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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 12, 2018 Kay Lowe
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Eileen Hennessy
Jan 11, 2018 carla renders
Jan 9, 2018 Tanahy Armental
Jan 6, 2018 Cathy Wright
Jan 6, 2018 Vasiliki Zoumpouli
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
Dec 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Cats need their claws!
Dec 25, 2017 Jackee Goforth
Dec 23, 2017 Annie Hatzakorzian
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Declawing cats is cruel. Don't get a cat if you'll just declaw them so they can't hurt you :/
Dec 19, 2017 Susan Yerecic Please stop the declawing.Dangerous Practice
Dec 18, 2017 Verna Willis
Dec 18, 2017 anita rubin Dewclawing of cats is,inhumane, painful, and crippling for a kitty. If you love your cat, don't do it!
Dec 18, 2017 Diane Miller
Dec 18, 2017 KAREN MEISENHEIMER
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

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