City the Kitty’s advocacy against declawing is entitled to the highest rung of First Amendment protection – ACLU

City the Kitty’s advocacy against declawing is entitled to the highest rung of First Amendment protection – ACLU

5/21/18

Many of you have asked about the details of how we were silenced for 5 months from a Personal Protection Order that was filed against us on November 30, 2017.
Since I don’t have time to reply to all of you about this, I’m attaching all the information that was involved with this case so that there is full disclosure about what happened.

This sad and draining situation has gone on long enough and we will now move on from this educational campaign, that involved this animal rescue, and will focus on educating the public in Michigan (and the world) about the facts about declawing so that cat owners won’t want to have their beloved kitties much needed toe bones and claws amputated.

We will focus on educating the public about the simple, commonsense humane alternatives to declawing like sturdy scratching posts, horizontal scratching posts, nail trims, deterrents, Soft Paws, Feliway, etc so that cat owners won’t want to have such an inhumane and harmful procedure done to their beloved kitties.

We will continue to shine light on how way too many declawing vets are deceiving the public and their clients about this inhumane and mutilating procedure.

I ask you to please take this path with me.  I want to thank all of you who really tried your best to respectfully educate those involved about the facts about declawing and about the easy, commonsense, humane alternatives to declawing. Education is the key to end this very mutilating procedure and we will never give up this mission.

I have never attacked or threatened anyone in my campaigns against declawing, and I always ask you to also never attack or threaten anyone.

It’s wrong. It hurts the cause. It often hurts me when you are mean or threatening.

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A declawing veterinarian in Michigan was the impetus in stripping City the Kitty’s First Amendment right to free speech for 5 months. And for the first time in history, the ACLU stepped in to help a cat get his first amendment right to free speech back. #CatHistory  Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped me with this situation and who care about the welfare of animals and about the right to free speech.

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This Animal rescue in Michigan declaws hundreds of cats each year, before they put them up for adoption.

Lori Shepler reached out to the declawing vet that is in charge of this animal rescue, Dr Marie Breuker with Fremont Animal Hospital, in 2016 and also in November 2017. These emails were in the PPO. Link to PDF with emails-  Dr Marie Breuker – Shepler emails

The opposing lawyer said, according to the transcripts on page 7 from the January 8, 2018 hearing, “a veterinarian who was contacted advised the director to file this. Petitioner v Shepler 1-8-18 Hearing Transcripts

In the March 21, 2018 hearing transcripts on page 20, the opposing lawyer said, “But then the veterinarian said she — their business was contacted by City Kitty and the veterinarians advised her to come up and file a PPO.”  Petitioner v Shepler 3-21-18 Hearing PDF

The petitioner said in this March 21, 2018 hearing on page 59, “She called my veterinarians and emailed my veterinarians over, and over again demanding that we stop declawing cats. My vet is the one that asked me to get the PPO because she said this is — we can’t conduct business like that.”  The petitioner’s testimony transcripts PDF Petitioner v Shepler 3-21-18 Hearing PDF

(Shepler never emailed or called any other veterinarian, that is affiliated with this animal rescue, other than Dr Breuker)

Here is the press release about the Personal Protection Order that was filed against Lori Shepler. City The Kitty Press Release

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ACLU’S AMICUS BRIEF. ACLU’S AMICUS BRIEF

Link to Shepler’s Affidavit PDF Shepler’s Affidavit

Link to Shepler’s Motion to Dismiss Motion to Dismiss


Here are photos of the information in this PPO, which is a public record document.

(The PPO was not available in electronic form. The handwritten notes on the documents are from the petitioner or her associates)

Included in the PPO was the email correspondence between the petitioner and Lori Shepler. Click on this link to the PDF – Petitioner- Shepler Email Correspondence

According to Kim Horan, she had been to this store, a least a month before this animal rescue campaign started, to look at a cat that had been up for adoption for a year. She said she has no clue as to why someone would use her name like this and say she was recently there as a stalker. The photo in the screenshot was taken by one of the animal rescue’s associates.

