Texas veterinarian declaws ‘quite a few’ raccoons a week

These are pet raccoons. The owners are particularly keen to have their long, non-retractible claws removed on all four paws. Raccoons’ claws are attached to bone like cats. Declawing raccoons is similar to declawing cats.

Declawed raccoon

Safari Animal Care Center in Texas appears to be very profitable and profit motivated. Hence their disregard for the ethical treatment of animals and their eagerness to comply with their clients’ requests to declaw raccoons.

The head vet is Dr Garner who is highly qualified in veterinary surgery but lacks qualifications in ethical behaviour and animal welfare.

When asked if it was okay to declaw raccoons a member of staff replied:

“With everything, some people might not agree, but if you want to home one and make it your baby, it’s ok.”

That sums up the distorted and bizarre viewpoint of this veterinary clinic. They want raccoons to be babies and babies don’t have nasty claws do they?

Pet raccoon of to the vets to be mutilated by her owner and a compliant vet.

Pet raccoon off to the vets to be mutilated by her owner and a compliant vet.

The clinic tried to downplay the operation when asked. They said declawing a raccoon is like removing the nail of a human. They meant that the claw is not attached to bone which is a lie.

Comment: personally it shocks me. Firstly people should not keep raccoons as pets as they are wild animals. Secondly declawing is known to be barbaric and unjustified. It can never be justified unless it is for the health of the animal which is exceedingly rare. This should not be allowed but sadly it is and it happens 3 times a week or about 150 times a year. 150 pet raccoons in agony for the convenience of their owners. I am sure there are similar complications as for cats.

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8 Responses

  1. Jan Griffiths says:

    I do possess exotic animals, but they are ball pythons. If I were to have a raccoon, it would keep its claws as God intended. That’s what nail clippers are made for.

  2. FRANCES A DANNA says:

    Declawing any animal is unethical and totally inhumane. ??

    • Jan Griffiths says:

      Agreed. This mutilation needs to be stopped. I will never have a declawed animal, unless medically necessary, such as with a polydactyl cat I had that had a “super claw”, which was growing into the side of another toe. I had just that claw removed. Same with tail docking, ear cropping, and devoicing of dogs. All unnecessary.

  3. Albert Schepis says:

    This so cruel. If this is what you need to do to an animal to make it a pet, it’s too much. If the animal has to be confined to a habitat especially for it’s entire life, the habitat should be adapted to accommodate it, not mutilate the animal to fit it’s environment.

  4. M E King says:


    People who take wild animals or feel the need to purchase exotic pets from breeders of wild animals are not normal. Fascination with a wild animal should not lead to them being captives for human egos. This was quite common growing up in the midwest someone grabbing a baby raccoon and trying to make a pet of it. Declawed or not they bite and even the one that was fixed became more and more aggressive as he aged. Wild animals tend to do well with humans until they reach an age of sexual maturity when their natural instincts take priority. Declawing a raccoon might stop some behaviors but not the instinct to bite when feeling cornered. Many reach 15-20 lbs and can do considerable damage to you or other pets. Pound for pound they have the body strength to do significant damage to someone.


    • Michael Broad says:

      Thanks ME. Some humans are fascinated with possessing exotic animals. And they possess them as if they possess a fancy car or a new 45 inch television. Humans have to change their ways. This is one of their bad behaviors.

  5. M E King says:

    The world is insane.

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