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Originally Posted: 13 November 2008
Help Ban the Barbaric Declawing of Cats in the USA
The declawing of domestic cats is a cruel mutilating operation and people are having this procedure done in the United States of America, without considering the full implication of the physical and mental effect on their cats. It is banned already in 24 countries. Declawing is banned in West Hollywood, California. We petition that it should be also banned in all the rest of the United States of America.
The beautiful fully-clawed KayDee
Not only does this major operation cause physical pain and mental distress, cats use their claws for balance, to jump, and to climb. Cats walk on their toes, not the pads of their feet, and declawing forces them to walk in an unnatural way. The claws play an important role in grooming, and that grooming is the way a cat helps to control its body temperature, its scent signals, and more.
Quote from the American Veterinary Medical Association: ‘Declawing of domestic cats should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively.’ Which of course means this mutilating operation is supposed to be as a last resort. Yet some veterinarians are performing it routinely, including on kittens, on demand from their clients.
This is from a quote from one state’s Head of Veterinary Medicine: "Most veterinarians encourage declawing at a reasonably young age."
Surely, instead of encouraging it at all, veterinarians should be educating their clients as to the enormity and consequences of this procedure to their cats and to the alternatives to this drastic step.
Please sign the petition and also contact the AVMA directly:
American Veterinary Medical Association
931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
phone (847) 925-.8070
fax (847) 925-1329
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