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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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Nan Newall
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 15, 2018 Bob Fitzsimmons
Apr 15, 2018 Wendy Pate
Apr 15, 2018 Cheryl Martin
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Kathleen Fillo
Apr 14, 2018 Stacey Smith
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 13, 2018 Ankita Jain Gupta
Apr 13, 2018 Sherry Gerszberg
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Berberi
Apr 13, 2018 Sheryl Precopia
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Nanette Smith
Apr 13, 2018 Giovanna Martinez
Apr 13, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
Apr 13, 2018 Cyndee Jimenez
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Craig
Apr 13, 2018 Robert Thomson
Apr 13, 2018 Donna Moatassem
Apr 13, 2018 Mary Mayo
Apr 13, 2018 Stacey Mcbride This is horrible, We don't cut our childrens fingers off
Apr 13, 2018 David Kueneman
Apr 13, 2018 kevin juniper
Apr 13, 2018 Glenda Kelly
Apr 13, 2018 Vicki mATTINGLY DECLAWING IS A CRIME!! OR SHOULD BE!! THIS MUST CEASE AND DESIST AND LET'S GET A BILL/LAW GOING ON THIS!! PERHAPS OWNERS SHOULD GET THEIR NAILS AND DIGITS AMPUTATED ON ALL 10 FINGERS!!! THEN THEY WILL """""KNOW"""" HOW IT FEELS! GET COMPASSION!
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Marianne Taylor
Apr 13, 2018 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 12, 2018 Amy Garza
Apr 12, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Apr 12, 2018 Judy Allman
Apr 12, 2018 Harald Geiger
Apr 12, 2018 jackie cavallo
Apr 12, 2018 Annette Rostron
Apr 12, 2018 mila wybenga
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Lori Wilson
Apr 11, 2018 Janie Anderson ONE OF THE MOST CRUEL, DESPICABLE IGNORANT THINGS ONE CAN DO TO A POOR KITTIE HEINOUS
Apr 11, 2018 Pamela Miller, OD, FAAO, JD, FNAP This is long overdue and it is up to the Veterinary profession to take the lead on this issue.

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