“AVMA…I RESIGN.” ONE VET TAKES A STAND ON DECLAWING


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“AVMA…I RESIGN.” ONE VET TAKES A STAND ON DECLAWING.
THE PAW PROJECT·TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
Some no-declaw vets may remain members of the AVMA and try to effect change from the inside. For other veterinarians, the AVMA’s position on declawing is intolerable. Here is a letter from one of them.
Jan 29, 2018
American Veterinary Medical Association
Dear Colleagues,
I am writing this letter to explain why I can no longer be a member of the AVMA….
It is time to take a stronger stand against the inhumane and cruel declawing of cats in the United States. As evidence of long-term consequences of an onychectomy becomes more widely known, many veterinarians are choosing not to declaw. However, I stand with Britain, Australia and most European nations who have outlawed declawing. I believe that the United States must join these nations and institute a nation-wide declawing ban.
The AVMA’s current position does not call for its members to eliminate this procedure nor does it state any plan to phase it out. This is unacceptable to me. As leaders and representatives of our profession, I implore you to take a strong stand against this cruel and unnecessary mutilation and begin the process to eliminate declawing in the United States.
Until such time the AVMA comes out strongly against declawing, I cannot in good conscience maintain membership.
Sincerely.
Karel Carnohan, DVM

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PAW PROJECT RESPONSE TO COLORADO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S SUPPORT OF DECLAWING

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PAW PROJECT RESPONSE TO COLORADO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S SUPPORT OF DECLAWING
THE PAW PROJECT·SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association opposes the proposed Denver Anti-Declaw ordinance. Here’s what they say (with our responses in CAPS and BOLD):
CVMA: We support the principle that complex veterinary decisions rightfully belong in the domain of the owner and the veterinarian. We support owners and veterinarians having well-informed discussions and making thoughtful, appropriate decisions about declawing.

WHY DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE A “CHOICE” TO PERFORM A PROCEDURE THAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE “UNNECESSARY,” “INHUMANE,” AND A “MUTILATION” BY YOUR WELL-EDUCATED VETERINARY COLLEAGUES IN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD?
CVMA: We support vigorous education of cat owners and landlords about non-surgical ways to manage scratching.

PLEASE SHOW US HOW YOU ARE ENSURING THAT THIS IS DONE IN COLORADO. WE CAN GIVE YOU MANY EXAMPLES OF HOW YOUR MEMBERS WILL DECLAW CATS, ON DEMAND, WITHOUT EVEN A CONSULTATION.

CVMA: We support the continuing, dramatic decline in declawing – which nowadays is rarely offered in a “spay/neuter package”

PLEASE PROVIDE US EVIDENCE OF DECLINE IN DECLAWING. ALL CURRENT PUBLISHED EVIDENCE IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS SHOW THERE HAS NOT BEEN A DECREASE. THIS IS A QUOTE FROM A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE JOURNAL, VETERINARY ANAESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA, “Based on the results of this study, the percentage of cats seen in veterinary practices that have been declawed has changed little in the past decade.”
CVMA: We support the use of modern surgical methods, advanced equipment, and effective pain management in all veterinary procedures

THIS MISSES THE POINT COMPLETELY. THE EFFECTS OF DECLAWING ARE LIFELONG AND INDEPENDENT OF TECHNIQUE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT USED. RESEARCH BY DR. NICOLE MARTELL-MORAN PUBLISHED IN THE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL OF FELINE MEDICINE AND SURGERY EARLIER THIS YEAR, CONCLUDED: “Declawing increases the risk of long-term or persistent pain, manifesting as unwanted behaviors such as inappropriate elimination (soiling/urinating outside of the litter box) and aggression/biting. This is not only detrimental to the cat (pain is a major welfare issue and these behaviors are common reasons for relinquishment of cats to shelters) but also has health implications for their human companions, as cat bites can be serious.”

DR. ROBIN DOWNING, A COLORADO VETERINARIAN AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT IN PAIN MANAGEMENT STATES, “… we know from pain physiology that when we sever a nerve there is a very high risk of creating an ongoing, self-perpetuating pain state called “neuropathic pain”. … we know quite well the unremitting torture they endure each and every day – – tingling, burning, electric-like pulsed pain, pins and needles. We also know … Feline toe amputation forever alters the biomechanics of the cat’s feet, as well as the rest of the body. When a cat is subjected to toe amputation, in addition to having the last bone of the toe removed, all of the surrounding tendons and ligaments that attach to that bone are severed. This changes the architecture of the feet, thus changing the biomechanics of how the feet work.”
CVMA: We support the use of data and research for thoughtful, effective animal welfare policymaking
THEN PLEASE RESPOND TO THE DATA WE HAVE PROVIDED, AND PLEASE SHOW US DATA (YOU HAVE NOT…BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXIST) THAT PROVES DECLAWING IS A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT THAT IS BENEFICIAL TO CATS.

