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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Aug 17, 2018 Glenn Showalter
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Anna Evans ALL ANIMAL ABUSE CRUELTY AND EXPLOITATION MUST BE STOPPED FOREVER
Aug 15, 2018 David Margolis
Aug 15, 2018 Jana Pettinger
Aug 14, 2018 Gloria Wilkins
Aug 14, 2018 Beatrice Platt
Aug 14, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Aug 14, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 13, 2018 Sheylyn Jaymes Think what it would be like if someone pulled your nails right off the bed of your fingers. That's what happens when animals are declawed. IT IS VERY PAINFUL and not necessary. Animals need their claws for climbing and protection. Stop declawing them.
Aug 13, 2018 Deborah Searles
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Leslie Poms
Aug 13, 2018 Keith Michelen
Aug 13, 2018 David Sickles
Aug 13, 2018 kelly white
Aug 13, 2018 Betty Lininger
Aug 13, 2018 Kim Welch This is the grossed, very inhumane act to declaw a cat to "save your furniture". Taking away a cat's defense mechanism is cruel and ignorant. How would you like your fingernails removed? Please think before declawing.
Aug 12, 2018 William Batt
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 lisa kasper
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 4, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Xiomara Somarriba
Aug 2, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Aug 1, 2018 Janice Powers
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Lucia Flakus
Jul 31, 2018 Cyndee Kott
Jul 31, 2018 ANDROULLA SAVVA
Jul 30, 2018 Sharon Metcalfe PLEASE S CRUELTY AND STOP THE DECLAWING THE CATS AS THEY DO NEED THE CLAWS TO HUNT ETC!!!!!!!!!
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 27, 2018 Stephanie Brake
Jul 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2018 Kristin Siegmund
Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Cecile Nurit
Jul 21, 2018 HSIU CHUI
Jul 21, 2018 JANICE CHUI
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy

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