calico wrote:I'm not a fan of declawing. But sadly to some cats, if they're not declawed, they end up dropped off at the nearest shelter to be put down.
VeganLu wrote:calico wrote:I'm not a fan of declawing. But sadly to some cats, if they're not declawed, they end up dropped off at the nearest shelter to be put down.
If I was a cat, I would rather be put down at the shelter than have my claws removed.
Moral, Ethical and Humane Considerations
The veterinary justification for declawing is that the owner may otherwise dispose of the cat, perhaps cruelly. It is ethically inappropriate, in the long term, for veterinarians to submit to this form of moral blackmail from their clients.
"The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights is opposed to cosmetic surgeries and to those performed to correct 'vices.' Declawing generally is unacceptable because the suffering and disfigurement it causes is not offset by any benefits to the cat. Declawing is done strictly to provide convenience for people. The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR)
Some veterinarians have argued that some people would have their cats killed if declawing was not an option. We should not, however, allow ourselves to taken 'emotional hostage' like this. If a person really would kill her or his cat in this case, it is reasonable to question the suitability of that person as a feline guardian, especially when there are millions of non-declawed cats living in harmony with people."
Most people are vehemently opposed to declawing due to a combination of reasons: 1) because the end (owner convenience) doesn't justify the means (causing unnecessary pain to the cat); 2) because other, less harmful alternatives to declawing exist and 3) because claws are part of the nature or "catness" of cats. Overall, the view is that it is ethically inappropriate to remove parts of an animal's anatomy, thereby causing the animal pain, merely to fit the owner's lifestyle, aesthetics, or convenience without any benefit to the cat. It should be emphasized that "most people" includes virtually the entire adult population of Europe and many other countries around the world.
VeganLu wrote:To Long Dogs: Here you go. Catt Queen posted a quote from the organization I was telling you about (great group of vets that are just like you), and I found out they joined forces with HSUS. They used to be under their own website as AVAR.org. But now you can find them at this website: http://www.hsvma.org/.
Catt Queen wrote: If I was a cat, I would rather be put down at the shelter than have my claws removed.
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