Do These Sponsors Know and Care That the NYSVMS Supports Feline Paw Mutilation?

Do These Sponsors Know and Care That the NYSVMS Supports Feline Paw Mutilation?

The NYSVMS is the veterinary association that keeps stopping the anti-declawing legislation in New York. They want their vets to be able to keep performing this inhumane, mutilating, and unnecessary procedure. Declawing is a big money maker for vets in America, including in New York.

The NYSVMS is having a veterinary conference in Tarrytown, NY in May 2018 and have sponsors who probably don’t know what the NYSVMS is doing to stop us from banning a very inhumane and unnecessary amputation procedure that is done to millions of innocent cats in New York state and America each year.

I think these sponsors, TD Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim, Simmons, Monarch Business Consulting, and Best Pet Rx should know that the NYSVMS passionately supports keeping this barbaric toe bone and claw amputation procedure legal.

I sent all of them an email and so far only TD Bank responded. (Emails are at the end of this story.)

Please send respectful and educational notes to each of these sponsors so that they know about the sneaky NYSVMS’s actions to keep this inhumane procedure going in New York state. We know all these companies have worked hard to have a trustworthy and good reputation for their businesses. If you get a response from any of them, please send it to me at citythekitty@gmail.com  Remember to take a screenshot of your comment as documentation. #TAKETHEHIGHROAD

We would hate to see their good reputations damaged by supporting the NYSVMS.

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Boehringer Ingelheim

Here is the Mission and Vision page about this company that was started in Germany. (Declawing is banned in Germany) https://www.boehringer-ingelheim.us/our-story/mission-vision

Here are their facebook pages- Boehringer US facebook page  Boehringer Main Facebook page

Here are their media contacts with their emails- Media contacts

Here is the email I sent them and the answer that they gave me on March 16, 2018.

“To whom it may concern at Boehringer Ingelheim,
I wanted to reach out to you because I am not sure if you are aware of this.
I know that you are company that has worked hard to build your reputation as an ethical company whose mission is to improve the lives that you touch, which includes humans and animals. Thank you so much for doing what you do to make the world a better place for all.
Are you aware that by supporting the NYSVMS you are supporting an organization that is actively condoning inhumane and unnecessary surgeries on innocent New York State cats?

Are you aware that 99% of the famous internet cats and millions of people throughout the world support the anti-declawing movement and are against the NYSVMS policy on declawing cats.

The world is changing and people are more concerned than ever about the welfare of animals. Wouldn’t it be great if you could inspire the NYSVMS to have the moral standards and integrity that you have…to do no harm.
Sincerely,

Lori Shepler

Here is the latest NYSVMS stance on declawing. (Cornell is not supporting the anti-declawing legislation in NY.)

“Declawing of Cats (Onychectomy)
Declawing is a surgical procedure that veterinarians take very seriously. Veterinarians strive to educate pet owners on alternatives to pet declawing when the procedure is requested, and urge pet owners to become educated on the process itself and the alternatives before making a final decision to declaw their animal. NYSVMS believes that medical decisions such as the decision to declaw a cat should be left to the sound discretion of fully trained, licensed, and state-supervised professionals operating within appropriate standards of practice. A bill to prohibit the performance of the surgical procedure of onychectomy has been sponsored in the Assembly and Senate (A.595 Assemblywoman Rosenthal and S.3376 Senator Griffo), and NYSVMS opposes this legislation and any similar legislation that would prohibit the procedure in New York State and erode the ability of a licensed veterinarian to practice his or her profession. This position mirrors that of the AVMA. The bill has been referred to the Agriculture Committee in both houses of the legislature.
Position Statement: NYSVMS strongly encourages client education prior to consideration of declawing, and believes the decision to declaw or not declaw a pet should be made by the pet owner in consultation with their veterinarian.”

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Here is their response from the head of the U.S Corporate Media Relations Dept.

We appreciate you  reaching out to us. The health and well-being of animals are a primary concern for our company, and our Animal Health Business, as we  provide medicines and vaccines for the prevention and treatment of infectious, non-infectious and parasitic diseases. Treatment decisions for pets are appropriately the responsibility of trained and licensed veterinarians. We do support efforts by veterinarians to educate pet owners on alternatives to pet declawing and hope that pet owners also learn about the process and alternatives before making their own decisions.

Here is my reply back to her.

Hi Erin,

Thanks for the note. Declawing is a very inhumane and mutilating procedure that is always harmful to the health and well-being of a cat or kitten. It isn’t a treatment or health decision.
Most trained and licensed declawing vets do this mutilating procedure as a money maker and often with the spay/neuter declaw packages. There are always humane alternatives to this cat cruelty that makes cat and kitten’s amputees.

