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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


May 21, 2018 Kristine Menger
May 21, 2018 Patty Gamblin I have Always been a "Cat Lover", I am 69 years old...do I need to say MORE!!??!! PLEASE, Do MORE Than READ This...Put A "STOP To IT !!!!!"
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Judy Bradley
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Diana Wallace This is cruel. It causes intense pain and leads to behavioral problems. Outlaw this practice now>
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Lisa Hayes
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Ray Kowalski
May 19, 2018 Joan Turpin
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Doradean Correia
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Ursula Kiefert
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2018 M T
May 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2018 Deb Chen
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Amanda Williams
May 17, 2018 Jessica Rosario Please save them PLS,save our beautiful cats from cruelty abuse,pls save them i beg please
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 17, 2018 Nataly Valencia
May 16, 2018 Lily Crumb
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Paola Carbé
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 G L Sanchez-Levine this procedure is very PAINFUL for felines...DON'T get a cat if you're going to amputate it! How can a piece of furniture mean more than that precious animal?? And what if he gets out of the house...no defense w/out claws! please make it law; NO DECLAWING
May 15, 2018 Don Reeves
May 15, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 15, 2018 Susan Fleming
May 15, 2018 Debbie Christner
May 15, 2018 bari bowles
May 15, 2018 Erica Munn
May 15, 2018 Elizabeth Fuller
May 15, 2018 Ramona Blankinship
May 15, 2018 Gail Lang
May 15, 2018 J S
May 15, 2018 June Smith
May 14, 2018 Myranda Schmitz
May 14, 2018 Diana R.
May 14, 2018 Laura Congdon Please rethink your decisions
May 14, 2018 Anne Havard
May 14, 2018 jocelyne coenart
May 14, 2018 Алена Богданова

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