By Ruth AKA Kattaddorra
I think that anyone who gives years of their life to train as a vet must surely love animals enough to want to help them, to prevent suffering and to hopefully cure them of illness.
The late Alf Wight, a UK vet, was a very kind and compassionate vet who in his later years wrote as James Herriot, fiction based on fact, of his career as a vet.
Why are some veterinarians more compassionate than others?
The words he wrote in his books show how much he cared for his patients and I’m almost certain he would never have declawed a cat. How do I know this?
Well, I know because I met him and he was a true cat lover. He was a friend of George Wilson, a vet I used to work for many years ago. Both had mixed practices of small animals and farm animals.
The vet I worked for was once asked to declaw a cat in the days before we had our Pet Welfare law making all cosmetic surgery illegal. He angrily refused and told the client she would not find any vet in the UK who would agree to carry out such cruel surgery.
The words Alf Wight uses about cats are beautiful:
‘Touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed’ ….There wrote a true cat lover.
Cats claws ARE carefully sheathed…until they need to use them….so how wrong it is for vets in the USA and Canada to take those beautiful and essential claws away, along with the last joint of the cats toes.
It is unimaginable that anyone would do that and I think that if the late Mr Wilson and Mr Wight had still been around and known that declawing was still happening in those countries and that young kittens were still being declawed routinely along with neutering, they would have despaired of the vets who are doing it.
It’s inconceivable that some vets continue to break their oath to cause no animal to suffer, that some in fact encourage declawing by advertising it in neuter/declaw packages or with discount. They have the power to stop this cruel surgery, just as our UK vets used their power to refuse to declaw.
The world watches and waits for ALL vets to stop this legalised abuse!
Associated: DECLAWING IS A CRIME AGAINST MOTHER NATURE