tail docking, ear cropping and declawing are horrid procedures. there is no doubt elective mutilation is completely and totally unacceptable. the above editorial is quite well written, however, there is a bit of inaccurate information, and this is way too important an issue. the historic reasons for tail docking are clouded in myth, no one really knows, the reason listed in the editorial is just one of many. the same for ear cropping. most veterinarians do not make money tail docking. it is not a for profit service but rather a convenience for the family of the animal brought in to be mutilated. i was surprised there was no opinion of tenectomy as an alternative to partial digit amputation. both suck (interestingly there was just a story on npr the other day about circumcision)
Post by CrazyVeggieLover on Jan 31, 2010 4:26:46 GMT
I don't see why the eff it's still legal here in the US to de-claw cats. If I were a vet, I'd refuse to de-claw anyone's cat at all. It's torture.
In my apartment building, our cats are supposed to receive all their shots, get spayed, and be de-clawed. Luckily, the manager doesn't know about Sandy, so she is definitely not getting de-clawed. If she were to try to force us to de-claw her, I would advise my mom to offer putting SoftClaws on her, instead, which aren't nearly as bad as amputating the cat's toes (still not all that great, at least in my opinion.) Plus, the Softclaws don't do any damage at all to furniture or people, so she couldn't complain. She's fine without the Softclaws for now, however. I hope we could find a house someday, so we don't have to worry about this problem.
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