I grew up in the NW of the USA, and before I learned about AR, I'd assumed getting your cat declawed was just as necessary and routine as getting your cat spayed. How sad, when I think back.
What's worse is that I actually had to tell my parent's NOT to get their new(est) cat declawed and had to give them pointers on how to clip her nails. It's just like trimming your dog's nails, except that you have to extend the claws!
If this law passes in the UK, that's AWESOME. Unfortunately, I don't think any such bill is likely in the USA for another 10+ years. :/ Keep working on your younger siblings and nephews/nieces, all in the US!! Someday..