October 2021

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) still allows declawing in their AAHA Accredited Animal Hospitals.

Please take 60 seconds and sign our petition to AAHA.org. (You don’t have to donate to change.org to sign it.) AAHA Petition

All the other big veterinary organizations, VCA, Banfield, American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), Mission Veterinary Partners, and Fear Free Pets have banned declawing in their practices.  (Fear Free Pets will ban declawing on Dec. 31, 2021.)

If AAHA would also ban declawing, many cats each year in America would be saved from this inhumane, cruel, and unnecessary amputation procedure.  It’s our opinion, based on facts and research that AAHA.org doesn’t want to ban declawing because they risk losing membership fees from declawing vets like these. It is also possible that some of the money being paid to AAHA for membership fees from AAHA hospitals that offer declawing is from performing this inhumane and cruel amputation procedure.

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Here are some examples of how the vets with AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital’s fight to stop the anti-declawing bills and ordinances.

Dr Lynn McEwan of Palmdale veterinary hospital, an AAHA accredited animal hospital, submitted this letter of opposition to the California bill to ban declawing in 2018.

 

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As of Oct. 2021, Dr Lynn McEwan is still declawing cats with his laser. When our researchers asked for the cost of a declaw at this AAHA hospital in Palmdale, CA, the employee asked, “Are you wanting just the front or all four?”  A two paw declaw is $242 and a 4 paw declaw is $288. They said that they have two vets who do the declaws regularly, Dr Lynn McEwan and Dr Joseph. Our researcher asked if the cats are ok after a declaw, they said that it takes a little bit longer to acclimate with a declaw but after 3 or 4 weeks they are back to normal.


In August 2021, another AAHA veterinarian, Dr Peter Pelissier testified to the Sheridan, WY City Council and Mayor about why he opposes the declaw ban amendment to the animal cruelty/abuse ordinance. Here’s his full testimony.  He was not truthful with some of his information. This declaw ban amendment was stopped by a 5-2 vote. One of the City Council members told us that he voted no because of Dr Pelissier’s testimony.  Video of how an AAHA Vet Fought to Keep Cruelty Legal

Dr Pelissier owns MountainView Veterinary Hospital in Sheridan, WY.   In Sept. 2021, our researchers looked into a cost for a declaw at this AAHA hospital.  The employee at MountainView said they require an appointment to discuss the declaw procedure and it’s up to the doctor if a declaw will be performed. When asked if they do declaws regularly the employee said that is something between the doctor and the patient, depending on how the doctor feels after the exam.

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AAHA.org updated their declawing position statement in June 2021.

They say they strongly oppose declawing, explaining that declawing is no longer a reasonable or supported procedure… But then they say if veterinarians are going to declaw, they should use pain meds before, during, and after.
So why is AAHA against this barbaric and inhumane cat mutilation but then they ultimately condone it? AAHA declawing position
Most likely AAHA does not want to upset their declawing veterinarians by banning this animal cruelty.
Here’s our recent story about how AAHA sicced their lawyers on us and how they came out with a declaw communications toolkit to HELP their accredited animal hospitals that perform declawing. AAHA story
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