NYSVMS spent at least $98,000 to protect their right to be able to keep mutilating cats.

So far the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Alley Cat Allies, and North Shore Animal League are helping us with the support among many others. [button href=”https://citythekitty.org/silence-allows-suffering-ny-bill-to-ban-declawing/” color=”orange”] More about the NY bill and the support[/button]

Please respectfully reach out to other animal rescues and organizations in NY like the ASPCA  and ask them to please support this important bill. They say they are against declawing then you would think that if they truly care about the welfare of cats, they will be part of the solution to help end this cruel, unnecessary, and inhumane procedure.

ASPCA email and phone number- publicinformation@aspca.org or (888) 666-2279


  It’s sad to know that we live in a country where Veterinary Associations, in this noble profession that’s all about healing and helping animals, are spending so much time and money trying to keep the inhumane procedure of declawing legal.

   NYSVMS calls declawing a “medical procedure” and say that no one should be allowed to ban it. Declawing is an elective, non-therapeutic, cruel, very unnecessary, and inhumane procedure that never benefits a cat.

From a New York Daily News story in Jan 2015- “You are taking away a decision that should be made between an owner and the medical professional,” said Chris Brockett, immediate past president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Brockett said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal’s bill, if approved, would lead to more cats being abandoned by frustrated owners. “I don’t think (declawing) should be an owner’s first option, but it should be an option,” said Brockett, who operates a veterinary hospital in upstate Saratoga.  Brockett rejected the argument that the procedure is inhumane.  “Every cat I have ever owned I have declawed and there is no impact on their life expectancy,” Brockett said. “There is no behavior change.”

They say that if they can’t amputate kitties toes anymore it, “compromises our ability to serve our clients and potentially keep a loved member of their family in their home.”

NYSVMS JanFeb2015Newsletter

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society is spending thousands of dollars trying to kill this bill in NY that is good for cats but is bad for their vets who make a good living from declawing.

Most of the NYSVMS member veterinarians and board members declaw cats and don’t counsel clients about the humane alternatives or tell them how bad it is for a cat. Many of them make a good living amputating cat’s toes and claws. [button href=”https://citythekitty.org/nysvms-president-leads-the-way-to-try-to-defeet-the-cat-protection-bill/” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”] NYSVMS President’s practice and declawing[/button]  

They’ve even spent a ton of money hiring lobbyists to propagate untruths. They have spent $98,000 to protect their right to mutilate cat paws! 

   Can you imagine if they used that money for campaigns to instill a humane mindset in cat owners and help them learn about things like how to train their cats and kittens how to use scratchers.

   Or how those thousands of dollars could be used for spay/neuter programs or campaigns to help find all the declawed cats that are sitting in rescues and shelters and many are euthanized because of their litter box avoidance and biting issues.






Do they think we are stupid?

Would we be fighting this hard to end declawing if declawing saved cats’ lives?

No. But since declawing is never good for cats, we fight on.

Screenshot from the Veterinary eNews May 2015   Veterinary eNews




Yep, even the new 2016 President of the NYSVMS is working hard to keep declawing of cats and devocalization of dogs legal. Why would “doctors” who took an oath to heal animals fight with all they have and pay so much money to be able to keep performing these inhumane and mutilating procedures? This might answer some of those questions. [button href=”https://citythekitty.org/nysvms-president-leads-the-way-to-try-to-defeet-the-cat-protection-bill/” color=”red” newwindow=”yes”] NYSVMS President and declawing[/button]

The NYSVMS rejects the facts from the human health experts from the CDC and National Institute of Health who say that declawing should NOT be done for immune compromised or people with health issues. The American Animal Hospital Assoc. (AAHA) and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) even revised their declawing position in late 2015 to reflect these facts. Facts about Immune compromised people & declawing

The NYSVMS actually says that declawing is a controversial issue because of “graphic and shocking imagery utilized by select animal welfare groups.”

It’s not a controversial issue you unethical greedy people who went to vet school to obviously learn how to save a couch. IT’S WRONG to declaw a cat and harmful to their health and well-being!

Hmmmmm, so they don’t want you to know about or see the negative consequences that many of their vets cause by amputating cat’s toes and claws.

This sad photo was posted by a person who works INSIDE a veterinary clinic and is not part of a “select animal welfare group.”  This is happening every single day to cats to different degrees of suffering my friends.


Yes, declawing always does cause some sort of negative consequence whether it is lameness, paw amputation, or even death from horrific complications.  Cat’s need their toe bones and claws for so many aspects of their health and well being so taking them away always affects them in a negative way.

They don’t want us to shine light on the fact that MOST of their vets practice declawing as a FIRST OPTION, make great money from doing it, and don’t counsel clients on the humane alternatives.

They say that it should be an option so that cat owners don’t throw out their cats to shelters or have them euthanized.

The facts are that there are hundreds of declawed cats in shelters and rescues in New York who were cruelly thrown out by their owners after they had this inhumane procedure done to them. Many of these cats have biting and litter box avoidance issues from the declaw.If they cared about keeping cats in homes why aren’t they helping these poor declawed kitties to get out of shelters??

Go to petfinder.com and search declawed cats in NY and see all of the sad faces. [button href=”https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?location=14225&animal=cat&breed=&filtersUpdated=true&distance=500&characteristics=declawed&name=” color=”red”] Declawed Cats in Shelters/Rescues in NY[/button]  or go to this facebook page that is just dedicated to helping to find all the declawed cats in NY a new forever home [button href=”https://www.facebook.com/declawedny” color=”red”] Facebook Page for Declawed Cats in NY Shelters and Rescues[/button]



 Excerpt from a story in the New York Daily News, January 14, 2015 about the bill in NY to ban declawing.

“Brockett rejected the argument that the procedure is inhumane.

“Every cat I have ever owned I have declawed and there is no impact on their life expectancy,” Brockett said. “There is no behavior change.” Chris Brockett, immediate past president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society ”




This is from the May/June issue of Connections, the NYSVMS newsletter









Here is a veterinary practice in upstate New York where they trivialize declawing so much that the vet doing the amputations throws the toe bones at the interns during the surgery.

Throwing toes1

HERE IS A VETERINARY PRACTICE IN Upstate New York that tries to trick cat owners into believing that his laser declaw is bloodless and pain free and should be part of a kittens care for a healthy life.