Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
Maybe someday the USA will follow that lead.
What? The most self-centered, me-me-me, convenience before compassion-oriented nation on this big earth outlaw declawing? It will never happen. Putting our furniture first is part of our culture. Perhaps this is why we are loathed by the rest of the world, but I digress.
I'd love to find a vet who refuses to do declaws. Unfortunately, that's almost impossible to do. At this point, it's more something that I talk friends and family out of doing, and those that HAVE done it, I make sure they know that they've mutilated their cats and that they shouldn't ever do it again. As for wanting to see cats go to a good home and declaw then stay at a shelter...I'm only speaking for the shelters around here (of which, I only know of one kill shelter, which is the city pound, but I'm sure there are more somewhere) but most of ours are clean, compassionate and progressive. Many of them are completely cage free (unless the cat has a non-chronic condition which requires isolation, in which case, the cat wouldn't be doing much running and climbing anyway. Cats with say FIV or Herpes are kept in cageless room with other cats with the same chronic disease). These shelters, while still stressful, I'm sure, are extremely homelike, and I'd love to see a cat spend 3 years hanging out there before finding a home then have him or her immediately be adopted and declawed. But again, this is an ideal situation.
I had a conversation with my boyfriend last night about signing a lease that requires a declaw or getting a cat when your lease requires a declaw. I told him I'd never do it and if the landlord demanded it, I'd present what I know and hope to change her mind or compromise on softpaws (which, hey, even diabetics or hemophiliacs could use), or I'd break my lease. Simple as that. He thinks I'm crazy, but I asked him if he'd rather break a lease or drive me to the hospital to get the tops of my fingers cut off. To me, it's the same thing. I don't really see my fingers as being more valuable than theirs, and to do so in the name of health and convenience is totally despicable to me. And I'm a professional flutist! Pain doesn't really distinguish between species the way we have chosen to do in this country.