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Spaying and neutering is ethical while declawing is not — 2 Comments

  1. “With respect to declawing, as mentioned, is impossible to escape the conclusion that it is a cruel, abusive operation carried out solely for the benefit of unkind people who want the cat to fit into their world while disregarding natural behaviour, pain and suffering, discomfort and in more occasions than they care to consider, long-term complications due to botched surgery. It is unquestionably unethical.“

    This is a rather strong statement to make, especially when you have cited no peer reviewed research to support your argument. In addition to that you mention selective breeding which is not relevant to the conversation. Declawing does not artificially select for genes that will be propagated in offspring, it simply removes a physical trait i.e., phenotypic change not genotypic.

    Lastly the argument of spaying and neutering to the benefit of the animal is not exactly consistent. You are correct to say that spaying reduces gynecological-related disease in female cats. This could very well be said for a woman after removing her uterus, it’s quite obvious she won’t suffer from uterine cancer if there is no uterus. But perhaps she loses her ability to ovulate and enters menopause. Some would argue that this is most beneficial to the cat. You state that neutered cats are more oriented to the company of people. Well this argument can certainly be made for declawing as well. Where is the data supporting the more than occasional botched surgery with long term complications?

    Your position appeals to emotion rather than reason. I suggest you read data on cat euthanasia in countries that do not declaw. Also your generalizations about those who advocate for declawing is flat out wrong. Unkind people don’t declaw cats, they just don’t adopt them. For someone who says they’re a pragmatist your tone reflects that of an elitist.

    • **typo correction

      But perhaps she loses her ability to ovulate and enters menopause. Some would argue that this is NOT beneficial to the cat.

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