Ban Declawing in Manitoba
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End the inhumane practice of declawing cats.
How would you feel if someone cut off the tips of your fingers? Probably not very well. You could have nerve damage, bone fragments imbedded in the remainder of your digits, and have difficulty performing tasks that used to be second nature to you. This is what many cats endure due to declawing.
For many misinformed people, declawing means nothing more than saving some furniture. However, for cats, declawing can mean a lifetime of pain or discomfort, obesity, biting, unwillingness to use the litter box, the inability to properly protect themselves from predators, or homelessness due to the bad behaviours brought on by declawing.
Painful paws can make cats unwilling to touch rough textures such as litter. Lack of claws for protection can lead to biting humans and other animals. Both of these bad habits contribute to animals being let loose/abandoned or surrendered to the pound. Many declawed cats who end up in the pound are unfairly euthanized because of bad habits that could have been prevented.
Declawing has been banned in many countries throughout Europe and South America, as well as Australia and New Zealand. A handful of states in the U.S. and a few provinces in Canada have joined in on banning declawing. Let’s add Manitoba to the growing and long-overdue list of provinces banning such a horrific practice.
Instead of declawing an animal who doesn’t have a choice in the matter, better educate people on the risks associated with the surgery, the toll it takes on the animal, and teach people ways to safely train cats not to scratch. Education and understanding is key.
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