It is sad that a company like Boehringer Ingleheim wouldn’t agree that this amputation procedure should be banned like it is in Germany and 41 other countries.

If you want to read more about how the NYSVMS has been stopping our important cat protection bill. http://www.citythekitty.com/nysvms-declawing-propaganda/
Thanks,
Lori and City the Kitty

Monarch Business Consulting

About Monarch Business Consulting About Monarch Business Consulting

This company was founded by a veterinarian in NY, Chris Rocchio. He owns two practices and one of them doesn’t declaw cats and educated the public about the humane and commonsense alternatives like scratching posts, nail trims, deterrents, etc. Please thank him and the awesome people at River Road Animal in Nickayusha, New York for being an ethical, no-declaw practice! River Road Animal Hospital Fb page

Monarch Business Consulting FB page Monarch Business Consulting contact form

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Here is their facebook page Best Pet Rx

TD BANK facebook page e and you can contact them on it. Best Pet RX facebook page


SIMMONS VETERINARY PRACTICE SALES AND APPRAISALS

Here is their facebook page Simmons facebook page


TD BANK

I received an email back from TD Bank. Maybe you can respectfully ask them if they will be supporting the bill in NY to ban declawing and if so how.

TD Bank facebook page TD BANK Facebook page

Media contacts for TD BANK Email contacts for TD BANK

Here is the note I sent to TD BANK on March 9, 2018

Hi Matthew and Judith,

I wanted to reach out to you because I am not sure if your company is aware of this.

I know that TD Bank has worked hard to build a reputation as a company with high moral standards.

Are you aware that by supporting the NYSVMS you are supporting an organization that is actively condoning inhumane and unnecessary surgeries on innocent New York State cats?

Are you aware that 99% of the famous internet cats and millions of people throughout the world support the anti-declawing movement and are against the NYSVMS policy on declawing cats.

The world is changing and people are more concerned than ever about the welfare of animals. Wouldn’t it be great if you could inspire the NYSVMS to have the moral standards and integrity that you have.

Sincerely,

Lori Shepler

Here is the latest NYSVMS stance on declawing. (Cornell is not supporting the anti-declawing legislation in NY.)

“Declawing of Cats (Onychectomy)
Declawing is a surgical procedure that veterinarians take very seriously. Veterinarians strive to educate pet owners on alternatives to pet declawing when the procedure is requested, and urge pet owners to become educated on the process itself and the alternatives before making a final decision to declaw their animal. NYSVMS believes that medical decisions such as the decision to declaw a cat should be left to the sound discretion of fully trained, licensed, and state-supervised professionals operating within appropriate standards of practice. A bill to prohibit the performance of the surgical procedure of onychectomy has been sponsored in the Assembly and Senate (A.595 Assemblywoman Rosenthal and S.3376 Senator Griffo), and NYSVMS opposes this legislation and any similar legislation that would prohibit the procedure in New York State and erode the ability of a licensed veterinarian to practice his or her profession. This position mirrors that of the AVMA. The bill has been referred to the Agriculture Committee in both houses of the legislature.
Position Statement: NYSVMS strongly encourages client education prior to consideration of declawing, and believes the decision to declaw or not declaw a pet should be made by the pet owner in consultation with their veterinarian.”

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“We are in receipt of your email below and thank you for your feedback.

We believe this issue belongs in the public policy arena and we support bi-partisan efforts to educate pet owners on this procedure in the future. As a matter of corporate policy, we do not comment on the nature and specifics of our relationships with our customers.

We appreciate you voicing your concern.

Sincerely,

| Office of the President and CEO TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®”


March 9, 2018

Dear Office of the President and CEO TD Bank,

Thanks for your prompt reply.
I’m a little confused. Are you saying that TD Bank just supports educating the public about declawing but doesn’t support banning this inhumane procedure in NY?
Just so you know, there is bi-partisan support for the anti-declawing bill in the state of New York.
Is TD Bank doing anything to support this?
Thanks,
Lori Shepler

 

 

Here’s What Most Declawing Vet$ Want You To Believe

Here’s What Most Declawing Vet$ Want You To Believe

March 2, 2018

Please take less than a minute to sign both my petitions to AAHA and AAFP.

American Animal Hospital Association Petitionhttp://bit.ly/AAHAstopDeclawing
American Association of Feline Practitionershttp://bit.ly/CatVetsStopDeclawing

It’s concerning that this New Kitten FAQ information is being used by many veterinarians and even government websites in America.

It’s also shocking that even the CAT FRIENDLY practice in Michigan, where the 2017 AAFP Cat Friendly President works, has this info on their website.

