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 Declawing is an outdated and unnecessary procedure that is strictly for human convenience.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


Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 14, 2018 Terry Hicks
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 Manuela Battilani
Jul 8, 2018 Alan Farris
Jul 7, 2018 Lauren McClure
Jul 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 Shawn Cloninger
Jul 4, 2018 Rositta Gile
Jul 3, 2018 Kristine Kelch
Jul 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jul 1, 2018 PERLLIE SULIT
Jul 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jun 30, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Jun 30, 2018 Kevin Maddox
Jun 30, 2018 Kristina Holloway
Jun 30, 2018 Denise Hughes
Jun 29, 2018 Nichole Rizzico
Jun 29, 2018 Char Kirby
Jun 29, 2018 G. Simmons
Jun 28, 2018 ELVIRA ANTIBO
Jun 27, 2018 Angela Luffman pls stop this cruel act
Jun 27, 2018 Biada Priest cats need their claws and it is so painful for them to get removed
Jun 27, 2018 Guglielmo L
Jun 26, 2018 Siela Siela Very very cruel no need for declawing to be legal or widespread.
Jun 25, 2018 julie huynh
Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2018 Tom Fitzsimmons
Jun 22, 2018 Julie Matewicz
Jun 22, 2018 Danielle Caneva
Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 21, 2018 Chris Lindsey
Jun 21, 2018 Amy Maudsley
Jun 21, 2018 Doreen Ness Stop the mutilation. The public needs to be educated!
Jun 21, 2018 Terri Giammalvo This is a barbaric procedure that should have ended years ago!
Jun 21, 2018 Donna Northover
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Julie Whitfield
Jun 19, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
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

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