20 July 2011

Declawing kitty?: 30-second spot makes case against mutilation

Declawing. It sounds so innocent, doesn't it? Just have a veterinarian remove those pesky claws, and viola! No more problems with scratched up furniture, and your cute kitty will be none the worse for wear.

If this is your attitude toward declawing, then a dramatic new public service announcement (PSA) created by The Paw Project aims to set you straight. The 30-second spot, being aired throughout the U.S. on the arts-oriented Ovation Network, not only debunks the "no big deal" myth about feline declawing, but it does so in a graphic and creative fashion.

Contrary to its name, declawing is actually more akin to "deknuckling" as the surgery requires amputation not merely of the claws but of the last bone of each toe. The procedure is illegal or considered inhumane in many countries throughout the world, including over 12 European nations, Australia, and Brazil.

According to Jennifer Conrad, DVM, who founded The Paw Project in 2000:
"Declawing is one of the most painful routinely performed surgeries in all of veterinary medicine and it can result in serious physical and behavioral complications for the cats."
If you get the Ovation Network, look for airings of this eye-opening PSA through the end of September. Or you can view the spot below.

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Elizabeth is an Asian-Appalachian writer, activist, and college professor living in north central Massachusetts. Once an avowed carnivore, she was a vegetarian for 15 years before making the conversion to veganism. She is passionate about trying to live a life that lessens, rather than contributes to, the amount of cruelty and suffering in this world. Follow Elizabeth on her Vegosphere blog and Facebook page.

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