The Organizations That Allow Declawing

Here are many examples of those in the veterinary profession and some outside of it, who could truly help to end the inhumane procedure of declawing, but aren’t.

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association Is Trying To Keep Animal Cruelty (Declawing) Legal.

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association wrote in their Sept. 1, 2023 newsletter, “PVMA is involved in working behind the scenes to prevent a declaw ban from moving in the legislature. This is a tricky issue, but it would be bad precedent to have the state government decide what procedures we cannot perform on our clients animals.”
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association doesn’t want to regulate their veterinarians even when it comes to this animal cruelty.

Why Is Dr Pol Still Declawing Cats in 2023?

Story published on December 14, 2023. Please sign our petition to Nat Geo and Dr Pol to stop declawing! http://bit.ly/DrPolStopDeclawing We just wanted to check if Dr Pol is still declawing cats so one of our researchers made a short call to Dr Pol’s Veterinary Services in Weidman, MI and according to an employee that […]

The Secretary of the Houston Humane Society is Still Performing 2 & 4 Paw Declaws at Her Houston Clinic

Dr Cynthia Rigoni is the Secretary of the Houston Humane Society.
Dr Cynthia Rigoni has been doing declaws for over 25 years. According to an employee at her clinic, she also has declawed her own dogs. More information below in our story.

In 1991, a cat owner came to Dr Cynthia Rigoni’s All Cats Veterinary Clinic in Houston, TX for just a neuter.
Dr Rigoni performed the neuter and then started to declaw the cat. On the third toe bone, she realized she was performing an unauthorized procedure but she kept declawing the cat and then notified the owners of the “error.”

According to the veterinary medical board paperwork below, she committed gross malpractice and her license was suspended for 2 years.

Is Missouri Senator Justin Brown protecting a valuable source of revenue for his family’s veterinary clinic by sponsoring a bill that would erase the declawing ban in St. Louis & St. Louis County & would prohibit any future declawing bans in MO?

Senator Justin Brown is sponsoring Senate bill 115 and Rep. Jim Murphy is sponsoring House Bill 801, and these bills will erase the declawing ban in St. Louis and St. Louis County and will prohibit any future declawing bans in cities in Missouri if they pass.  The bills have made it past a few steps and is in a Senate hearing on Jan. 31, 2023 to send it to the floor for a vote.

Yes, you heard right.  Senator Justin Brown and Jim Murphy are trying to eliminate bills in St. Louis & St. Louis County that are protecting cats from this animal cruelty and will prevent any future bills from passing that would protect cats from this cruelty in Missouri cities.

If you are one of their constituents, please send them a polite email or call and let them know that you aren’t happy with them for doing this. Ask Sen. Justin Brown if he is trying to protect a valuable source of revenue for his family’s vet clinic that is performing 3-4 guillotine clipper declaws a week according to an employee who works there. (This is the most mutilating method of declawing. The employee also said they don’t send the cats home with any pain meds.)

Sen. Justin Brown. (573) 751-5713  Email- Justin.Brown@senate.mo.gov
Rep. Jim Murphy 573 751 3719.  Email- Jim.Murphy@house.mo.gov

Will AAHA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jessica Vogelsang, Be Able To Inspire AAHA to Ban Declawing in their hospitals?

In 2021 AAHA.org hired a new Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jessica Vogelsang.

AAHA says that they are strongly opposed to declawing, that veterinarians should tell their clients that it is a procedure that is no longer supported or reasonable yet they allow it in their AAHA Accredited Animal Hospitals. Many of them perform this inhumane amputation on a regular basis, they advertise declawing, put out declawing coupons, and lie about it and say that the cats are ok long term after they are declawed.

We are optimistic that Dr Vogelsang will be the progressive, ethical, and humane veterinary leader at AAHA who sees the value in doing the right thing, being on the right side of this issue and history, and will inspire AAHA to put the welfare of all animals first and ban declawing in their AAHA accredited animal hospitals.

Why Did Six Republican Legislators Kill the 2023 Anti-declawing Bill in Virginia? Follow the Money.

6 Republican legislators in the VA Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources committee voted to kill the anti-declawing bill in Virginia today.

4 Democrat legislators in that committee voted in support of this bill, HB 1382.

All the big humane animal welfare organizations like the Pawproject.org, HSUS, Alley Cat Allies, and many others in Virginia testified in support of this bill and how declawing is inhumane and never necessary.

The only opposition to this bill was from Susan Seward, lobbyist for the Virginia veterinary medical association and Heidi Crosky with the Virginia Animal Owners Alliance

The VVMA used the human health excuse and HIV patients and a worker at a biohazard lab as to why declawing shouldn’t be banned.

Heidi Crosky with Virginia Animal Owners Alliance used the human health excuse as to why they don’t want declawing banned.