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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.

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Activist Delivers Message to Korean President About Dog Meat Trade

November 9, 2017 by Leave a Comment

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Susan Song meant it when she told her fellow advocates, “We’re going to deliver our message to President Moon Jae-in face-to-face.”

After working full time on the anti-dog meat campaign for 14 months, Ms. Song, a New York-based animal rights activist, got her chance. President Moon Jae-in was scheduled to be in New York City for a week in September 2017 for the United Nations General Assembly, and she was determined to find him and make a plea to save the dogs and cats of South Korea.  

Photo of South Korean Dog Farm taken from footage provided by James Hyams

She researched his schedule of public appearances so that she and her colleagues could position themselves in a spot where they would have the best chance to encounter him. She also bought a traditional Korean dress (hanbok) so that she would stand out in a crowd. 

While stuck in NYC traffic, S. Korean President Moon Jae-in looks at Susan Song and other anti-dog meat protesters

On President Moon’s very first day in town, Ms. Song got her chance. While standing in front of a hotel where President Moon was scheduled to speak, she saw a motorcade approaching and thought “This is it.”  Seconds later, she saw the President in the third car. Gridlock traffic prevented the motorcade from moving ahead, so Ms. Song and her fellow activists had his undivided attention for almost two minutes.

“He saw my traditional Korean dress and smiled broadly, but the smile turned to sadness and empathy when we showed him our posters about the horrific Korean dog meat trade,” said Ms. Song. “I know his response was genuine not only because I saw the look in his eyes but also because he has two rescue dogs and a cat. He understands and cares about  the plight of these poor animals, which is why I have no doubt that he will shut down the dog meat trade.”

Anti-dog meat activist Susan Song dressed in a traditional South Korean costume to capture the attention of the President of South Korea

In November, Ms. Song and her husband traveled to South Korea to meet with local activists, participate in protests, and discover what else she could do from the U.S. to assist in the effort to save the dogs and cats of South Korea.

Susan Song protests the dog meat trade in Seoul, South Korea

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TNR Passes in an Arizona County Over Objections from PETA

August 6, 2014 by Leave a Comment

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Over the objections of PETA, Lawmakers in Pima County, Arizona (Tucson area) approved a trap, neuter & release (TNR) program to reduce the overall number of feral cats while preventing existing cats from being euthanized. In a letter to the County’s Board of Supervisors, PETA encouraged the County to euthanize feral cats on the grounds that they are not meant to live outdoors; they prey on wildlife; and they send a message to it’s okay for humans to abandon their pets. PETA also says that euthanasia is less painful than the deaths experienced by cats in the street.


News & Opinion

I know I open up a can of (faux) worms when I ask this question, but are some feral cats better off being killed in a shelter than sent back into inhospitable and dangerous streets where their demise could be far more painful or where they are they abused by people? Do they depend on the kindness of strangers for food, only to be neglected? Do they prey on local wildlife?  Does their presence give people license to abandon their own cats, as PETA claims? Does the presence of feral cats give people license to abandon their cats? I don’t know. What I do know is that we are reckless and cruel by domesticating animals and then tossing them out into the street like garbage when taking care of them becomes inconvenient. I also know is that we must continuously remind the general public to spay and neuter companion animals and adopt from shelters instead of buying from pet stores and breeders.

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British Anti-Vivisection Group Releases Undercover Footage

March 6, 2014 by Leave a Comment

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The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has released undercover footage of baby dogs and cats and their mothers being physically and emotionally abused in a barren U.K. lab owned by the pharmaceutical company Merck. The video shows young puppies being separated from their mothers, who are killed because their job of delivering babies to the lab was complete. It also shows the puppies being injected, killed and dissected in front of their brothers and sisters. In a Care2 article, the BUAV said that “While many of these animals could have been rescued, simply killing them and tossing their bodies in the trash is easier than making any effort to find them homes.”

News & Opinion

Like agribusiness owners, researchers who test on animals go to great lengths to hide their experiments from public view, knowing that people would be outraged to see how the imprisoned animals suffer and die. As PETA explains, “They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to roam free and use their minds. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them.” Modern day science has provided scientists with alternatives to animal research, but because of government regulations, laziness and money, the brutal experiments continue. To learn more about animal testing and find out how you can help, please PETA’s Animals Used For Experimentation website.

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