This is a news video about attempts to get declawing banned in the state of Colorado, USA. I am very pleased to see this video. I have difficulty in watching it – but people should! – because you’ll see some cats disabled by declawing. I couldn’t watch it all but please do watch it all.
For me, it is the follow up to the the Pine Grove Animal Hospital, Colorado story. The hospital stopped declawing. This is part of a campaign to stop declawing in Colorado instigated by the release of the new Paw Project movie. It is being screened at the Denver Film Society’s cinema.
Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo DVM heads the Colorado branch of the Paw Project and wants a ban in Colorado. Obviously, I love to see American vets speaking about declawing in this way; criticising it and saying how painful it is, how it can leave cats disabled (there are some disabled cats in the video) with behavioral problems and how it is unjustified. Dr. Lavizzo makes the startling statement that half the cats in shelters are there because of behavioral problems. Is that correct?
Lavizzo discloses that vets are reluctant to discuss the behavioral problems that results from declawing. This is a terrible admission and shows how cynical and distanced from their oath some vets are.
It must be difficult for a vet to speak out like this. I wonder if he is ostracized by other vets. I am sure that lots of Colorado vets want to shut him up.
We must pray that something big happens. A ban beyond municipalities (eight Calif cities have banned it – Santa Monica is one of them) to a state-wide ban in Colorado would be wonderful and might start a domino effect.
My thanks to Dorothy for showing me this video.