Perhaps Banfield Pet Hospitals saw the handwriting (claw marks) on the wall. A new policy prohibits declawing cats at the huge vet clinic chain. This is great news for the cats in their practices because all paws come with claws for a reason, and there are many ways to keep cats with claws from shredding the furniture.
Now in the It’s Long Overdue Category: Banfield Pet Hospitals has a new policy statement that forbids declawing cats, except for medical reasons.
“Current evidence does not support the use of elective declawing surgery as an alternative to relinquishment, abandonment, or euthanasia,” Banfield says in its policy statement. But it’s possible the huge chain of vet clinics saw the claw marks on the wall, too. The policy statement also points out that several of the jurisdictions where it has hospitals ban declawing cats.
Declawing is illegal in New York State. And California, New Hampshire and New Jersey are working on statewide declaw bans. Some of the cities that ban declawing include Denver and West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Berkeley in California.
Countries that ban declawing include England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.
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