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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 21, 2018 michela gollo
Feb 21, 2018 Nicolette Seggelink
Feb 21, 2018 Ann Jardmark
Feb 21, 2018 Margret Weissenbacher
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Andrew Karfeld
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Brandy Thompson So wrong
Feb 19, 2018 Ellen OConnor
Feb 19, 2018 marjorie brown Very cruel and unnecessary...
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Dankmeyer
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 16, 2018 Crystal Wingert
Feb 16, 2018 Nancy Raymond Declawing is cruel and inflicts pain and suffering on cats. And it throws off their balance - this practice needs to be banned nationwide. Anyone who thinks declawing is OK should not have a cat.
Feb 16, 2018 Charlotte Donovan Very painful..very cruel...I would Never..Never...Do this!! How would you all like ur finger nails pulled Out?!@
Feb 16, 2018 silvia van bommel
Feb 16, 2018 Melody Hartley
Feb 15, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 15, 2018 Evelyne DOMPMARTIN-DERI
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 Sharon Prior Absolutely stop declawing
Feb 15, 2018 Paul Henderson
Feb 15, 2018 Cheryl Weaver
Feb 15, 2018 Mary Shabbott
Feb 14, 2018 veronique Charvet
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 11, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Feb 11, 2018 Patrizia Ricciuti
Feb 11, 2018 Adeline Wong
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 Jane Davidson
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 6, 2018 Katherine Weesner
Feb 5, 2018 Daniel Blake Please no declawing in the USA
Feb 5, 2018 Beth Knuth
Feb 4, 2018 Elizabeth Holmes-Luciano
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 j c
Feb 3, 2018 Doris Schaefer
Feb 2, 2018 marisol melgarejo
Feb 1, 2018 Beatriz Costa
Feb 1, 2018 Millie Neskovich
Jan 31, 2018 Caroline Struck
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
Jan 30, 2018 Marion Schorr

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