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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Apr 25, 2018 Ingrid Quevin
Apr 25, 2018 jadranka vidovic
Apr 25, 2018 Paula Scalercio
Apr 25, 2018 Antonio Molina
Apr 25, 2018 Carrie Keske
Apr 25, 2018 Sandra Baldacci
Apr 25, 2018 Ann Haynes
Apr 25, 2018 maria Cau
Apr 25, 2018 Paula McCarthy
Apr 25, 2018 Antonio Scognamiglio
Apr 25, 2018 Mary Keehn
Apr 25, 2018 Jane Parker
Apr 25, 2018 Jennifer Mellish
Apr 25, 2018 Bruce Forster
Apr 25, 2018 D P
Apr 25, 2018 karin haberthuer
Apr 25, 2018 P D
Apr 25, 2018 joyce alexander
Apr 25, 2018 Andrea Leschner
Apr 25, 2018 Alexandra Cordeiro
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Ann Lamont This is as bad if not worse than clipping dogs ears & docking the tails. Needs to have a serve penalty
Apr 25, 2018 Laura Fletcher
Apr 25, 2018 Audrey Stafford
Apr 25, 2018 Theresa Corrigan
Apr 25, 2018 Artem Vyzhenko
Apr 25, 2018 Tulin Attila This is inhuman cruelty all cats need their claws this is not necessary stop.
Apr 25, 2018 martine brochard
Apr 25, 2018 Evelyn Downs
Apr 25, 2018 yesim göbelli
Apr 25, 2018 Jerily Robinson
Apr 25, 2018 carol larkin
Apr 25, 2018 David Allen Stringer
Apr 25, 2018 Laetitia Crapa
Apr 25, 2018 jovita prinz
Apr 25, 2018 SYLVIE ACHOURI
Apr 25, 2018 Claire Manwani
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Inge Ferner
Apr 25, 2018 Ishita Bhattacharya
Apr 25, 2018 Claudia Petrikowksi
Apr 25, 2018 Julia Genth
Apr 25, 2018 Agnetha Broecker
Apr 25, 2018 Bruce Weir
Apr 25, 2018 Rachel Van den Brande
Apr 25, 2018 kyriaki paschali
Apr 25, 2018 Suzanne Downie
Apr 25, 2018 Daniela Vogt
Apr 25, 2018 Neil Rees Please people don't allow this. Thankyou.
Apr 25, 2018 Lin Van Blerk Cats were born with claws for a reason. Stop this inhumane practice now!

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