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Included in the PPO was the email correspondence between the petitioner and Lori Shepler. Link to PDF of emails. Petitioner- Shepler Emails

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 More info submitted in the PPO
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Here is the PDF of the correspondence between the animal rescue’s foster person and Shepler that was included in the PPO. Link to the PDF Animal Rescue foster -Shepler correspondence

Link to Better Business Bureau complaint that was entered as evidence by Petitioner BBB complaint

(Lori Shepler never contacted this person who adopted a kitty from this animal rescue to ask her to file a complaint with the BBB)


Here are the transcripts from both hearings

January 8, 2018 Hearing for

Petitioner v Shepler 1-8-18 Hearing Transcripts

March 21, 2018 Hearing

Petitioner vs Shepler 3-21-18 Hearing Transcripts PDF

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For the record, the following information was submitted by Shepler in response to the 3/21/18 testimony by Petitioner and Foster person.

The opposing lawyer objected to this information being submitted, on the grounds that the hearing was closed on March 21.

The court rejected the information and sent it back.

 

  1. PDF link to Shepler’s rebuttal- PPO Shepler Rebuttal

      2) Below are the screenshots of all the posts that were done by City the Kitty

   3) This is the email that Shepler sent to the Newaygo High School art dept. teacher.

 


 

Here is the dismissal letter.

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Lori Shepler and Petitioner agreed to these conditions.

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I want to remind everyone to please take the high road and be respectful and try to educate people about declawing. When you are threatening or mean, it hurts the cause, it’s wrong, and as in this example, it hurt me.

We must keep educating the public about the facts about this inhumane, mutilating, and harmful amputation procedure so that they won’t want their beloved kitties health and well-being harmed for life.

Thank you for all your help and support. #PAWSNEEDCLAWS

Please thank the ACLU for helping our cause https://www.aclu.org/

 

 

 

Another Perspective About the Facts About Declawing

Another Perspective About the Facts About Declawing

This was on a post on the internet with facts about declawing from a senior veterinarian at a zoo.

 

My nephew is a veterinarian who specializes in cats both large and small – he’s the senior vet at a large municipal zoo. When I asked him his opinion on declawing, he wrote me a detailed answer on why it’s such a barbaric practice and gave me permission to publish it any time and anywhere I thought it might help. It’s a long answer, but I hope you will read it, it will help you understand the problems you may face with a declawed cat.

This is what he wrote:
“First, let us reflect on the fact that the US is one of the few remaining modern countries that still allows this practice. It has actually been outlawed in most other countries, because of the physical and psychological effects it has on the animal. In most European countries, and Australia, you would actually lose your license to practice vet medicine if you were to perform this surgery, where it is uniformly viewed as unethical and inhumane.

Where does this perception come from, you ask? Let us delve into that.

First, most vets do not take the time to go into detail about what is actually involved when people declaw their cats. Most people simply believe you remove only the claws, no big deal.

The reality is, you are performing an amputation of each digit, akin to amputating each finger and toe at the 3rd joint. this means, (as if simply pulling off the finger and toe nails would not be painful enough) is that this is a true bone amputation removing the bone that the claw is attached to.

Why this may not seem significant, we need to remember that cats claws are retractable, and they bear weight on the joint of the P2-P3 bones, where we are performing the amputation. This is important, because the retractable claws means you actually have digital flexor and extensor tendons that attach to the terminal bone which is amputated. The flexor tendon is of critical importance in all of this, as it is attached to the digital pad on the bottom of the toe.

This pad provides cushion when the animal places weight on the toe as it walks. when you amputate the terminal bone, known as P3, the severing on that tendon causes it to pull back, much like a rubber band that is stretched, and then cut. The tendon also shifts the position of that digital pad it is attached to, pulling it back as well.

This often means it is not in position to provide the cushioning it is intended to as the cat places its weight on that P2 bone. (imagine the difference between walking on sharp stones barefoot, as opposed to having sandals, or even flip flops to cushion).

In other words, there is now an increased level of pain in each step the cat takes. The only way the body knows to try to resolve this is to create more bone.

This leads to arthritis in the toes. So what happens when you have arthritis? You compensate in how you move, right? Which, guess what? Puts unnatural pressure on the joints you are compensating with, which means you are more likely to develop osteoarthritis in those joints as well, which is exactly what we see happen with cats.

