Ban Declawing in Iowa

Ban Declawing in Iowa

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Zoami Calles-Rios Sosa started this petition to Iowa State House and

Declawing cats is inhumane and cruel. We should not be declawing our cats just to save our furniture. I understand the argument that in order for a cat to stay at a home, it needs to be declawed...but I don't agree with it. Is providing shelter a good trade for mutilation? Would you cut off all the fingertips of both your hands just to keep a roof over your head and food in the table? I think that's a harsh tradeoff.

Cats are not like us. They walk on their paws and need their claws to stretch and exercise certain muscles. Without that, they just don't have a way to do so. Imagine the feeling of wanting to touch something with your fingertips but never being able to do so even tho you know what it's like?

"Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's 'toes'. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing." Christianne Schelling, DVM

Here is a link to learning more about declawing.

Many countries have already called declawing out for what it is...an atrocious and horrendous mutilation of an animal. It's unnecessary and inhumane.

England
Scotland
Wales
Italy
Austria
Switzerland
Norway
Sweden
Ireland
Denmark
Finland
Slovenia
Brazil
Australia
New Zealand
Serbia
Montenegro
Macedonia
Slovenia
France
Germany
Bosnia
Malta
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Portugal
Belgium
Israel

But only New York has made it official in the United States.

Please help spread the word of how bad declawing is! I know a lot of people don't even believe in this practice so why not make it official? Our fur babies deserve so much better.

--Zoami

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