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Declawing cats is sadly a very common occurrence in the United States. According to the Humane Society for the United States, the practice is banned in Europe, Australia, Japan, and 21 other countries. Despite the international consensus against it, American cats are subjected to this barbaric act.

The process of declawing involves amputating the final knuckle joint in a cat's paws. It is NOT a simple nail clipping. The procedure not only mutilates the cat's paws, but can also lead to many complications. The American Association of Feline Practitioners has pointed out for years that cats can experience arthritis, long-term pain, lack of balance, and behavioral changes due to declawing. It also removes a cat's main means of defense in the wild. Declawing is only for a human's comfort and convenience. It never benefits the animal.

This brutal and unnecessary procedure needs to end in the United States as it has in the rest of the world. Tell the American Veterinary Medical Association to make the refusal to perform onychectomies part of its membership criterion!

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To Joseph Kinnarney, DVM, AVMA President,

I am writing to you in an effort to protect the millions of cats across the country from a horrific procedure that is banned in almost every other country in the world. Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.

As the leader of the AVMA, you are in the unique position of being able to effect nationwide changes in the veterinary community. The United States has fallen behind dozens of other countries that have outlawed declawing cats due to the harmful and unnecessary nature of onychectomies. We believe that the U.S. should be a leader in the humane treatment of animals, and you can help us in that goal.

A strong message from the AVMA taking a stand against declawing would effect wide-ranging change with veterinary practices across the country, and beyond. Help us stand up in defense of our furry friends by requiring members to refuse to perform onychectomies!

Petition Signatures

Mar 22, 2018 Angela Passetti
Mar 21, 2018 Carla Montes Zombie Vets
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Fabian Müller
Mar 19, 2018 Casey Phillips
Mar 19, 2018 Terri Williams
Mar 18, 2018 Sharon Carton
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Clark
Mar 18, 2018 Mary Stallard
Mar 18, 2018 nicole goberdhan
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez
Mar 18, 2018 Carrie Browne Leave it to the greedy vets to torture cats if they get more bucks out of it. No veterinarian should maim an animal much less promote/ advertise that for a few more bucks, they will be happy to do it
Mar 18, 2018 Jayn Line Declawing is barbaric; end of story!
Mar 17, 2018 Joan Bright
Mar 17, 2018 tore boissonneau
Mar 17, 2018 Suzanne Lenhart
Mar 16, 2018 Candice C
Mar 16, 2018 Wilbert Andrews
Mar 16, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 15, 2018 Diana Zimmerman
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 DanutaHow Baziuk How stupid the U.S is in still allowing it.Have the tip of your fingers cut off with your nails
Mar 15, 2018 Martine TRACQUI
Mar 15, 2018 Sherry Nechaj
Mar 15, 2018 gretchen roberson
Mar 14, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 14, 2018 s w
Mar 11, 2018 Amy Secrest
Mar 10, 2018 Rita Sutton
Mar 10, 2018 John Cooper
Mar 10, 2018 Angela Flanagan
Mar 10, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Mar 9, 2018 Martha Schell
Mar 9, 2018 Forrest Kuhn
Mar 9, 2018 Joni Armstrong
Mar 9, 2018 Alexandra Miecznikowski There should NEVER be a reason to declaw a cat. NEVER!!! The humans who think this is OK should have their nails pulls out from the beds without anesthesia.
Mar 9, 2018 Gerald Ladd
Mar 9, 2018 annick baud
Mar 9, 2018 Randi Cohn This is like removing a finger up to the knuckle. Very painful for cats.
Mar 9, 2018 Jennifer Howells
Mar 9, 2018 ann martin
Mar 9, 2018 Isis Walker
Mar 8, 2018 shirley cooksley
Mar 8, 2018 Evan Clarke I have a cat that I love very much. Declawing is cruel and no cat should have to go through it.
Mar 7, 2018 Karen Wineinger
Mar 7, 2018 Joan Autry Vets are DOCTORS! WHAT ABOUT, "DO NO HARM" ! This is barbaric
Mar 7, 2018 brandi bastian

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