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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Jun 19, 2018 Megan Pearlman
Jun 18, 2018 Sue Michelson
Jun 18, 2018 Carol De Hart
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 E Hugil
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Kathy Donato
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Theresa Schlentner I now have cars and believe that everyone needs to watch the video of a cat being declawed then make your decision . I can’t do it .
Jun 16, 2018 Gina Fendeu
Jun 16, 2018 Anne Garrity
Jun 13, 2018 Silvana De Marco
Jun 13, 2018 Jo Dolittle
Jun 13, 2018 joão Carranço
Jun 12, 2018 Vicki Baker
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde Please please please STOP declawing!!!
Jun 11, 2018 Patricia Royal
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2018 Patricia McGrady Have compassion!
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Debbane Inhumane procedure. Buy some cat trees.
Jun 10, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 mina rosen
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) Pratique VETERINAIRE ODIEUSE = EMPUTATION Arrachez vous toutes les premières phalanges de vos doigts et vous verrez bien!!
Jun 7, 2018 Carol Felicello
Jun 7, 2018 Alora Beko
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2018 Adam Ostler
Jun 6, 2018 Carolina Costa
Jun 6, 2018 Simon Wales Stop this disgusting cruelty. Those who approve of this must have their nails ripped off and see how they feel
Jun 6, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 5, 2018 Christopher Dean HORRENDOUS and COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY !!!
Jun 5, 2018 DAWN Felton
Jun 5, 2018 Neville Bruce
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 4, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2018 Jane Salgado
Jun 3, 2018 Martha Eberleberle
Jun 3, 2018 Jackie Boles
Jun 3, 2018 Sophia Ster
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 2, 2018 Jennifer Pinkston
Jun 1, 2018 Lauren-Michelle Kraft
Jun 1, 2018 Wendy Jenks
Jun 1, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 31, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
May 31, 2018 Victoria León
May 31, 2018 Sophie Avoustin

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