Enforce Countrywide Declawing Ban

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Target: Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Protect the cats of the United States from the cruel and outdated practice of declawing

In the last several years, the declawing of cats has proven to be detrimental rather than beneficial. Some cities have outlawed the practice and many animal shelters refuse to perform it anymore, but only California as a full state has issued an active ban.

Declawing used to be seen as a simple procedure–a matter of removing the claws themselves, like an advanced manicure. But in truth, the process is much uglier. The entire front joints of a cat’s paw are removed, which is akin to cutting off the tips of a human’s fingers. The recovery process is painful and can lead to infections, and in the end it accomplishes nothing. It is mutilation, plain and simple, and completely unfounded.

When you adopt a cat, you are adopting all of one, not just the soft and cuddly aspects. Claws may pose a danger to us and to other animals, but amputating twenty limbs from the poor creature is not the answer. There are several alternatives to declawing. Cutting the cat’s nails regularly, scratching posts, and soft plastic nail caps. It is possible to protect yourself and your loved ones from cat scratches without doing permanent harm to the cat itself.

Some have compared declawing to spaying and neutering, considering it only a procedure. But while spaying and neutering have added benefits to the animals, declawing does nothing but cause pain and possible infections. It’s not as simple as giving a manicure, and there is no valid reason to have it done.

Please sign this petition to protect our furry friends from needless amputations and subsequent suffering. Cats deserve better than that.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

Please take steps to enforce a countrywide ban on the declawing of cats. It is a cruel, barbaric and outdated practice, animal shelters refuse to perform the procedure and it has been scientifically and medically proven that it does more harm than good. It is much easier and more humane to buy a scratching post or for owners to cut a cat’s nails themselves.

It’s time to phase out this practice and train our cats to stop scratching in more humane ways. California, certain cities in other states, and many animal shelters have already taken this step, but the first steps need to lead to greater effort.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: ALAMY

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3 Comments

  1. I LOVE MY CAT AND WOULD NEVER INFLICT SUCH PAINFUL CRUELTY ON HER AND HOW CAN VETS DO THIS TO A BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY CAT, IT IS NOTHING BUT MUTILATION, IF YOU LOVE YOUR CAT DO NOT DECLAW, IF YOU DONT WANT YOUR FURNATURE CLAWED DONT GET A CAT, IF YOU WANT A CAT AND LOVE THAT CAT, PUT UP WITH THE CLAWING OF FURNATURE,BUT DO NOT DECLAW,IT IS CRUEL, IT IS PAINFUL AND YOUR CAT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN, MUTILATE TO SAVE YOUR FURNATURE, THE CAT IS A LIVING BEING THE FURNATURE IS NOT.

  2. Sara Smith says:

    DON’T try cutting your cat’s claws yourself! For one thing, this doesn’t need doing unless the cat is elderly (and not even then, necessarily) and for another, it’s a job for the vet!!

  3. Carol C Brown says:

    Declawing cats should be illegal and banned…it is cruel and inhumane. Cut off your fingers at the first joint and you’ll understand. Declawed cats are defenseless..if you don’t want them clawing, which is natural…then you shouldn’t have a cat…

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