Criticising the San Francisco SPCA

Criticising the San Francisco SPCA

by Michael
(London, UK)

I feel justified in criticising the The San Francisco SPCA. They are sitting on the fence big time when it comes to declawing. Declawing is the one subject that requires nothing less than total commitment to stop it and to fight off the wealthy veterinary associations who have become wealthy on the back of the obvious cruelty of declawing.

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The AVMA and the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) are fighting a vigorous campaign on all levels to retain the right to assault cats for no good reason (other than to make bucks for their members and themselves).

The San Francisco SPCA make a “position statement” on their website. If this is a statement intended to declare their position on declawing, I am still wandering around with a map trying to locate it.

I am criticising the The San Francisco SPCA because they are ambivalent on the issue of declawing. This is not a time for ambivalence. And you know what, I just wonder whether they are being influenced by the AVMA. It would not be beyond the bounds of anyone’s imagination to think that AVMA funds the San Francisco SPCA and if that is the case is this the reason why they are shamelessly sitting on the fence? I allege that this could be the case.

The San Francisco SPCA say that they are against declawing. Yet they are also against a ban. Come on! They know that veterinarians cannot be trusted to make proper judgements on the matter of declawing and which are in the interests of the cat. History bears that out very plainly. Millions of cats have been assaulted unnecessarily over the years all because a vet has sold the idea to cat keepers that it is acceptable.

The only way to stop them is to ban it. Declawing is not something that can be left in the hands of a vet. You wouldn’t go to the Iranian government and ask for their advice on the democratic process would you? You would expect a fair trial in Burma would you? So never expect an American vet to provide advice on declawing that is in compliance with their oath or that is morally justified. It doesn’t happen.

For that reason The San Francisco SPCA is wrong when they are saying that declawing should be left in the hands of vets, which is what they are in effect saying.

They justify their hopeless decision by saying that declawing is a way of stopping abandonment of cats. That is poor thinking. Firstly declawing is often a cause of abandonment – the exact opposite. Secondly, if a person who keeps a cat wants to abandon the cat because of its claws the solution is not to brutally assault the innocent cat but to train the person (not the cat incidentally) in how to care for a cat; an animal that has claws that are a vital part of its anatomy.

The San Francisco SPCA have hopelessly missed the fundamental issues and for that reason I am criticising them.

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Oct 03, 2009 Mamon strikes again.
by: Everycat

This is about money, nothing else. Money pure and simple. Wherever you have politicians and businesses involved in anything, it all becomes about money – backhanders, free holidays, a golfing tour, a step up the career ladder, a bill for a veterinary laser to be paid – money, money, money.

It’s also apathy. Owners too ignorant of their animals needs to consider learning, educating themselves. If no one asked for declaw, vets couldn’t be bothered offering it.

Companion Animal care and welfare should be taught in schools in every country of the world. That’s the only place to start a true revolution in humaneness. This is what the SPCA should be doing, not wussing out on what is basically a welfare issue. Someone somewhere at the SPCA is in reciept of a benefit so great, they have been persuaded to back those against the ban. That someone will be high up in the organisation.

The higher up the tree you climb the more we see your arse. Yes SPCA, I mean you.

What good does relying on corporate hypocrites such as the SPCA and the AVMA do? None. Money wins out every single time.

Oct 03, 2009 Exactly right Michael !
by: Ruth aka Kattaddorra

You are so right Michael, I agree with you 100%
This is no time to be sitting on the fence,ALL animal welfare should be firmly on the side of getting declawing banned.
It seems to be more about politics to some people, even anti declaw people are not backing a ban just because it means another law. But so what ? It shouldn’t be about politics, it should be about stopping cats suffering and because the AVMA and Veterinarians don’t consider that, the only way TO stop it is by a ban.

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