Originally Posted by rosiemac
I think the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons would beg to differ with you!!!.
My vets surgery would for a start!
CFA has fought against banning declawing numerous times.
AAFP [American Association of Feline Practitioners], feline specialists, do not agree with banning declawing.
There must be a reason that these highly reputable organizations are defending the right to declaw. And before the concept of greed is thrown around cinically, remember that all of these organizations have recognized studies regarding less frequent vaccination schedules [and have even started to implement policy changes in response to these studies], these orgs are not out to get rich at the expense of the animal. They don't encourage Declawing as standard practice, but they do understand that it is a choice for the owner to make, with guidance from their veterinarian.
My opinion, merely an opinion formed on facts, and education. I know what a proper procedure entails, I know how simple it is to do, I know how rare it is for the complications commonly listed to occur [as virtually all the commonly available examples focus on an im-proper procedure]. I also know the alternatives to declawing, and I know how successful they can be [I generally encourage people towards alternatives first...look back at my 1000+ posts if you don't believe it] I hold my opinion to be well based on factual information, but that doesn't mean that I don't take contrary arguments into consideration, I just get tired of seeing the same, generic argument, not backed up with fact or worse yet, backed by misinformation.
I do respect your opinion, I don't agree, but it is yours to have not mine to control. I don't agree with the countries that have banned declawing.
Declawing is not bad, nor cruel. It may be unnecessary, but "Unnecessary" is not enough of a reason to ban something, it's quite simply too vague. A lot of things in life are unnecessary...but do we ban anything, because it's unnecessary? No. When we restrict a freedom to make a choice, it should be because of a clearly demonstratable reason, one which reflects the norm not the exception. Only in exceptions is declawing cruel, the norm for declawing is a procedure that is not cruel.
I wish people would stop trying to force their opinions on others without good reason. Again, I respect your ability to choose to leave your cat fully clawed [even though you really don't have a choice in the matter anyway], all I'm asking is that people learn the truth, and understand that it is a choice, A choice that can be made but once and a choice that should be made only after careful consideration, but nevertheless a choice.