Strong words. Are they accurate? The word ‘evil’ means ‘profoundly immoral and wicked’. There is no doubt in my mind that to unnecessarily amputate the tips of ten toes, for the cat owner’s convenience, is wicked especially as it is done by a professional, educated person who should know better and who has sworn an oath to only act in the best interests of the cat’s health and welfare. These ‘doctors’ would be criminals in jail in many countries.
Declawing is so profoundly against all that a veterinarian should stand for that, in this context, it is wicked.
To try and justify it, is also wicked. Representatives of veterinarians argue that declawing should not be banned. They say the client should have the choice. Wrong. Many vets don’t try and dissuade clients against declawing and many cat owners are ignorant of what declawing is and its consequences. Vets should simply refuse to do it. It should not be on their radar. It should not exist as an operation.
Animal doctors that declaw say that they have to do it because, if they refuse, their client will go to another vet who will do it. Therefore, they argue, the vet is not evil. Wrong. This is an admission of failure. It is an admission that there are too many vets who declaw without resistance and as a normal operation. It is moral turpitude. Where is the backbone of vets? If all North American vets refused to declaw, which should be the norm, clients would have to abandon the idea of declawing their cats. Vets could be proud of their profession again.
When they started to declaw cats, evil entered the veterinary profession in North America. It is a poison within the profession. It dramatically lowers the status of North American veterinarians in the eyes of the world. It undermines their self-worth. Europeans looking in see something unfathomable. It is incomprehensible. In fact the majority of Europeans had not heard of declawing cats until they looked to North America. A nasty vet in the 1950s introduced the concept and against all odds it stuck and became a mainstream operation. Shame on the vets, driven by financial profit, who allowed this to happen.
Strong words. They have to be. They match the gravity, the immorality, the wickedness of this veterinary operation.
I wrote this for CASSANDRA~WANTSCLAWS.
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