Declawed cats have an increased incidence of degenerative joint disease (DJD) in the elbows and hips. Why isn’t this noted more, you ask?

Because cats are (pardon my language here) f—-g studs when it comes to pain! The behavioral adaptations to the condition often has to be pointed out to people, because cats simply will not show they are in pain, until they are in so much pain they simply cannot avoid showing it.

This comes from their life as an apex predator in the wild, where showing pain means you lose your territory, or your place in the pride. The signs are usually very subtle, but once you know to look for them, they become obvious.

The cat that used to jump to the top of the counter in one bound, now jumps to the stool first, then to the counter top. The incidence of cats with DJD is way under diagnosed, due to the fact cats simply don’t show pain.

The level of pain they deal with would have a human wheelchair bound, I might add. (humans, for the most part, are sissies when it comes to pain tolerance).

There have also been cases of pieces of the amputated bone being left in the surgical site, or the end of the P2 bone being shattered or fractured during the process of the surgery, when done with a pair of nail trimmers, as is common. This again results in long term pain, and bone changes leading to arthritis.

Imagine living for years with that rock you can’t get out of your shoe, except now you also never get to take your shoe off. There have been cases where the end of the bone is not fully removed, and you have the nail try to grow back, often in horrific fashion. (you can do a google search and come up with some intense pictures of this process).

There have also been cases of cats, due to the malpositioning of the digital pad I mentioned earlier, literally walking through the skin on the end of their toes, resulting in them literally walking on the exposed bone of their toes.

So, if their are so many reasons not to declaw cats, why is the US one of the last countries where it is still accepted practice to do so? There are several reasons, none of them a good reason to continue the practice.

1) Declawing vets are simply too lazy to try to educate their clients on the effects of declawing, And it is an easy surgery, that they make fairly good profit on.

2) Declawing vets feel as though they will lose the client to another vet if they do not perform the surgery. “if I don’t do it, the other guy will.”

3) Declawing vets use the excuse that it may lead to the cat being turned out or worse, euthanized if they do not do the surgery, because the cat may damage furniture. There are several issues with this most useless of excuses. First, wouldn’t they be the one to have to euthanize the cat? Everyone I ever worked for knew very well I refused to ever do a “convenience euthanasia” in other words, the animal had to have a medical condition, or was uncontrollably aggressive, in order for me to euthanize it.

Follow your own ethics, and this excuse goes away. Secondly, you can “teach” the owners to control the cats behavior. Use cat trees, perform proper nail trimming, use soft paws…..”

How The California Veterinary Medical Association Stopped The 2018 Anti-Declawing Bill

How The California Veterinary Medical Association Stopped The 2018 Anti-Declawing Bill

April 24, 2018
This is how the California Veterinary Medical Association stopped the anti-declawing bill that was introduced in California in April 2018. This is their action alert that they sent out to all their vet members on April 5, 2018.
Their lobbyist convinced legislators that their vets should be able to keep performing this inhumane and mutilating amputation procedure.
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Oppose SB 1441 (Stern): Animal Cruelty – Declawing

The CVMA is alerting the veterinary profession about critical legislation before the California Legislature. SB 1441 (Stern) will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee in April and it is strongly opposed by the CVMA.

SB 1441 would amend the Penal Code to make the surgical claw removal, declawing, onychectomy, or tendonectomy of a domestic cat a crime punishable by fine and/or a misdemeanor. It applies to veterinarians performing the surgical procedure and to any person who procures or arranges for the procedure to be done.

On the surface, you may think this bill is only about the declaw procedure. In reality, it criminalizes a legal veterinary surgical procedure and accuses veterinarians and their clients of animal cruelty.

Regardless of personal feelings about this procedure, the decision to perform a treatment or therapy should be made on a case-by-case basis between the veterinarian and the client. While there is an exception for a therapeutic purpose, the bill does not address owners who are elderly, disabled, or immunocompromised who may not be able to own or keep their cats due to this legislation.

During the past two decades, the profession has appropriately and adequately regulated itself in addressing the issue of declawing. The procedure is performed far less today because veterinarians educate and counsel clients on alternatives. When the procedure is performed, advancements in surgical technique and pain management have greatly reduced patient discomfort.

