animal rights groups are heralding the upcoming showing of the Paw Project movie, which was produced by the feline advocacy organization of the same name. The group’s founder, famous veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, will be present at a reception that follows the movie. The movie is being hosted by the Denver Film Society and is showing on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the SEI Film Center on East Colfax Ave in Denver.
“I’m so excited to have this happen here,” says Diane Balkin, Contract Attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and former District Attorney for Denver, CO.
The movie is being promoted by Animal ACTion Network Colorado, A Vegan Life and the Boulder (CO) and Beyond Vegan group.
The Paw Project movie was produced in part by veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, who founded the charitable foundation by the same name. Conrad’s work as a veterinary scientist got her involved with performing surgeries for injured lions and tigers and other exotic cats, and she soon began performing surgeries for all types of cats who experienced injuries and pains from declawing operations. Exotic cats have long been declawed for ease of handling them on stage and in circuses.
Approximately one fourth of US house cats are declawed, and the practice is lucrative for veterinarians who are willing to perform the surgery, which essentially involves amputating the last joint on a cat’s paw in its entirety in order to remove the claw and prevent it from re-growing. The human equivalent would be to amputate a person’s fingers and toes. Declawing is illegal in many European nations, as well as in Israel and Australia. It faces growing opposition in Canada, where it remains legal. Opponents of de-clawing cite that the animals endure painful after effects including swelling, bleeding and general pain that results from walking off balance once their joints are amputated.
The Paw Project Movie will premier next month in NY, NY, Seattle, WA, Tampa Bay, FL and Los Angeles, CA with additional showings in other California cities. It premiers next week in Portland, OR. The full-length documentary chronicles Conrad’s grass-roots movement to stop declawing of all cats worldwide.
Paw Project now has a Colorado chapter headed by retired local veterinarian Aubrey Lavizzo, who will be present for the showing of the movie, along with Conrad. Tickets can be purchased through the Denver Film Society.