"The Paw Project" is a documentary about the non-profit organization with the same name that aims to educate the public and the legislators about the terrible impact the surgical procedure of declawing cats have on the lives of thousands and thousands of domestic and wild cats. The organization has changed the animal laws of 8 cities in the state of California since 2002. The movie screened on the University of Southern California campus this Sunday, October 27, 2013, followed by a Q&A with director and founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad and USC 's very own editing professor and the film's editor Allan Holzman.
The film certainly pulled the heartstrings of the audience by telling them that declawing cats is like cutting off a person's fingertips. The Paw Project website explains, "Declawing is a surgical procedure, also called onychectomy, in which the animal's toes are amputated at the last joint. Most people do not realize that a portion of the bone—not only the nail—is removed." The horror of it, not only is the resemblance to a form of human torture practice, but that people do it simply because it "protects the kittie's home." It endangers a cat's life for the "well-being" of a couch.
The film documents the battle against the Senator Bill 762, which bans cities in the state of California from banning declaw in 2009, by getting as many cities in Los Angeles to ban the declawing of cats before the deadline listed in the bill, which was January 1, 2010. So far, 8 cities, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills and Culver City have banned their citizens from declawing cats, and they are the only cities in the whole nation that have banned such a practice. When Jennifer Conrad was asked about the impact of the film, she said, "One of the greatest effects was that we screened the film in Malibu. We had a packed house, and within 24 hours the veteranians in Malibu could no longer declaw a cat and they have not declawed a cat since."
She wanted the audience to feel them winning the war on Animal laws, she said during the Q&A, "I wanted people would finish the film and walk out of the theater going, 'Oh, all I have to do is tell 5 people what declawing is, call my vet and tell them I don’t want them declawing anymore, and I’m part of this movement!' "
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The film will screen this Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 in Chicago, IL. Read more about the Paw Project and their screening schedule, click here.