This is what CVMA President Dr. Mark Nunez said at the Malibu City Council meeting against a ban on declawing:
“We are opposed to a ban on declawing,” testified Dr. Nunez. “We do not want to see cats declawed routinely. We do believe that it is an option of last resort. We believe that this should be a decision between a cat owner and their veterinarian. The decision should be made by the professionals; it should not be made in the City Council chambers.”
This is my analysis of it:
We are opposed to a ban on declawing
This is because a ban on declawing would substantially erode the income base of vets in California. It is their bread and butter. It feeds them and their families. He does not say this. He is trying to give the impression that their vets are caring gentle souls with a heart!
We do not want to see cats declawed routinely
What codswallop! However, notice that he says “we do not want to see..” He is not saying we don’t do it routinely. In fact it could be argued that this statement implies that it is happening routinely. And it is, 20 million times!
We do believe that it is an option of last resort
Why then is the operation carried out by most of your vets as a routine first option?
We believe that this should be a decision between a cat owner and their veterinarian.
Of course. This way your vets can smooth talk a poor innocent client into having the operation carried out. “It won’t hurt…” Don’t worry..” Blah Blah Blah..
The decision should be made by the professionals
Yes agreed. Unfortunately your vets are not professionals at making decisions that are for the betterment of a cat’s health. Your vets are very professional at making decisions that enlarge their bank balances.
…it should not be made in the City Council chambers
As vets refuse to treat cats properly in compliance with their oath and for cats’ welfare it must fall upon legislative bodies to stop the brutality.
Malibu City Council lacks the balls to do the right thing. Period and they seem to have actually believed Dr. Nunez.