Ricky Gervais may very well be our favorite British import. The acid-tongued comedian and lifelong ailurophile took to the web yesterday, in conjunction with the Paw Project, with one simple message: Paws need claws.
He was speaking out against cat declawing—long considered barbaric in animal-rescue circles and an inhumane alternative to behavior modification therapies as a method of keeping cats from clawing up favored furniture. “Declawing” is a bit of a misnomer, as the procedure removes not just the claw but also the entire top portion of the cat’s toe bone. Declawing has been linked with serious complications including chronic pain and a lifelong inability for the affected cat to use the litter-box (because walking on litter becomes too painful).
"How could anyone in their right mind declaw a cat or a kitten?" Gervais asks. "I could never imagine committing such an injustice to my beautiful moggy, however many stair carpets or sofas she likes to ruin. New York is one of the greatest most progressive places in the world and I hope to see it at the forefront of the humane treatment of all animals."
The New York State legislature is considering a measure that would ban the practice of declawing state-wide—something Gervais and his beloved moggy, Ollie, are in favor of.