Black Sabbath Bassist Speaks Out Against Declawing

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By Adrea

Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath on stage (Photo: Mary Ouellette,

Founding member of Black Sabbath and self-proclaimed “crazy cat person,” Geezer Butler has voiced his support for a law being considered in New York state that bans the declawing of cats. While there are veterinarians in the Empire State who are fighting the bill due to potential lost earnings, which according to a New York Post article can range from $100 to $500 for the procedure, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) continues to fight for the bill while educating fellow lawmakers about the inhumane practice.

Butler told Rolling Stone magazine that he and his wife have rescued many cats and that declawing, an “elective, convenience surgery,” has never been an option.  He wants the lawmakers in Albany to support this bill which, if passed, would join laws banning the tattooing and piercing of pets and allowing dogs in outdoor cafes.  Perhaps if he plays this tune loud enough, someone in the state capital will hear.



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