Gail C. Gobal, PhD, DVM
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
Phone: 800.248.2862 Fax: 847.925.1329
Governmental Relations Division:
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Washington, DC 20036-1642
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Recently, Isreal has banned the practice of declawing cats. It joins other countries,- Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Finland, Estonia, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It's time for the United States to ban this inhumane practice, as well.
Declawing is an understatement, because in order to remove a cat’s claws, the first joints of each toe are actually amputated. It is a very painful elective surgery that could take weeks of recovery and effects walking or scratching in their litter box. It can also cause lameness and balance disturbances. And there are also anesthesia risks.
It is estimated that about 25% of United States cats are declawed- a convinence for cat owners to keep the kitty from scratching their furniture. We suggest if pet owners are that concerned about their belongings, they do not own cats.
We ask the American Veterinary Medical Association to stop this unethical practice and ban declawing cats.