This bill overrides the process of establishing minimum standards of practice that are regulated by the California Veterinary Medical Board and the process that governs a veterinarian’s right to practice. There is a disciplinary process in place regarding when there is a deviation from the standard of practice regarding veterinary medical procedures.

TAKE ACTION NOW

We are asking you to contact members of the Senate Public Safety Committee on or before Monday, April 16, 2018 and oppose SB 1441, which would subject veterinarians to criminal prosecution for performing a surgical declaw procedure on domestic cats. Please send a personal letter outlining the importance of this issue and include your own examples of the importance of animal patient medical care being made by the owner in consultation with the veterinarian.

Your letter should be on your practice letterhead or personal stationery and can be mailed or faxed as indicated on the attached contact information sheet.

CVMA Policy on Declawing of Domestic Cats

The decision to declaw a cat should be made by the owner in consultation with their veterinarian. The veterinarian has an obligation to educate clients on alternatives to the declaw procedure as well as potential surgical complications.

The declawing of cats may become necessary for medical or behavioral reasons or when scratching presents a health risk for the owner(s), and should be used instead of relinquishment, abandonment, or euthanasia.

The procedure shall be performed in a manner that minimizes the risk of complications. Pain management is necessary for this procedure.

Facts

  • Veterinarians are trained to distinguish medical and behavioral problems and need to be able to continue to educate and counsel clients.
  • Veterinarians do not take the issue of declawing lightly and strive to educate pet owners about available alternatives.
  • Claw removal is sometimes medically necessary for conditions such as tumors or chronic infections.
  • Studies have proven that behavioral problems are the leading cause of unnecessary relinquishment of animals.
  • Not all pet owners are able to successfully train a cat to refrain from using its claws in a destructive manner.* Owners who are elderly or disabled may lack the ability or means to provide the needed training.

*Owners, or those living on or otherwise coming on to the  premises, may be immunocompromised and more susceptible to diseases transmitted through feline clawing.

*Still others may be faced with pets that are particularly resistant to training.

  • Current surgical techniques and modern anesthetic and pain medications have greatly reduced the pain and discomfort associated with cat declawing.
  • Euthanasia, abandonment, or other forms of relinquishment should not be the last resort for the cat owning public.
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Here’s some excerpts from a story from Veterinary Information Network News Service about this California anti-declawing legislation.
The CVMA lobbyists also assert that the passage of SB 1441 would send a message to activists, inviting them to campaign against other medical procedures. “We wonder what procedure would be next to be placed in the penal code — spay and neuter procedures, or even those pertaining to human surgeries …”
We just want to make sure [city officials] can’t decide what we do in medical practice,” CVMA Executive Director Valerie Fenstermaker told the VIN News Service.
By phone, Fenstermaker added, “This bill certainly sets a precedent for allowing any group to make medical decisions for the public.”
Here’s the full story VIN declawing story
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Here is their lobbyist who convinced some of the legislators to vote no or not vote on the California anti-declawing legislation in April 2018. Michael Dillon. Honorary Member. CVMA Lobbyist

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The CVMA posted this on their website after they successfully stopped the anti-declawing bill in California.

 This info is listed on the bill on the official website.Opposition to the bill

4. Arguments in Opposition

The California Veterinary Medical Association opposes this bill stating:

SB 1441 attempts to circumvent [Business and Professions Code] Section 460 by amending Section 597.6 of the Penal Code where there is a current prohibition on the surgical declaw of exotic or native wild cate species-to add domestic cats.

SB 1441 (Stern ) Page 5 of 5

Under this proposal, veterinarians would be subject to fines and then a misdemeanor, and perhaps additional criminal penalties for performing a medical surgery at the request of a client. Additionally, we believe clients would be subject to the same penalties for “procuring or arranging” the declawing.

