American Humane, Please Completely Condemn Declawing!

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Dear American Humane,

 We, the undersigned, ask you (AmericanHumane.org) to completely condemn declawing.

By doing so, you will be protecting the interest of cats instead of protecting the interests of declawing veterinarians.

Thank you,

City the Kitty and supporters

Please send a polite email to American Humane and ask them why they won't completely condemn declawing. info@americanhumane.org

Let us know what they say to you . Citythekitty@gmail.com

This is what American Humane says in their position statement on their website,"American Humane recognizes that scratching is a natural behavior of cats, and that cats may be defenseless without use of their claws if they, intentionally or unintentionally, go outdoors. American Humane perceives the declawing of cats (onychectomy) and the severing of digital tendons (tendonectomy) to be elective surgical procedures, which are without benefit to the cat. Because of postoperative discomfort and pain and potential behavioral or physical effects, American Humane condemns declawing or tendonectomy surgery when it is performed solely for the convenience of the guardian.

People who have a cat that is declawed, or who are considering having a cat declawed, are not necessarily inhumane and may make excellent guardians. However, because the act is irreversible, every effort should be made to explore alternatives to this procedure. Scratching damage to household furnishings can be minimized or avoided by routine clipping of the cat’s claws, using claw covers, or redirecting the cat’s activity to acceptable surfaces. If you have tried all alternatives to solve destructive scratching problems, it is better to declaw the animal than abandon it." https://www.americanhumane.org/position-statement/declawing-cats/

Also here is another section on their website that has solutions for cat scratching. https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/scratching/?fbclid=IwAR0FYuF78elcy7-dYyZKPI5wJZfbP-rSGK05Ofbpicg7YjpN6CpWT06TTxw

Why in the world would American Humane say, "it is better to declaw the animal than abandon it." and condone performing this inhumane and mutilating amputation procedure, when there are ALWAYS humane options?

Declawing is performed routinely in most veterinary practices in America. Declawing is always inhumane and harmful to the long term health and well-being of cats.

Thousands of declawed cats are sitting in American shelters after their selfish and cruel owners ABANDONED them because of the behavioral issues they developed from having their toe bones and claws barbarically amputated.

Many of these declawed cats are euthanized because they can't find new homes.

Here is a paragraph from VCA's declawing position after they announced that they will stop declawing in all of their hospitals in February 2020.

"Studies have shown that if an owner is intolerant of a cat scratching the couch, it is likely that same owner would be intolerant of the cat not using the litter box or beginning to bite harder and with increased frequency. Why do cats stop using the litter box and begin to bite? When a cat comes home from having the declaw surgery, that cat might go to use the litter box and find the experience very painful to its recently amputated toe nubs, and then might subsequently decide never to use the box again. That same cat might also begin to bite because it feels that is the only way it can protect itself. Most owners won’t insist on declawing their cat if they understand that declawing is linked to other, far worse, behavior problems than the scratching ever was.
It is a common misconception among veterinary professionals that scratching behavior is one of the most common reasons for relinquishment of cats to shelters. Our experience and that of shelter operators has taught us differently. Other problems, house soiling and aggression, are listed as the top two behavioral reasons cats lose their homes. Scratching behavior is far down the list, right next to reasons like the cat requires too much attention, and scratching is rarely a reason given for relinquishment." VCA hospitals.  Link to the story about VCA stopping declawing and their position statement. http://citythekitty.org/vca-animal-hospitals-stopped-declawing/

Declawing is inhumane, barbaric, mutilating, and WRONG. It is animal cruelty!

Cats deserve better.

It's time for you to live up to your name American Humane.

We will celebrate your bravery in leading the way to a better world for cats.

Know the truth - http://citythekitty.org/declawing-facts-vs-myths-humane-options/

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