Dr. Conrad--Founder of The Paw Project & Top Expert On Perils Of Declawing--on Talking Animals
My guest on "Talking Animals" June 26 will be Dr. Jennifer Conrad, a veterinarian and founder of The Paw Project.
Based in Santa Monica, CA, The Paw Project is an organization that seeks to educate the public about about the harmful effects of feline declawing, and to end the practice of the declaw surgery, increasingly through legislative efforts to help municipalities outlaw that procedure.
Toward that end, there’s now a new documentary, also called “The Paw Project,” that focuses on Dr. Conrad’s work: she is a veteran vet who’s cared for wildlife on six continents and has performed reparative surgery on numerous captive big cats who’d been declawed, helping relieve their pain of being maimed and to improve their mobility.
The film also looks at Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project’s efforts for more than a dozen years to call attention to the myriad problems brought on by declawing house cats.
Widening out from well-told documentary to political thrilled of sorts, “The Paw Project” relates the tale of West Hollywood being the first U.S. city to ban declaw surgery, the veterinarian trade associations aggressive effort to overturn that ban and pass a law pre-emptively preventing more such bans, and the race against the clock by several 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.
The conversation with Dr. Conrad will air on "Talking Animals" on June 26 at 9am ET.