Black Sabbath bassist calls it “dreadfully inhumane”
By David Sands
March 4, 2016
Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler may be be a pretty badass bass player, but that certainly doesn’t stop him from loving cuddly kittens—or fighting on their behalf.
The pioneering metal bassist is now on a mission to prevent the declawing of cats in New York. To this end, he’s urging its State Senate to pass a bill outlawing the practice. If Empire State lawmakers decide to pass Senate Bill 5084, they would make New York first state in the U.S. to ban feline declawing.
Butler, who describes himself as “a crazy cat person,” shared his thoughts on the matter in a statement released Feb. 22 by the Humane Society of the United States.
“New York is one of Black Sabbath’s favorite states to perform in because New Yorkers are smart, open-minded, and compassionate,” he says. “I am particularly delighted to be coming back to the Empire State after learning from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States that there is a bill before lawmakers that, if passed, would ban the practice of declawing cats.”
After mentioning that he and his wife Gloria have rescued many cats over the years, the bass player goes on to call feline declawing “dreadfully inhumane.”
“Can you imagine having your fingers chopped off at the last bone? That is what the equivalent is for cats who are declawed.” he adds. “I urge lawmakers to remain steadfast in those characteristics I admire most about New Yorkers and support the bill to ban the declawing of cats.”
Black Sabbath is currently on the road for what they say is their last tour ever, “The End.” It kicked off in Omaha, Nebraska in January and is slated to wrap up in Phoenix, Arizona this September.
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