Before you ask lawmakers to pass legislation, it's important to know what you're really supporting. Some legislation is loopholed--it contains sneaky provisions that make enforcement impossible. Loopholes can be added any time before legislation is signed into law.
Other bad animal laws are smoke-and-mirrors. "Landlord laws" are a prime example. They provide animals with only an illusion of protection from devocalization and declawing. Instead of helping, they can actually hurt dogs and cats.
These laws prohibit landlords from requiring that tenants' animals be devocalized or declawed. That may sound good but...
Landlords are NOT the reason the overwhelming majority of people subject their animals to these cruel, behavior-masking surgeries.
Breeders, hoarders, animal-testing labs and irresponsible pet owners, regardless of where they live, do so for their own benefit. "Landlord laws" leave their animals without any protection.
In fact, the California law was endorsed by the California Apartment Association, which represents the interests of rental property owners and managers--not tenants or their pets! The association obviously would have opposed this legislation if landlords were mandating devocalization and declawing.
The recourse for the few landlords who did require devocalization or declawing prior to the law is simple: Disallow all pets, including those already declawed or devocalized. So who does this legislation really serve?
Breeders, vivisectors, hoarders and irresponsible pet owners, who subject their helpless animals to these surgeries
Vets who profit form devocalization and declawing
Animal advocacy groups that want to attach their names to laws without the long, hard, focused work required to pass good ones.
Lawmakers, who can appear animal-friendly to uninformed humane voters--without angering the powerful veterinary lobby.
EMPTY LAWS ARE NOT A STEPPING STONE. THEY'RE A DEAD END.
"Landlord laws" give lawmakers an easy out from supporting future legislation that actually would protect cats by prohibiting declawing.
Should a declaw or devocalization ban be filed, those who voted for the landlord law may be less likely to support it because they can claim, "I already voted for that."
Animal-loving constituents who don't understand legislation are happy.
Breeders, vivisectors and the veterinary lobby are happy.