HERE IS WHAT THE INFO SAYS- “Surgical declawing is the removal of the nail at its base. This is done under general anesthesia and there is very little post-surgical discomfort, especially when it is performed on a kitten. Contrary to the belief of some, this surgery does not cause lameness or psychological damage. Actually, a declawed cat will not realize the claws are gone and will continue to “sharpen” the claws as normal without inflicting damage to your furniture. This surgery can be done as early as 12 weeks of age or anytime thereafter. It can also be done the same time as spaying or neutering. Once declawed, your cat should always live indoors since the ability to defend itself is compromised.

 

Many of the vet practices using this declawing info are CAT FRIENDLY AAFP and AAHA hospitals who are supposed to be the best of the best vet hospitals with the most feline friendly veterinarians. Both AAHA and AAFP are strongly opposed to declawing. Here are just a few examples of the many vet practices and organizations that are STILL using this incorrect declawing information.

This is the practice where the 2017 American Association of Feline Practitioners President works. The CAT FRIENDLY Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital in Michigan.

It’s under “News and other great info”, “New Kitten Care”, ” For more information, we invite you to read our New Kitten FAQ.”    CAT FRIENDLY Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital Declawing info

Feb. 22, 2018 Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital edited their info from the info on left to the info on the right.

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Here are a couple AAHA hospitals in Pennsylvania, Russell Veterinary Hospital, PC and Lakeside Veterinary Medicine with this info on the home page of their website. “New Kitten? Click the button below to find some helpful information for the care of your new kitten.” Then it takes you to another areas with a link to “Recommendations for New Cat Owners.” New Kitten Recommendations

When a cat owner called Russell Veterinary Hospital P.C and asked for the price of a neuter and then asked if there is anything else that they suggest that can be done during the neuter procedure or that cat owners have done, the employee said that’s all unless you are worried about the cat clawing furniture. They said the only other thing some people have done is a declaw.

They said the only thing that they ask is that the cat stay inside, the neuter/declaw is from $250-$378, all three of their vets do them regularly and are comfortable doing them. When asked how they do the declaws the employee said they amputate the digit with guillotine clippers. They said that in about 2 weeks the cat will recover from the declaw as long as it doesn’t chew on its toes or is too active. They recommend Purina’s Yesterdays News Cat litter.

When a cat owner called Lakeside Veterinary Medicine and asked for the price of a neuter and declaw the employee said it is $385, all their vets routinely do declaws and do a good job at them, and they have “tools to take out the claws” which are clippers. The cat owner asked if declawing is ok and will their cat be ok and the employee said as long as the cat doesn’t jump around too much for a week. They give the cat antibiotics for 7-10 days after the procedures. They recommend Purina’s Yesterdays News litter and said you can buy a 6lb bag from them for $10.39.

 


Here’s a CAT FRIENDLY American Association of Feline Practitioners hospital, Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Falls,Iowa with the info on their Pet Info/New Kitten page.

Taylor Veterinary Hospital New Kitten/Grooming/Declawing info

When a cat owner calls Taylor Veterinary Hospital, a CAT FRIENDLY American Association of Feline Practitioners practice in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to ask for the price of a neuter and then asked if there is anything else that they suggest that can be done during the neuter procedure, the employee said, “We can do a declaw if you want.” The cat owner said ok, and the employee asked if they wanted a 2 or 4 paw declaw. Cat owner said 4 paw and employee said the price for a 4 paw declaw/neuter is $255. The employee said that their two doctors, Dr Smith and Dr Goetsch do them pretty regularly, that they have “really good luck with declawing, the cats do fine, and in two weeks the cat will be back to being, “pretty normal.”

When asked about how there is a lot of info and stories on the internet that says declawing is bad for a cat, the employee said that they personally had a bad experience with a declaw for their cat and that it’s all in the skill of the vet who does the procedure. They recommend using Purina’s Yesterday’s News after the procedure for your kitty. There was no mention that declawing is an amputation procedure or the humane alternatives.  (Please take 20 seconds to sign my petition to Purina- Purina Petition

 


Here’s an AAHA hospital, Alpine Animal Hospital, with the information on their Feline Information page. Alpine Animal Hospital, Feline Info, What you need to know about kittens

When a cat owner calls Alpine Animal Hospital, an AAHA hospital in Gaylord, MI,  to ask for the price of a neuter for their cat and then asks if there is anything else they should have done at the time of the procedure or what other people have done for their cats, their employee says, “You can get a declaw if you want.”  They said that Dr Taylor and Dr Lewis do declaws quite frequently, they use a scalpel, they charge $350 for a neuter/declaw, they say that your kitty will be back to normal after about 10 days, and they recommend using Purina’s Yesterday’s News litter for their paws. There was no mention that declawing is an amputation procedure or the humane alternatives.  (Please take 20 seconds to sign my petition to Purina- Purina Petition


