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Will Women Veterinarians Stop the Declawing of Cats In the USA?

Will Women Veterinarians Stop the Declawing of Cats In the USA?

It seems that I have an old-fashioned view point that women are nurturers and men are hunters.  I had thought that that approach to life was genetically programmed into us.  And if it is, it must be very difficult for a female veterinarian to remove the top of the 10 toes of the front paws of a cat when the operation carries no benefit whatsoever for the cat and is done solely for the benefit of the cat's owner and on her instructions.

If a person is a nurturer they want to nurture!  They want to nourish the person or animal or baby.  They want to make sure that the patient is cared for well and gets better.  They want to help the patient if the nurturer is a veterinarian.  This should be hardwired into the brain of a female veterinarian.  But apparently not.

Despite the fact that 50% of American veterinarians are women there has been no impact upon the number of cats declawed in America.  It appears that female veterinarians have exactly the same attitude to declawing as male veterinarians which is to make money out of it.

I understand the pressure that veterinarians are under.  Training to become a veterinarian is extremely expensive which means that student veterinarians acquire lots of debt which has to be paid off which in turn means they have to make as much money as possible when they qualify.  Is this right though?  Is it right that a veterinarian should be motivated by money?

Clearly a veterinarian should not be motivated by money but by caring for a patient in the best way possible.  Therefore, the training of veterinarians highly compromises the attitude of a veterinarian once qualified.  In fact the expense of training is such that the American vet has to tear up his or her oath in order to make financial ends meet.

If we agree that being a female vet does not in any way protect the domestic cat from being declawed and if we agree that the reason for this is because of the expense of training, I think that people in authority should look at the expense of training.  Can it be reduced?   Are there too many vets chasing too little work making the profession over competitive leading to unnecessary operations and vaccinations?

I had thought, perhaps naïvely, that female veterinarians would put a brake on the declawing of cats in America but I'm told that money overrules any innate genetic motivation which makes a woman and nurturer.


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