Poster by Ruth

The declawing of any cat in the UK, other than for medical reasons for the cat, would result in the Veterinary Surgeon, his/her assistant at the operation and the owner of the unfortunate cat, all to be arrested for cruelty to animals under what people refer to as the “Pet Welfare law” which came into force in April 2007. This is the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This is one of the best pieces of animal welfare legislation in the world.

They would be liable to a fine of up to £20,000 or to be sentenced to a term in prison for up to one year.

According to the Pet Welfare law all animals are entitled to five freedoms:

1.Freedom from hunger and thirst

2.Freedom from pain,injury and disease

3.Freedom from discomfort (bedding ,temperature, floor surfaces)

4.Freedom to express normal behaviour

5.Freedom from fear and distress

If the USA and Canada had a Pet Welfare law the same as the UK, freedom rule no.2 would be broken as declawing causes cats pain and injury. It can also cause disease in that many declawed cats suffer stress illnesses and painful arthritis.

Freedom rule no. 4 would also be broken as declawed cats are unable to express normal behaviour. Scratching is not bad behaviour, it is necessary behaviour for a cat’s health and fulfillment.

Freedom rule no. 5 would also be broken as cats feel fear when left in places they do not know, with strangers around them. After waking up in pain and shock from declawing they are also distressed.This can not be avoided if the cat needs necessary treatment or surgery at the Veterinarians clinic ,but declawing is not necessary surgery,it is convenience surgery on behalf of the caretaker of the cat.

Three out of five freedoms in the USA and Canada would be broken every day by declawing if they had a Pet Welfare law in those countries to protect animals from abuse.

Cats feel as much pain,fear and distress in those countries as they do in the UK and the other countries where declawing is banned.

Yet this cruel operation is performed daily, millions of cats are suffering, but still it goes on.

For the sake of the cats with the misfortune to be born in those countries where declawing is acceptable, it MUST be banned and soon.

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Sep 29, 2010 So true
by: Leah (England)

Its just unbelievable to be honest. Dog fighting is illegal because its cruel. So how can this mutilation be ok? Oh of course I forgot; its ok because its carried out by butchers disguised as vets. The same vets (oops sorry hypocrites) that take an oath to harm no animal.

You’ve hit the nail on the head, Ruth. If anyone disagrees then what they are saying is that the whole of the UK is wrong oh and of course the other 38 odd countries where its also illegal.

Come on! Its staring everyone in the face! Its cruel and barbaric whichever way you look at it!

Sep 28, 2010 Cruel
by: Anonymous

Yes de-clawing is cruel and hurts cats a lot and I can’t think why people don’t realise that if their own nails were took out at the roots it would feel the same.

Sep 27, 2010 This is true
by: Carol

Declawing is cruel and that’s all there is to it.American vets know it’s cruel but they love dollars so much that they are willing to see cats suffer.
Every vet who declaws should be prosecuted and stopped from pretending to be there to help animals.

Sep 25, 2010 True
by: Kathryn

The poster as usual says it all.How anything classed as a crime in the UK can not be a crime in the USA I don’t know,
I long for the day when the vets,their helpers and the owners of the cats declawed will all be brought to justice.
They know it is cruel and they should be punished right now instead of being allowed to advertise their cruel services.
No matter when declawing stops it will be too late for the cats being abused now and until then.

Sep 25, 2010 Good one Ruth
by: Edward

It baffles me how they think American cats dont feel pain like UK cats.All the people who know how cruel declawing is must count for something,I dont understand how it can keep happening.

Sep 25, 2010 True
by: Rose

Yes it’s true that cats feel as much pain,fear and distress in whichever country they live in so how come this cruelty is allowed to go on in some.
The vets who declaw must know full well how the cats feel going through this yet they choose to ignore the fact.
The more I think about it the more I must agree with eveyone who always says that it’s a sick and disgusting money making racket for the vets and convenience surgery for the lazy cat owners.

Sep 25, 2010 Just so!
by: Barbara

Too true Ruth, you’ve hit the nail on the head again. Cruelty is cruelty the whole world over and dressing it up as kitty manicures or necessary because of babies, elderly skin, antique furniture or dogs noses doesn’t make it any less cruel. If a cat would feel pain and shock in the UK due to being robbed of ten toe ends under a general anaesthetic then you can be damn sure a his US cousin is going to be in equal agony when bundled off to the doctor for surgical adaptation.
The difference must be in the minds of those who have power over cats, there is certainly cruelty to animals in our country and in all countries but I really don’t think anyone here would imagine choosing to have a household cat – but only if parts of it were removed. It’s crazy! It makes no sense. Get a hamster!
What is illegal and termed as an offence against animals in this country surely shouldn’t be accepted, offered and even discounted in the US, or don’t they care about inflicting pain on their trusting animal family-members?

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