Another AAHA hospital , River Road Pet Clinic, in Tucson, Arizona. This is in the Resources, Pet Health Library,  Kitten Play and Discipline section. RiverRoad Pet Clinic declawing info  

When a cat owner calls River Road Pet Clinic in Tucson, AZ, an AAHA hospital, to ask for the price of a neuter and then asked if they also can declaw the kitty, the employee said, “Yes, we do declaws.” The employee said that they don’t do them often because it’s not something people do much anymore. They said that it is removing the digit on their claws. When the employee was asked if their cat be ok from the declaw long term, the employee said that you just have to keep him from running around and he will recover from it.

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When a cat owner calls Speedway Veterinary Hospital in Tucson, AZ, an AAHA hospital, to ask for the price of a neuter and and then asks if they can also do a declaw with that, the employee says they will only do the front paws, not the back. When the cat owner asked if their vet is skilled at the declaw procedure, the employee said that their vet, Dr Boyer has been in the vet profession for 20 years and is well skilled at declaws. They said that they perform declaws, “pretty frequently.” They said that she uses a scalpel and your cat has to stay with them for 3 days, and it usually takes a couple months for the cat to be back to normal. They say that they send you home with Purina’s Yesterday’s News litter. There was no mention that declawing is an amputation procedure or the humane alternatives.  (Please take 20 seconds to sign my petition to Purina- Purina Petition

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The Fort Wayne, Indiana Animal Care and Control website.

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 Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Kitten Recommendations

Feb. 22, 2018 the City of Fort Wayne edited this info and then took the page down after I reached out to them. They said they are discussing what type of new information to put on their website.


(Many of the websites say that this information is written by Ernest E. Ward Jr, DVM. I reached out to him on Feb. 17, 2018 and asked him about this info. He said, “No, that is not my information, especially the declaw section. They apparently based their blog on general kitten information articles I’ve written in the past. I do not declaw or approve the procedure.”

Also, I reached out to Lifelearn and asked them about this declawing info and if they would publish factual declawing info and also information about the humane alternatives and the Chief Veterinary Officer wrote this back.

“Thank you for bringing to our attention the 13 year old article that you found on Fort Wayne’s website.  I wanted to write you personally as the Chief Veterinary Officer of LifeLearn Animal Health.  That New Kitten Recommendation article with this outdated declaw information is very old, and thankfully the profession has evolved.  We removed that version of the article from circulation long ago, but unfortunately, some veterinarians have posted it without our permission. As Desmond explained, we have a process of finding older postings and contacting veterinarians to remove them so that outdated information does not get propagated.

Firstly, I apologize for any confusion surrounding the source of this article.  Neither Desmond nor Andru were employees of LifeLearn when these original articles were written.  Thus, the 2002 vs 2005 date.  Also, the original article was not written by Dr. Ward, he was part of the 2nd generation of veterinarians we used to write, edit and review our compilation of client education articles that is now over 1800 articles strong.  As you can imagine, keeping up with all of this content is a challenge, but with feedback like yours, which we appreciate, we can continue to improve our library that is supplied to veterinarians to use with their clientele.

I feel that your request is a good one, and I will recommend we update our New Kitten article to include mention of humane alternatives to declawing.  Since we endeavour to have our articles updated every 2 to 3 years, it is due for a complete review; however this will take some time, as we need to put this in the queue for our veterinary writers and reviewers.

Once again, thanks for your communications.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Stephenson, DVM Chief Veterinary Officer

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Fact- Surgical declawing is the removal of the last bone in a cat’s paw or the removal of part of the last bone in a cat’s paw.

Fact- It is one of the most painful procedures in veterinary medicine

Fact- There are inherent risks and complications with declawing that increase with age such as acute pain, infection, nerve trauma, as well as long term complications like lameness, behavioral problems, and chronic neuropathic pain. (From the American Association of Feline Practitioners) AAFP declawing position statement

Fact- Cats need their claws for many aspects of their health and well-being.

Fact- When declawing was invented in 1952, no studies were performed to evaluate the long term consequences to the health and well-being of a kitten or cat.

Fact- Declawing is a billion dollar business in America and declawing vets make a lot of money from amputating the toe bones and claws on kitties. The spay/neuter declaw package is very common in declawing veterinary practices in America, especially in the Midwest.

Here are facts about declawing from Safe Haven Rescue in Missouri Safe Haven Rescue declawing information

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