12 May 2008
Declawing cats is an unnatural, painful and inhumane act; the surgery is actually an amputation of the last joint of a cat's "toes".
People throughout the
world oppose declawing because:
1. The end (owner convenience) doesn't justify the means (causing unnecessary pain to the cat).
2. Other, less harmful alternatives to declawing exist.
3. Claws are part of the nature and composition of cats.
Overall, the view is that it is ethically inappropriate to remove parts of an animal's anatomy, thereby causing the animal pain, merely to fit the owner's lifestyle, aesthetics, or convenience without any benefit to the cat.
Christianne Schelling, DVM
The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR)
Printable brochure (PDF) - share this with others or distribute to vet clinics, shelters, etc..