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At least two members of Black Sabbath who are considered by many in the world greatest metal band, want to see an end to the cruel practice of declawing cats.
Geezer Butler, the legendary Black Sabbath bassist, is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat person” and a dog lover.
He often posts pictures of his numerous pets on social media. For years, the musician has openly opposed the declawing of cats and joins the Humane Society to urge New York lawmakers to ban the “terribly inhuman” practice.
When Black Sabbath was preparing to play her last tour in New York, called “The End,” the Humane Society issued this statement:
“Many know me as one of the founding members of Black Sabbath, but are less likely to know that I am a ‘crazy cat person’,” he said. “My wife and I have saved a lot of cats and we have never dreamed of having them undergo elective, convenient surgery like declawing.”
Below, Butler shared pictures of his cats, Biz, Wiz, and Tink (bottom pic) taking over his director’s chair.
Throw declawing in the trash can of history
Then the bassist urged the legislature to destroy the cruel practice, a painful amputation the third toe bone and the nail of a cat’s paw.
“Can you imagine chopping off your fingers on the last bone?” He concluded. “That’s the equivalent for cats that have declawed. It is terribly inhuman! A barrage of vets across New York is backing legislation to toss declawing in the trash can of history. I urge lawmakers to stand firm in the qualities I most admire in New Yorkers and to support the cat declawing bill. “
Three years later it became New York the first state Ban declawing cats. So Butler’s efforts to raise awareness paid off. The following year, Ozzy Osbourne took part in a public campaign against cat declawing.
Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne campaigns against the declawing of cats
Warning: Image might be disturbing to some viewers.
More recently, the outrageous Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne also acted against declawing cats. Last year, Osbourne was the face of a bloody graphics campaign that called for an end to declawing.
In the ad for PETA, Osbourne appears in a black and white photo. However, red blood drips from his amputated fingers. An accompanying slogan is:
“Never claw a cat. It’s an amputation, not a manicure. “
In a statement, the singer further condemned the declawing:
“Amputating a cat’s toes is twisted and wrong. If your couch is more important to you than your cat’s health and happiness, you don’t deserve to have an animal! Get cats a scratching post – don’t mutilate them for a lifetime. “
In the past, the heavy metal singer was known for his cruelty to animals. As is well known, he bit off the head of a dead bat and requested a rabies vaccination after a concert in Iowa.
He even admitted shooting 17 cats in one drug induced frenzy in the early 80’s. But today he campaigns for animal rights with his wife Sharon Osbourne and daughter Kelly.
Today Ozzy is an unlikely but effective spokesman against the cruelty of feline decaling. Likewise, Geezer Butler shows that being kind to animals is cool as one of the people who shaped the heavy metal music genre.
As more and more people become aware of the risks of cat declawing, no doubt more US states will ban the practice. As we’ve said many times, declawing cats can cause chronic pain, nerve trauma, bone spurs, necrosis, lameness, and many behavioral problems.
Recently, the vast Canadian province Saskatchewan forbidden to declaw cats and join a list of other provinces. As more and more people are being informed and sensitized, it is only a matter of time before the declawing finally ends up in the rubbish bin of history.
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