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On November 28th, 2011, the Israel legislature unanimously approved a bill banning the declawing of cats, except for certain medical conditions. The penalty is one year in jail and a fine of $20,000 U.S. Israel now joins enlightened countries all over the world who have banned declawing, including "much of Europe, Australia, Turkey, Brazil," according to an article in Discovery Magazine The article goes on to say that "One study found that 20 percent of cats underwent complications, like infections, after declawing."
Dr. Nicholas Dodman, In "The Cat Who Cried for Help," wrote,
"Unlike routine recovery, including recovery from neutering surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain. Cats that are more stoic huddle in the corner of the recovery cage, immobilized in a state of helplessness, presumably by the overwhelming pain. Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjont, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure serves as a model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs.. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway, so sooner or later the pain will emerge."
While legislation such as this is heartening to those of us who advocate for cats' paws, it takes many, many years for anti-declaw laws to come about. In the meantime, cats depend on us to continue educating the public who still thing declawing is the same as "clipping cats' nails." (It is actually amputation of cats' toes at the first joint.) By the fervent work of all those who believe as I do, we can save cats' toes, one cat at a time.
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