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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 cats’ paws. It is NOT a simple nail clipping. The procedure not only mutilates the cats’ 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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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!

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Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
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Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 jay beck
Mar 23, 2017 Pablo Ernesto Vigneaux Wilton
Mar 23, 2017 john guerrero
Mar 23, 2017 ivonne leon
Mar 23, 2017 lila guerrero
Mar 23, 2017 zaida guerrero
Mar 23, 2017 Dr.Sadie Lewis Violence, abuse, torture- sick and evil. We each need to positize our cover of the world.
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 Jenna Wilson
Mar 23, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 23, 2017 Rebecca Moore Please help
Mar 23, 2017 Andrea Harrison
Mar 22, 2017 Ariel Rankin
Mar 22, 2017 Mark Meyers
Mar 22, 2017 Tyrone Sweatt Humans, Imagine having your entire nailbed removed permanently. That's what declawing feels like for a cat. Let's stop this now!!!!
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
Mar 21, 2017 Shannon Rast
Mar 20, 2017 Irina Kurland
Mar 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 20, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 19, 2017 April Thackeray
Mar 19, 2017 Diana Beamish
Mar 19, 2017 jude lotz
Mar 19, 2017 Winnie Wilson If you wouldn't do it to a person you shouldn't to an animal
Mar 19, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 18, 2017 Barbara Holdredge
Mar 18, 2017 jon zebrowski
Mar 18, 2017 marty zebrowski
Mar 18, 2017 sandra Corrigan
Mar 17, 2017 ANA Dimic
Mar 16, 2017 Kelly Jones
Mar 16, 2017 Donna Trueblood
Mar 15, 2017 Alyssa Ramirez
Mar 15, 2017 Anne Snyder
Mar 15, 2017 jewell batway
Mar 15, 2017 mitzi c collins
Mar 15, 2017 robert burdon
Mar 15, 2017 Erika Tamar
Mar 15, 2017 Kathleen Neely Barbaric
Mar 15, 2017 Paul Statman
Mar 15, 2017 lorene wartick

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