CVMA: And finally, we support the human-animal bond, through which people and animals experience the unique joys and benefits of these special relationships
WE DO NOT THINK THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND IS ENHANCED IN ANY WAY BY DECLAWING. WE DO NOT BELIEVE DECLAWING SAFE CATS FROM BEING RELINQUISHED AND KILLED IN SHELTERS. A DECLAW BAN HAS BEEN IN EFFECT IN LOS ANGELES SINCE 2009. LOS ANGELES, WITH A POPULATION OF 4 MILLION, IS THE SECOND LARGEST CITY IN THE US. THE GENERAL MANAGER OF LOS ANGELES ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BRENDA BARNETTE, IS A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF DECLAW BANS AND WRITES, “Opponents to anti-declaw legislation often speculate there will be a deluge of cats coming into the public shelter system if legal declawing is not available. This emotional claim is not supported by the hard statistics gathered by the Los Angeles Animal Services Department”, WHICH FOUND A 43.3% REDUCTION IN OWNER-SURRENDERED CATS TO THE CITY SHELTERS WHEN COMPARING THE FIVE YEARS BEFORE AND THE FIVE YEARS AFTER THE DECLAW BAN WENT INTO EFFECT. IN THE OTHER CITIES WITH DECLAW BANS, REDUCTIONS OF CAT RELINQUISHMENT TO THE SHELTERS WAS ALSO SEEN, WITH FIGURES RANGING FROM 6.5% TO 38.8%. IN THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME, LOS ANGELES SAW ITS CAT ADOPTION RATE NEARLY DOUBLE. MS. BARNETTE SAYS, “I attribute the decrease in relinquishment … of cats to our shelters to the decrease in behavior problems, particularly biting and litter box avoidance, that are widely recognized to be reasons for cats to be surrendered to shelters. We at Los Angeles Animal Services Department strongly believe that a ban on declawing saves the lives of cats.”
SARAH SWANTY, CAWA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FORT COLLINS CAT RESCUE STATES, “One piece of data that I do think is very important is that in over 14,000 adoptions by FCCRSNC over the last 11.5 years, my staff can’t seem to remember more than one cat being returned to our shelter because the owner didn’t have the option to declaw (our adoption contract states that they cannot declaw). If this were an issue at the level the opposition is presenting it to be, we would have regular returns of cats because the adopter wants to declaw and we won’t let them.”
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, please do the right and humane thing…be on the right side of history…support this ordinance.

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CASSANDRA CAT HAS A MESSAGE FOR THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

My name is Cassandra Cat, I have been front declawed ten years ago. My previous owners dumped me into the woods because I started to bite them. My paws have nerve damage and are always numb. I shake them all the time. I wake up from my naps because I hiss and growl in my sleep. I have nightmares all the time, flashbacks of my declawing. A veterinarian who does not declaw cannot examine my paws unless they medicate me, I may have bone fragments in my paws from a botched declaw. The veterinarian said she did not want to put me through medication, X-rays, possible correction surgery because it would traumatize me further. She used to declaw many years ago and stopped. I take herbal medications daily for my mental instability and pain. I will never forget laying on the operating table while each of my toes were being amputated. I heard the snap, and saw my claws on the table next to me. It wasthe most horrible experience, I cried and cried and no one heard me. Did I tell you there is NOT a strong enough medication in the entire WORLD that can quench the pain of having bone amputated? I bite my new owner, she cannot pet me or brush me. She can give me a bath, the warm spray from the shower head feels good on my arthritic back; declawed cats walk unnaturally as the entire skeletal system is out of whack and causes arthritis. Try walking without much needed toes, cats walk on their toes. I am extremely heartbroken humans have done this to me. I cannot knead, climb, hunt, and I never purr.

Declawing is a major orthopedic operation, it is amputation of the third distal phalanx toe bone and was marketed by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1952; using furniture/skin as a selling tool because veterinarians needed extra cash to pay off their huge college loans. Declawing does not benefit a cat, there are no pros, only cons, do the research. The pros of declawing are for veterinarians only, as I have mentioned. Most veterinarians who declaw train their receptionists to promote declawing with the spay/neuter, have discount coupons, never explain the long term detrimental side effects, have expensive lasers to pay for. A declawing can go up to $900, it depends on how good the veterinarian is with marketing. Or it can go as low as $100, it depends on what back alley discount spay/neuter butcher shop is used. Most pet parents, once they learn what onychectomy REALLY is and who are not lied to about the procedure, will refuse to declaw. Some pet parents are lied to and told declawing is a simple surgery, the pain goes away after several days. No More Excuses! Do your own research! That’s what the Internet is for, a vast library full of scientific information about the procedure! Read the NEW peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery-Pain and Adverse Behavior in Declawed Cats 6/2017, Google it. It was done by ethical veterinarians who do not declaw (The Paw Project) and you WILL NOT find this study in the AVMA’s journals because they want to continue to have their veterinarian members declaw to pay off their college debts.

The American Veterinary Medical Association @AVMAVets, American Animal Hospital Association @AAHAHealthypet and American Association of Feline Practitioners @CatVets all do nothing to stop declawing, their declaw ‘policies’ are useless. They could care less their animal abusing members cash in on claws. The AVMA promotes declawing at their ‘accredited’ colleges, they hold declaw wet-labs around the country, and the other two associations mentioned participate. I will say there ARE ethical veterinarians who do not declaw that belong to one or all of the above. I give the Paw Project an honorable mention, they have banned declawing in eight California cities and their members perform paw-repair surgery on deformed and mutilated declawed paws which their ‘colleagues’ declawed.

A NOTE TO VETERINARIANS: Who promote declawing with coupons, discounts, and verbally: You should have your fingers axed and be prosecuted to the fullest in a court of law, then in prison for LIFE for animal abuse. You declaw 5,000 cats a day and never blink an eye, sick psychopaths. Monsters.

AVMA/AAHA/AAFP: Why do you exist? You are nothing but greedy blood sucking corporations that use your members for their dues only, you give them nothing back. AVMA is always pushing for more veterinarians when the market is already over-loaded, there is a vet on every street corner, like McDonalds, most are in debt and use declawing as another income source because they are in competition with each other. 4,000 vets graduate yearly and are forced to join corporate hospitals and are forced to declaw to meet the monthly quota OR they are out of a job. So, I wonder WHY THE DEPRESSION in the veterinary field is so high. Stop using cyber-bullying when people speak up about declawing, COWARDS. Cowards harm innocent, once healthy animals. How do you sleep at night? I hope your dreams, from this day forward, are nightmares with cat’s scratching out your eyes continuously. See how YOU LIKE having nightmares every night like I do.

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