Target: Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Protect the cats of the United States from the cruel and outdated practice of declawing
In the last several years, the declawing of cats has proven to be detrimental rather than beneficial. Some cities have outlawed the practice and many animal shelters refuse to perform it anymore, but only California as a full state has issued an active ban.
Declawing used to be seen as a simple procedure–a matter of removing the claws themselves, like an advanced manicure. But in truth, the process is much uglier. The entire front joints of a cat’s paw are removed, which is akin to cutting off the tips of a human’s fingers. The recovery process is painful and can lead to infections, and in the end it accomplishes nothing. It is mutilation, plain and simple, and completely unfounded.
When you adopt a cat, you are adopting all of one, not just the soft and cuddly aspects. Claws may pose a danger to us and to other animals, but amputating twenty limbs from the poor creature is not the answer. There are several alternatives to declawing. Cutting the cat’s nails regularly, scratching posts, and soft plastic nail caps. It is possible to protect yourself and your loved ones from cat scratches without doing permanent harm to the cat itself.
Some have compared declawing to spaying and neutering, considering it only a procedure. But while spaying and neutering have added benefits to the animals, declawing does nothing but cause pain and possible infections. It’s not as simple as giving a manicure, and there is no valid reason to have it done.
Please sign this petition to protect our furry friends from needless amputations and subsequent suffering. Cats deserve better than that.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
Please take steps to enforce a countrywide ban on the declawing of cats. It is a cruel, barbaric and outdated practice, animal shelters refuse to perform the procedure and it has been scientifically and medically proven that it does more harm than good. It is much easier and more humane to buy a scratching post or for owners to cut a cat’s nails themselves.
It’s time to phase out this practice and train our cats to stop scratching in more humane ways. California, certain cities in other states, and many animal shelters have already taken this step, but the first steps need to lead to greater effort.
[Your Name Here]
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