The CVMA is very concerned with the precedent that would be set by Senator Stern’s bill, as it would send that message that when an activist group is not in favor of a certain medical procedure, they would run legislation to place a prohibition on that procedure in the Penal Code in order to get around the restrictions in Section 460. We wonder what procedures would be next to be placed in the Penal Code—spay and neuter procedures, or even those pertaining to human surgeries…

The CVMA wants to stress that declawing is not a regularly performed procedure and the decision to declaw a cat is not made lightly. The decision is made by the animal owner who requests the surgery, and only after the veterinarian has educated the client about the procedure and the possible alternatives….When the procedure is performed, advancements in surgical technique and pain management have greatly reduced patient discomfort and recovery time. If a client is unable to obtain this surgical procedure from a veterinarian, the client faces a tremendous personal conflict of deciding whether to declaw the cat or relinquish that cat to an already over-burdened animal shelter, where it may be euthanized. This is an untenable situation for an owner, particularly an owner who may be undergoing chemotherapy treatment and cannot afford to risk infection brought on by a cat scratch.

Equine Solutions opposes stating:

The decision to declaw a cat should be one left between the veterinarian and animal owner (client) to be made on a case-by-case basis. The profession takes this subject very seriously and performs this procedure far less frequently than in the past because we now counsel our clients on alternatives. In some instances, clients will not be able to keep their cat unless it is declawed, which negatively impacts them and the cat since the alternatives are relinquishment, abandonment, or euthanasia. In the rare instances when veterinarians declaw cats, advancements in the procedure technique and feline pain medications have resulted in minimal pain following the procedure.

The profession is adequately policing itself in regard to this procedure and it, along with any veterinary treatment or procedure, should not be determined by popular vote. There are many procedures that occur in both humans and animals that some may disagree with, but the ability to perform them should be protected by our legislature by keeping the decision in the hands of the doctor and the client.

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 May 2018, veterinarians in British Columbia, Canada banned declawing! BC bans declawing
Do No Harm Day and Rallies To Help End Declawing! May 4th, 2018

Do No Harm Day and Rallies To Help End Declawing! May 4th, 2018

Please join City the Kitty in solidarity with The Animals’ Battalion for our Do No Harm Day and anti-declaw rallies in Cypress, CA. at 10.30 am and in Tarrytown, NY at 3 pm. on May 4th, 2018.

If you can’t make it to one of the rallies, then please join us on May 4th by posting photos of your cats with your own Do No Harm Rally signs and messages and put these hashtags in your captions, especially on Twitter! #DoNoHarmDay #BanDeclawing #MakeItALawDontDeclaw

We are rallying to remind these veterinary associations and declawing veterinarians to do the right thing and STOP blocking legislation that would ban one of the most harmful and mutilating procedures that vets perform and that goes against their veterinary oath.

Here is our Facebook page for the Southern California Do No Harm Rally in front of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association at 5576 Corporate Ave, Cypress, CA on May 4th, 2018 at 10.30 am.. Do No Harm Southern California Facebook page

Here is our Facebook page for the Tarrytown, NY,  Do No Harm Rally at the NY Veterinary Conference at 3pm.  Facebook page for the Do No Harm Rally, Tarrytown, NY

Declawing is an inhumane amputation procedure that is being done to around 10 million cats a year in America. Though declawing has been banned in many countries around the world, 95% of these feline paw mutilation procedures are performed to protect the cat owner’s furniture.

Declawing always harms the long-term health and well-being of a cat and subjects cats to a lifetime of some sort of pain and suffering from walking on the amputations. It increases negative behaviors such as biting and eliminating outside the litter box. It produces more complications for the cats’ guardians and sadly it increases the rates of abandonment for these now mutilated and defenseless cats. Declawing has no place in an ethical or humane veterinary practice.

Please join us in our efforts to publicly denounce declawing while educating the masses and promoting anti-declaw legislation.
We need cat advocates to come out and take a stand.
The anti-declaw movement is continuously growing. Our next move is to get a statewide ban in America.

This rally is a step in that direction and the first of its kind! We will have these rallies in every state someday soon!

Here’s how the California Veterinary Medical Association stopped the anti-declawing bill in April 2018. How the CVMA Stopped A Bill that is Good for CATS but bad for their declawing vet’s pocketbooks

 

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

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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.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————Here is an AAHA hospital, Speedway Veterinary Hospital in Tucson, Arizona that has this info at http://speedwayvet.com/kitten-recommendations-for-new-owners/

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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