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« on: March 04, 2019, 12:14:32 PM »

California could soon take a big step to protect cats from being declawed with legislation that would make it illegal statewide.

The bill (AB 1230), which was just introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, would make declawing illegal, unless it’s medically necessary to treat an underlying condition.

Declawing has remained a controversial topic among vets, animal advocates and cat owners, but the fact remains that it isn’t a simple procedure that merely removes a cat’s nails.

The procedure, which is formally known as an onychectomy, involves surgically removing the last bone in a cat’s toe to which the nail is attached.

“Declawed cats can suffer long-term physical complications as a result of declawing – it’s not just a fancy manicure. It’s painful, unnecessary, and needs to stop,” said Assembly member Quirk. “…

When this bill becomes law, only licensed veterinarians performing the procedure for specific therapeutic purposes will legally be able to declaw a cat, saving them from a life time of pain and possible lameness.”

Some supporters continue to argue that this surgery helps keep cats in homes, but declawed cats still end up in shelters, and contrary to that argument in the eight cities in California that have banned declawing, the number of cats being surrendered has actually gone down.

Full details here:

https://www.care2.com/causes/california-could-soon-make-declawing-cats-illegal.html

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 12:03:24 PM »

Montreal SPCA wants a ban on declawing cats
 
The Montreal SPCA is inviting the public to join it in urging the Quebec Order of Veterinarian to ban declawing of cats.

Already, more than thirty countries and jurisdictions around the world no longer allow this practice, which many consider cruel and unjustifiable. In 2018, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island have all banned the surgery, and other provinces, including Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick will be doing so shortly.
 
Will Quebec join the movement?

A survey of Quebec veterinarians suggests the majority are in favor of a ban.

The survey taken by the Order shows 61 per cent think there should be a ban.

That figure rises to 88 per cent among vets under the age of 30.

"the term 'declawing' is misleading because the surgery in question consists in completely amputating of the third phalanx of each of a cat’s toes," the text of the SPCA's petition reads.

 "It would be the equivalent, for a human, of having the last knuckle removed from all ten fingertips!"

https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?u=cf93b480c7ba5f24212534f97&id=5cd6feb3f3&e=54cc62



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