The state Assembly on Thursday passed the bill by a 44-10 vote, sending it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava, says it is unconscionable for landlords to require pet owners to subject their animals to permanent surgeries as a condition of tenancy.
Under AB2743, landlords would be fined $1,000 for demanding those procedures in a lease agreement.
Eight local governments in California recently banned the practice of cat declawing, calling it inhumane.
It is by no means a done deal to assume that Gov. Schwarzenegger will sign the bill without serious opposition.
According to the Paw Project, the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) strongly opposes this bill, and is lobbying hard to defeat it. They will work now to share their views with Gov. Schwarzenegger and are already enlisting members of the association to express their negative stand on its passage. On their website, the Paw Project states, “The CVMA is powerful because many legislators automatically support the position held by a trade or business association”.