Canada B.C. veterinarians ban practice of declawing cats

17:03  09 may  2018
17:03  09 may  2018 Source:   vancouversun.com

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It is up to veterinarian regulators in each province to decide whether to ban the practice . More than 2,500 people have signed an online petition, calling on British Columbian veterinarians to stop declawing domestic cats .

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The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia has banned its members from declawing cats for non-therapeutic reasons, making B.C. only the second province in Canada to outlaw the procedure.

While the college acknowledged there may be medical issues that may necessitate partial or full digit amputation, it says elective declawing, also known as onychectomy, is not an appropriate means of dealing with feline behaviour issues like scratching furniture.

“No medical conditions or environmental circumstances of the cat owner justify the declawing of domestic cats,” the CVBC said.

Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban cat declawing, but the college notes it is also outlawed in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and some cities in California.

“There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable,  similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping,” said CVBC CEO  Luisa Hlus.

The ban is effective immediately.

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