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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 15, 2017 Allison Johnson
Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 14, 2017 Christopher Silcox
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Sep 13, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 13, 2017 Charla Dubsky
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Ashley Wapenski
Sep 13, 2017 Maelie Bugat
Sep 13, 2017 Elise Caplan
Sep 12, 2017 Jennifer Smith
Sep 12, 2017 katherine Sampson
Sep 12, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Sep 12, 2017 Cecilia Molina
Sep 12, 2017 Diana Moore
Sep 12, 2017 D Dotson There are at least 20 countries who have banned declawing. It is time the US did too.
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 David Stultz
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 Annette Jernigan
Sep 9, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 8, 2017 Marjorie Greenberg
Sep 8, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Kathryn Mulhern Who is behind keeping this going in the States? Please stop. If your couch is more important to you than your cat, rethink having a pet. Only rent where declawing is not required!!!
Sep 6, 2017 Dawn Carter
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 Gina Rubinstein They often won't use litter box afterwards. Would you run the amputated stumps of your toes in the sand?
Sep 5, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 4, 2017 Lara Hembom
Sep 4, 2017 Brandy Barnett
Sep 4, 2017 Tony Coppens
Sep 2, 2017 Marie Horan
Aug 31, 2017 Monique Edwards
Aug 30, 2017 Linda Petty
Aug 29, 2017 Denise Brown This procedure is inhumane and barbarbic, it should truly be illegal.
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Aug 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2017 annie flores ramos
Aug 25, 2017 Meredith Hawkins
Aug 25, 2017 Angie Amor
Aug 25, 2017 Elaine Taylor
Aug 25, 2017 Lisa Field
Aug 25, 2017 Sheila Chastain
Aug 25, 2017 Alysa Fleisher Our kitty had her nails and we never had any issues.

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