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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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Dec 14, 2017 Carissa Cornelius
Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
Dec 11, 2017 Erica Connolly
Dec 11, 2017 denise piccarelli PLease make it stop!!!
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Ron Laupheimer
Dec 9, 2017 Sharie Field
Dec 9, 2017 Denise Griffin
Dec 9, 2017 Mary Ludwick Stop this heinous practice that ignorant people see as a quick fix to “scratching problems” - I know first hand how wrong this thinking is!
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Absolutely barbaric! Please stop this cruel practice!
Dec 9, 2017 Valerie Traum
Dec 9, 2017 Karen Pauli
Dec 9, 2017 Jean Ostrowsky
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Susan b
Dec 9, 2017 Annemarie Alwin stop this brutality please
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Marsha Whitty
Dec 9, 2017 Lauren Mucha It's so easy to teach a cat to use a scratching post. My baby learned when she was 3 months old and has never scratched anything else. She just turned 18 and still loves her post.
Dec 9, 2017 Dexter Strawther
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Jeff Taylor
Dec 9, 2017 Jan Keao
Dec 9, 2017 Ellen Easum
Dec 9, 2017 Rose Henson Please search your heart and do all you can to end declawing our furry friends. It causes unnecessary pain and behavior problems.
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop mutilating one of God's creatures.
Dec 9, 2017 Lise Witter
Dec 9, 2017 Tricia Walker EVERY cat we've rescued that had been declawed ALWAYS had behavioral issues. My guess is they don't feel they can defend themselves and, so, become aggressive. It takes a while to help them heal emotionally. This horrible practice must stop!
Dec 9, 2017 Loretta Steffens
Dec 9, 2017 Gaya COVINGTON
Dec 9, 2017 Sigrid B Boyd
Dec 9, 2017 June Wing
Dec 9, 2017 Susan Brandscheid
Dec 9, 2017 Sandra Matz
Dec 9, 2017 Nancy Dowdey
Dec 9, 2017 Barbara Cobb
Dec 9, 2017 martha jones
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Paul Husted
Dec 9, 2017 Teresa Adams Help protect these defenseless creatures from such a barbaric act!!
Dec 9, 2017 Fernando Pueblo
Dec 9, 2017 Trang Nguyen
Dec 9, 2017 Renee Chandler
Dec 9, 2017 deborah dales cats need their claws!!! please stop doing this barbaric surgery!
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) no more declawing!!!
Dec 9, 2017 Nancy Virkhaus
Dec 9, 2017 Mary Edwards-Clark Let's Stop mutilating cats! We are supposed to be civilized! Let's act like it and stop this barbaric procedure that maims and injures the kitties just for human comfort!
Dec 9, 2017 Katherine Kallmeyer
Dec 9, 2017 Debbie Hartwell Please take the strong stand of speaking out against declawing cats. There is a reason why the procedure is banned in so many other countries and persuading veterinarians to quit performing the procedure would go a long way in protecting cats from declawi
Dec 9, 2017 John Platania Thank God for those standing up to animal abusers & predators.....make no mistake declawing is animal abuse of the first order!

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