Nova Scotia Veterinarians Decide Declawing is Alright

In October 2013, I reported that the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association were debating whether to ban the declawing of cats by changing their code of ethics. If they did, would it have actually stopped them declawing? I am not sure because these associations have little authority it seems to me.

Anyway, the bad news is the predictable news; the esteemed senior veterinarians of Canada decided it was OK to partially amputate the toes of a cat for the convenience of the owner. I am not surprised one bit. In fact the vote was predictable.

We are told that 34 vets votes against the ban. Eight voted for the ban. If the vote is representative of Canadian veterinarians it means that almost a quarter of Canadian vets are for banning declawing in Canada. In the parlance of football coaches we can take some positives from that!

They also voted to form a committee to further study the issue - a big joke to be frank. What do they need to study? Declawing for non-therapeutic purposes is obviously wrong on common sense principles and it is already in breach of their oath yet they still vote for it.

There is one glimmer of light at the end of the long tunnel in the campaign against declawing.
One of the vets, Dr Chisholm, who is firmly against declawing and who stopped in the early 1990s says:
"It's a barbaric mutilation that does nothing to benefit the cat...It is something that should become history. It is an embarrassment to our profession". 
Dead right it is an embarrassment to the profession. Clearly most members of the veterinary profession are thick skinned and able to shrug off the embarrassment.

The other "positive" to take from this waste of time of a meeting is that Dr Ross Ainslie has decided to stop declawing cats. What is remarkable about it is that he has been a veterinarian for 60 years. It is never to late to see the light, the light of a new way and a more moral way.

Dr Ainslie's change of heart is an example of how long the process will take to change the intransigent and profit-orientated opinions of veterinarians who can't really care about the health and welfare of their patients.

Source story.

Comments

  1. What a disappointment that 34 vets were against a ban and only 8 for it. But at least those 8 must not be declawing and that's a step forward, they are setting a good example. I think if America eventually bans declawing, Canada is sure to follow.

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    1. The number who voted against a ban is a large percentage but I think it is an improvement when you consider that 95% or more American vets declaw cats. We live in home that there are signs of a gradual change in opinion. But the study to look at declawing is idiotic.

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    2. Or they could just do what I've used in the past, using a high-powered laser to instantly and painlessly blind any free roaming cat to make it easier to shoot them dead the next time they were spotted. MUCH more humane than declawing to stop them from senselessly torturing any more animals to death if they are allowed to roam free. YOUR CHOICE! Do you want a blind cat or dead cat? Let us all know, as I've already taught the whole world how to blind your vermin cats for you if you are so criminally negligent to let the roam-free with as much value as yesterday's trash.

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    3. let the roam-free = let THEM roam-free

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    4. Hi Jimbo. I hope you had a fun day trolling. It is hard work though isn't? Not much time for anything constructive.

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    5. Au contraire mon idiot. Check the posting date (March 2011). For just one example of thousands.

      blogs D0T discovermagazine D0T com SLASH 80beats/2011/03/21/cute-but-deadly-cats-are-a-far-bigger-threat-to-u-s-birds-than-windmills/

      Scroll down to the post starting with, "If you don't live in an area where a firearm can be discharged legally..." for how to modify an inexpensive 4$-$7 laser-pointer to do what needs doing.

      That information has been passed around to thousands of pages online. Long before I ever found your sorry-assed misinformation site.

      This probably accounts for why there are so many more cats staying near their feeding dishes -- and walking into walls today.

      If YOU don't want to take care of your cat in the manner that YOU see fit, then I guarantee you there are hundreds more people than you who could care less about your vermin garbage-cats and will take care of your cat in the manner that THEY see fit.

      Your choice!

      Love 'em or lose 'em!

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    6. It's losers like you that are a disgrace to the human race. Why don't you put your lip over your head and swallow? Moron.

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    7. Response to Nature Advocate (Jimbo - Woody): If my site presents misinformation then all the websites about cats present misinformation because what I state is very similar to what other respected websites say. That puts you out on a limb Jimbo.

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    9. With more and more people referring to their pets as their “babies”, their “children” their “fur-kids”, I say we hold them to the sentiment. We would never advocate or leave up to individual preference the maiming, hobbling or other mutilation of someones human “babies” or “skin-kids” in order deal with some destructive, damaging, annoying behavior. So why is it okay for this to be carried out upon one’s self proclaimed “fur-kids”? Seems to me anyone who would de-claw their feline “babies”, willfully mutilate and cause suffering so horrible and far reaching to their “children” in the name of some inanimate bunch of cloth and stuffing to sit their fat asses on, may not truly feel pretty sentiments they’ve been spouting. BUT IT’S HIGH TIME WE MADE THEM LIVE UP TO THOSE WORDS REGARDLESS OF THEIR INSINCERITY! WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO MAKE SURE NO CAT IS EVER MUTILATED AND TORTURED WITH THE DE CLAWING PROCEDURE AGAIN…WE MUST BAN THIS PROCEDURE COMPLETELY, PASS A LAW DETERMINING IT TO BE ANIMAL ABUSE AND THERE BY A FELONY.

