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What DECLAWING entails

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abnormal re-growth of claw
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Deformed toes
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Look at the tips of the two toes closest.  See the tips?   The last joint is displaced--folded under.  Now compare that tip to the third toe (phalanx) which is in the right location.  This is painful, and inhibits walking.  Think of what it would feel like if the last joint of  your toe was folded under. 

 

http://www.declawhallofshame.com/wst_page5.html

Hi, Great website! I want to share a declaw horror story. I own a pet supply retail store in Florida and offer rescue & adoption assistance to nonprofit groups and good Samaritans in the community. Last week, I assisted with a cat who was found lying listlessly on the side of a busy highway. Upon spotting her, a good Samaritan pulled over assuming the cat had been hit by a car. The poor cat just barely lifted her head to greet her rescuer. Meowing piteously and seeming unable to walk, she was obviously in great distress. When her rescuer picked her up, he noticed that her legs, chest and face were covered in blood. He rushed her to a nearby shelter and, after careful examination; the shelter veterinarian announced that the cat was in perfect health expect that she had recently been declawed. We’ll never know the whole story but it seems this poor mutilated creature was so emotionally & physically wounded that she attempted to run away from the trauma and ended up so disoriented and anguished that she just collapsed. The good news is that she was treated for shock and a life-threatening infection and is now on her way to recovery and eventual adoption.

All attempts to locate an owner or the veterinarian who performed the declaw surgery have failed. In her honor, I thought posting her story
here might help save other cats from the horrors of this heartless surgery. Thank you for all you do!

Another tale of remorse 

I adopted a young DSH male who needed a home. He was super affectionate and very friendly. He followed me around the house, slept with me, sat in my lap while I watched TV and wanted to spend all his time with me. Well, I declawed him when he was altered at about 6 or 7 months. He never got over it. He seems to have some sort of nerve problem in one of his front paws in one or more toes. I can tell he hurts. His whole personality has changed! He no longer follows me around and only sleeps with me on a limited basis. He went from being a wonderful pet to simply "being here" without much interaction anymore and all in the past year since his declawing. It was almost instant change! I feel so guilty for having done this to him.

Other countries prohibit this act of cruelty

Switzerland
http://www.animallaw.info/nonus/statutes/stchapa1978.htm

Section 8: Prohibited Practices
Article 22.
2. It is also forbidden:
g. to cut off the claws of cats and other felines, to clip or prick the ears of dogs,

to remove the vocal organs or employ other methods to prevent animals from

giving tongue or reacting to pain in another audible manner;


Austria
http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/erv/erv_2004_1_118.pdf

7. (1) Interventions carried out for other than therapeutic or diagnostic

purposes or for the expert marking of animals in accordance with legal regulations

applicable, are prohibited, in particular
5. Declawing and defanging,

Germany
http://www.animallaw.info/nonus/statutes/stdeawa1998.htm

Article 6
(1) The amputation of all or part of parts of the body or the removal or destruction

of all or parts of organs or tissues of a vertebrate shall be prohibited. This

prohibition shall not apply if:
1. the operation in the specific case
a) is necessary according to veterinary indication...


Sweden
http://www.sweden.gov.se/content/1/c6/02/58/44/53180d5d.pdf
Surgical procedures etc.
Section 10
(1) Animals must not be subjected to surgical procedures or given injections

except where they are necessary for veterinary medical reasons.

The entire list is much longer @ http://www.declawhallofshame.com/wst_page10.html  

Another site with an account of the pain, includes x-ray of the damage the operation can cause at http://www.pawproject.com/html/gallery.asp.  The site supports legislation to ban the practice of declawing. 

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=home has a library of article many by veterinarians on cats. 

Of courts people do to themselves harm for social reasons.  The FDA warning about breast implants with pictures of one that failed (supplied by the FDA) at http://healthfully.org/highinterestmedical/id21.html

 

Most of us have de-sexed animals.  When a woman has her ovaries removed or tied, post-operative opiates are administered.  Don’t animals feel pain!!! 

 

And just as people hunt animals, they murder and go to war.  I understand the cause for Mark Twains’ The Damn Human Race.

Original sin is the difference between your pleasures and my pleasures--BF Skinner