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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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

Petition Signatures

Nov 22, 2017 Lynne Minore
Nov 22, 2017 Raimond Zerbis
Nov 22, 2017 Martha Swartz Declawing IS very painful for cats.
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 Jennifer Acrey
Nov 21, 2017 Lesley Bolton
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Melissa Dorval
Nov 19, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Nov 19, 2017 Gen Agustsson
Nov 19, 2017 Rebecca Dunne
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) If you don't want to get scratched by a cat, then DON'T GET ONE. You're a barbarian if you've declawed these innocent creatures.
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Nicholas Chatfield
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 16, 2017 C. Scott
Nov 16, 2017 J. McDonald
Nov 16, 2017 jane wells
Nov 16, 2017 Greg Fox
Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) If you aren't prepared to accept the results of owning a cat, your don't want a cat.
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Heather Harvey My parents did this to one of my cats and after what I seen him go through I vowed to never do this to any of my other cats. It is barbaric and cruel.
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 William Florijan
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Parks-Smith This is a cruel and brutal practice which must stop!
Nov 16, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 15, 2017 Lina Guerrero
Nov 15, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 15, 2017 Rachael Acomb We should ban declawing. It is morally wrong and unfair.
Nov 15, 2017 Marina Nemeth
Nov 14, 2017 janice vakili sick
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Dianne Biron
Nov 14, 2017 Cheryl Free This such a cruel thing to do, image someone ripping out your fingernails
Nov 13, 2017 JANE COSTON
Nov 13, 2017 Clara Zhang
Nov 12, 2017 Wendy Steiner Declawing is a sick and sadistic practice that needs to be outlawed everywhere and enforced.
Nov 12, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury
Nov 11, 2017 Marilyn Martin Please stop letting people have their pets maimed!
Nov 11, 2017 Jennifer Piche
Nov 11, 2017 Francis Robertson
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm counting on you to do what's right.
Nov 9, 2017 Susan Tucker Declawing cats is unnecessary
Nov 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop this barbaric practice. Cats are smart. I rescued one from our neighborhood. The first time she went to scratch the loveseat (leather) I said no and she hasn't. She has two large scratching post and is content.
Nov 9, 2017 Drazen Bukovec

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