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Kudos to Israel for Banning Declawing!

This cat is lame as a result of declawing.

Declawing is amputation, not a manicure.

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On Monday, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) banned declawing nationwide except for rare cases of medical necessity. Penalties are stiff: jail time of up to a year or a fine of 75,000 shekels. This humane action will spare cats untold suffering, including lifelong, chronic pain.

The legislation was backed by a wide coalition of political parties, sponsored by Knesset members Eitan Cabel, Yoel Hasson, Dov Khenin and Nitzan Horowitz.

Take Action!

Tell Congress: It's high time the United States followed suit. Find your elected officials at: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/home

Express your gratitude to the Knesset: feedback@knesset.gov.il

Or you can contact the sponsors of this humane law, listed above. Find them at: http://www.knesset.gov.il/mk/eng/mkindex_current_eng.asp#H

Tell your vet: Humane, responsible people do not subject their animals to painful, risky surgeries they don't need and are helpless to refuse--declawing, devocalization, cropping and docking. And enlightened veterinarians do not perform these mutilations for them.

Until the US follows the humane lead set by Israel

and many countries in Europe, the only protection animals

here have is your voice. Talk to your vet! You're the client.

You have a choice. And that gives you the power.

Use it for those who have none.

The Truth About Declawing

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Conventional declawing is actually amputation of the last bone of each toe. It's the same as having your fingers cut off at the last knuckle. Using laser is not more humane; it's just more expensive.

Tenectomy (tendonectomy) severs the tendons that extend the toes so the claws can't retract; they're useless to the cat. The incidence of bleeding, lameness and infection is similar to that of conventional declawing. And because tenectomy leaves cats unable to maintain their claws, they'll grow into the paw pads causing infection and extreme pain if a human doesn't continually trim them. The irony is, trimming claws routinely makes declawing and tenectomy unnecessary in the first place!

Veterinary specialists say declawing is among the most excruciating procedures a cat can undergo. "Watching a cat wake up after declawing is horrible. Some throw themselves against the walls of their cages as if trying to escape the pain; others roll up in a ball, as anguished as if they'd been hit by a car," says Dr. Jennifer Conrad, DVM, founder, The Paw Project. And cats can suffer the rest of their lives from chronic infection, atrophied paw pads that expose the remaining bone, and chronic muscle and joint pain.

Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, sponsor of Logan's Law

prohibiting canine/feline devocalization in Massachusetts,

is an unfunded, all-volunteer network of people who care about animals.

Contact: CPRPets@aol.com

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