At council hearings where the subject of banning declawing has been debated, veterinarians represented by the AVMA, have insisted that they declaw cats because it prevents owners abandoning their cats. The argument is that owners have problems with their cats’ claws because of scratched furniture and scratched granny and so on. These owners want to get rid of their cat and decide with the collusion of their veterinarian to declaw the animal instead. Even if the reasoning were true it’d be pathetic. These people should not have cats. The veterinarians are saying declawing does some good. OMG this is a weird and sad way of thinking.
The truth is that it is all a fiction. The vets are desperate to justify the unjustifiable. They are desperate to find a reason why they mutilate kittens at the behest of their cruel clients. So they came up with the “we save cats lives” argument.
We know their pathetic argument is untrue because in 8 Californian cities1 declawing has been banned. All eight cities banned declawing during October to December of 2009. Therefore we have some history to call upon to see what happens when cat declawing ceases in an area.
Seven of the eight cities or towns where declawing has been banned have provided reports to the Humane Society of America. The Daily Beast has seen these reports.
Each report tells us that there has been a decrease in the number of cats abandoned (relinquished) to shelters since the bans took effect.
In Los Angeles the decrease in relinquishments is down by 43 percent. The reports clearly indicate that not being able to declaw your cat does not lead to more cats being abandoned2. This totally and fatally undermines the veterinarians main argument as to why they declaw.
Okay, we knew the argument was rubbish anyway but it is nice to have confirmation.
We also know that vets declaw for money. There are an estimated 21.6 million declawed cats in the USA. This figure may be too low. Even if it is correct, if it costs say $100 to declaw that makes 2.16 billion dollars of revenue from legalised mutilation of domestic cats and kittens. Bizarre, right?
Whenever you hear a vet say he has to declaw because the owner plans to get rid of her cat, remember this page.
Also remember that if a cat owner wants to get rid of her cat because of the cat’s claws, guess what? She should never have a cat in the first place.
Note 1: West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Beverley Hills, Berkley, Culver City and Burbank.
Note 2: Obviously the reasons for cat abandonment is complex and not solely dependent on a cat’s claws and scratching but vets would have us believe that there’d be a massive increase in cats being dumped at shelters in the eight cities mentioned above; not the case.
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