European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals Reflects an Agreement to Not Declaw

It is interesting to note that the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, created in 1987 and effective in 1992 is an agreement between 23 European countries to not declaw cats. The UK is not a signatory to the convention (an international agreement) but UK law (Animal Welfare Act 2006) bans declawing unless for specific medical reasons for the cat’s benefit.

Here is a screenshot of the relevant section of the convention:

Agreement to not declaw cats under the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (1987)

Agreement to not declaw cats under the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (1987) Effective 1992. Twenty-three countries are signed up to it.

The European countries signed up to the convention and which have ratified it are listed below (courtesy Wikipedia – thanks):

Member countries of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals
Country Signed Ratified Entry into force
Austria October 2, 1997 August 10, 1999 March 1, 2000
Azerbaijan October 22, 2003 October 19, 2007 May 1, 2008
Belgium November 13, 1987 December 20, 1991 July 1, 1992
Bulgaria May 21, 2003 July 20, 2004 February 1, 2005
Cyprus December 9, 1993 December 9, 1993 July 1, 1994
Czech Republic June 24, 1998 September 23, 1998 March 24, 1999
Denmark November 13, 1987 October 20, 1992 May 1, 1993
Finland December 2, 1991 December 2, 1991 July 1, 1992
France December 18, 1996 October 3, 2003 May 1, 2004
Germany June 21, 1988 May 27, 1991 May 1, 1992
Greece November 13, 1987 April 29, 1992 November 1, 1992
Italy November 13, 1987 April 19, 2011 November 1, 2011
Latvia March 1, 2010 October 22, 2010 May 1, 2011
Lithuania September 11, 2003 May 19, 2004 December 1, 2004
Luxembourg November 13, 1987 October 25, 1991 May 1, 1992
Netherlands November 13, 1987
Norway November 13, 1987 February 3, 1988 May 1, 1992
Portugal November 13, 1987 June 28, 1993 January 1, 1994
Romania June 23, 2003 August 6, 2004 March 1, 2005
Serbia December 2, 2010 December 2, 2010 July 1, 2011
Spain October 9, 2015
Sweden March 14, 1989 March 14, 1989 May 1, 1992
Switzerland November 13, 1990 November 3, 1993 June 1, 1994
Turkey November 18, 1999 November 28, 2003 June 1, 2004
Ukraine July 5, 2011 January 9, 2014 August 1, 2014
Countries in italics do allow tail docking.

It is nice to see that the governments of these countries openly declaring that declawing must not take place. It is a statement of common sense. No doubt that each of these countries have their own animal welfare laws which makes it illegal to declaw. In effect this convention is a belt and braces piece of ‘legislation’ which binds the countries concerned by agreement.








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