Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of The Paw Project

Dr. Jennifer Conrad—veterinarian and founder of The Paw Project—explains exactly what de-clawing is, confronting head-on what for many is a confusing misnomer by noting that it’s “de-knuckling,” that the de-claw surgery actually involves amputating parts of the cat’s bones.Jenny-with-Lion-Cub-A-1-1-03 She discusses the new documentary film, also called “The Paw Project,” which chronicles her work—The Paw Project seeks to educate the public about the perils of feline de-clawing and to end the practice of the declaw surgery—which includes performing reparative surgery on numerous captive big cats who had been declawed, helping relieve their pain of being maimed by and to improve their mobility.  The The movie widens out from well-told doc to political thriller of sorts, relating the tale of West Hollywood becoming the first U.S. city to ban declaw surgery, the veterinarians’ trade associations aggressive effort to overturn that ban and help pass a law pre-emptively preventing more such bans, and the race against the clock by several California cities to follow West Hollywood’s lead before the new law took effect. Communities can request screenings of “The Paw Project” at local theaters through www.TUGG.com. A limited theatrical release of the documentary is slated for the Fall in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.  (www. pawproject.org www.facebook.com/pawproject)

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MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Jimmy Jordan & Regents’  “Albino Bat,” Rolling Stones’  “Monkey Man” instrumentals

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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