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Animal Wellness Centers Urges Support for California Animal Protection Law

Dr. Annie and HSVMA Help Bill Pass in State Senate Now Urge Governor to Sign into Law

SANTA MONICA – Assembly Bill 2743 passed 21-12 by the California Senate several days ago. AB 2743 will impose a civil fine of $2500 for each instance of declawing or devocalization as a result of a landlord-tenant agreement. Also, landlords will not be to able give preferential treatment to tenants with declawed or debarked animals or advertise in a manner designed to discourage applicants with animals that have not been declawed or devocalized.

A search of rental listings throughout California shows a number of properties with landlords and managers requiring that potential owners will be considered only with declawed cats, according to an article posted online by Daphne Reid of Pet Peoples Place.

Dr. Annie, in her capacity as Chief Medical Officer of Animal Wellness Centers and as a member of the Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), lobbied State Senator Fran Pavley (D-23rd Dist.) to vote in favor of the bill. Eight local governments in California have recently banned the practice of cat declawing (Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, West Hollywood), recognizing the practice as inhumane.

Please Call Governor Schwarzenegger at 916-445-2841 – Urge Him to Sign A.B. 2743

“Animal Wellness Centers and the HSVMA are dedicated to strengthening the unique human- animal bond. At the core of this bond is our duty to champion the humane treatment of animals. Please consider calling the Governor to voice your support for this important animal protection legislation,” noted Dr. Annie.

In contrast to Animal Wellness Centers and the HSVMA, the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) opposes the bill. The CVMA states that it objects to several sections of the current version of the bill, including their claim that declawing cats does not affect their behavior and therefore poses no public safety concern. Since the CVMA can be very influential, Governor Schwarzenegger needs to hear from concerned voters and pro-animal groups to help push him to what we believe to be the right outcome for felines across the state and the nation.

ABOUT ANIMAL WELLNESS CENTERS

Animal Wellness Centers LLC is a fast-growing companion-animal healthcare firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Its core business is veterinary services with a focus on comprehensive animal wellness designed to strengthen the human-animal bond. It is the exclusive retailer of Dr. Annie’sTM brand products. Its flagship Center in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood is the world’s first non-anthropomorphic companion-animal center offering full array of pet products, an education center, preventative care clinics and a social networking arena.

Annie Harvilicz, DVM, CVA (“Dr. Annie”) is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of AWC. She brings experience at leading centers for animal care throughout the world including extensive work on endangered species such as giant pandas, black rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Precinct television program during her tenure at the ASPCA’s Animal Hospital in New York City. Her private practice has spanned across the country with high-profile clientele from New York to Los Angeles. She completed her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as President of the school’s chapter of the AVMA. She is also the recipient of various awards and distinctions including, among others, the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for special compassion for lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs. She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

ABOUT THE HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) was formed as a home for veterinary professionals who want to engage in direct care programs for animals in need and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues. HSVMA Field Services, formerly known as RAVS, is our primary direct care program. We are also actively involved in advocating for better public policies for animals and advancing humane alternatives in veterinary education. Our Mission: To protect and advocate for animals while providing leadership and service opportunities that support a humane veterinary profession.

ABOUT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Our mission: Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty.