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Animal Rights Activists Protest NY State Veterinary Medical Society Over its Support of Declawing

May 14, 2018 by Leave a Comment

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Animal rights activists with The Animals’ Battalion staged a protest at the annual convention of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) over its effort to block legislation that would outlaw declawing in New York state.

“Veterinarians who declaw are mutilating animals while masquerading as their caregivers,” said protest organizer Roberto Bonelli of Animals’ Battalion. “We will expose the hypocrisy of NYSVMS until it puts the welfare of its patients ahead of the extra profits made off of these cruel amputations.”

The NY State Veterinary Medical Society lobbies to block cat declawing legislation

The dozen protesters were met by Marriott security guards and police who attempted to move them off of hotel property, but that didn’t stop them from conveying their message to the many veterinarians who were entering and exiting the hotel. Several of the them stated that they disagreed with NYSVMS pro-declawing position.

Declawing is amputation, as it consists of removing the entire bone out of which the claw grows.

Contrary to public perception, cat declawing is not a simple nail removal. During the surgical procedure, veterinarians cut through nerves and ligaments to remove the last knuckle of each of a cat’s digits.

The Paw Project, an advocacy group that is working to ban cat declawing nationwide, states that the surgery causes many potential problems for cats, including prolonged joint and back pain, early onset arthritis, painful abscesses, infection, and behavioral issues which result in owners abandoning them.

According to the Paw Project, declawing is already banned or deemed unethical by professional veterinary organizations in many countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Two elected officials in NY State, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Senator Joseph Griffo have introduced a bill (A.595/S.3376) in the state legislature to ban cat declawing.  The NYSVMS is lobbying in opposition to the bill.

Animal rights activists with The Animals’ Battalion protest at the annual convention of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society over its efforts to block anti-declawing legislation.

Your Turn

Sign The Paw Project petition to ban declawing in New York.

If you live in NY State, ask your Assembly Member and Senator to support the bill (A.595/S.3376) to ban declawing.

Comments via Facebook Comments

  1. Yuki says:

    I guess you hate cat.
    Cat need to have their claws to express their concert.
    Many of bodega cats in my neighborhood don’t declaw cats.

  2. Bridgett says:

    It is NOT ok to disrupt a presentation that is meant to educate health care providers on how to properly care for severely ill patients! Those meetings are arranged by activists giving a lot of their time and energy, at the risk of their own health no less. Why would you undermine the opportunity for our voices to finally be heard claiming it’s for animals’ rights? What about people’s rights? All we were asking for was proper healthcare for ME/CFS patients and you shut down the discussion! You seriously need to consider who is paying the price and being impacted the most by your actions. Shame on you!

  3. Lolly says:

    I agree with you Melanie, it is horrid that patients who used precious energy to create a much needed earning opportunity for ME/CFS would be sabotaged in such a thoughtless and selfish manner. Way to go group, steal the mic. from sick people who have already lost most of what is precious in life. Can’t you find something more constructive to do to raise awareness? It is time for an apology!

  4. Melanie says:

    It is NOT acceptable to hijack the ME/CFS community for your cause. YOU are causing M.E. patients to CRASH in excruciating pain today because of your actions last night. Do your research!! Do NOT STEAL the voices of other activists.

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