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    10. The point you make has always struck me as mad too. Cat owners who say their cat is "one of the family" and my fur-kid etc. yet have them declawed because they scratch furniture. An example of human madness. If only these people could really look at themselves honestly and objectively they'd see how bizarre their behavior is.

      As for vets who vote for declawing they are a disgrace to the profession. It is equally bizarre because they are all criminals in the UK!

      It is mass self-delusion.

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    11. It occurs to me "Nature Advocate" that your views are much better suited to 14th century Europe. You'd really have fit in nicely. Fit in a coffin that is, or perhaps the ever popular plague pleaser the mass paupers grave. A lot of people shared your views about kitty cats back then. Only they at least threw some satanic and witchcraft references into their ravings...you're stuff reads a little dry by comparison. You'd mostly be preaching to the choir though. Not so many people possessed the sense or the fortitude to defy the law forbidding the keeping of cats but those who did were strangely immune to the black death. Wish I had a time machine...

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    12. Nature Advocate is a well known troll, cat hater and cat shooter. I believe he is Jim Stevenson. He uses aliases. He rants incessantly. Quite delusional. He does live in the MIddle Ages.

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    13. Please explain to the class how an animal, the domesticated cat in this case, which is perfectly capable of carrying and transmitting the plague all on its own could have prevented the plague in Europe.

      For just one of the earlier examples of hundreds in the last 3 decades: "Cat-transmitted fatal pneumonic plague in a person who traveled from Colorado to Arizona" (1994 July) ncbi D0T nlm D0T nih D0T gov SLASH pubmed/8059908

      Yes, the plague is alive and well today, and BEING SPREAD BY CATS. People have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA.

      Or Google for: Oregon man suffering plague; or: Taos cat has plague; or: (hundreds of others).

      Totally disproving that oft-spewed LIE cat-lickers love to tell about having more cats in Europe could have prevented the plague. No rats nor fleas even required if you have cats around. Cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own. Now add in the fact that cats attract rodents right to them if the cats infect the rodents with their Toxoplasma gondii parasite ( scitizen D0T com SLASH neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509 D0T html ), and you'll see a plague the likes of which have never existed before. Especially when you breed super-strains of plague with your overuse and irresponsible use of antibiotics.

      If a cat contracts the plague from any flea or other animal, it then spreads it to all other cats in its colony, other animals that come in contact with them, or any humans that come in contact with them. Hence: no fleas nor rats required after the initial infection. The very act of a cat killing a plague carrying rat will actually cause the cat to contract the plague from the rat or its fleas and spread it to those that come in contact with it. There is ZERO advantage to having a cat kill a plague-carrying rodent. And in fact, much disadvantage, the cat then bringing the plague right to everyone's doors.

      The plague in Europe was actually spread the most by human to human transmission. The distance and speed with which it spread cannot be accounted for by fleas, rats, nor cats. But they ALL played their parts in transmitting it to humans initially.

      This doesn't give ignorant, manipulative, and deceptive cat-lickers any kind of license whatsoever to run around screaming their scare-mongering tactic of, "IF WE DON'T LET CATS ROAM FREE WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE OF THE PLAGUE!" When, IN FACT, the absolute reverse of that could come to pass.

      abcd-vets D0T org SLASH Guidelines/Pages/EN-Other-Zoonoses-Feline-Plague D0T aspx

      "Recommendations to avoid zoonotic transmission

      Cats are considered the most important domestic animal involved in plague transmission to humans, and in endemic areas, outdoor cats may transmit the infection to their owners or to persons caring for sick cats (veterinarians and veterinary nurses)."

      Spread some more of your manipulative lies and ignorance. Another person who is more intelligent than you will make you look like the blathering cat-licking fool that you are.

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    14. Who is living in the middle-ages? And hoping they can pray-away the plague with their ignorance and lies? LOL!!

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  3. Its just disgusting that these vets still wanting to declaw with the world that we live in. I would of thought they would have a heart but obviously not.

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  4. Michael, really wish you would prune and banish the cracked deadwood from the blog like so many others have done. He's online for attention, what we used to call a 'flamer', now a troll. He spews logical fallacies and false info with traits of someone with psychotic and Machiavellian tendencies. He's willing to be manipulative but isn't very brave so he hides his identity.

    Cynical misinformation is the antithesis to those working for positive changes in their communities. There are people who care about all animals and are working hard for change. Someone with such skewed views and false info would soon be off our city committee and likely investigated for encouraging illegal and cruel behaviour. They'd probably be thrown out of our naturalist club as well.

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  5. As a Canadian, it's shameful how we've allowed vets to continue to mutilate cats by amputating the toes of a digitigrade animal. It's no more acceptable to amputate a cat's toes than a dog's. You can even see how declawing reduces available homes by comparing regular cats to declawed cats category (filter) on Petfinder.com - Declawed cats are more likely to be unsuitable for homes with young children, according to information supplied by shelters and rescue groups who've uploaded info about individual cats. This reduces potential homes for these cats.

    The CBC is working on a cat documentary and asking for submissions, so maybe we can get the truth about the effects of declawing made public.

    "We journey through a season in a cat’s life and discover what science can tell us about "The Lion in Your Living Room: coming to The Nature of Things this winter."

    See http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/blog/make-your-cat-a-star-on-the-nature-of-things

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