British Columbia Bans 'Inhumane' Cat Declawing

The move is reportedly the result of professional, and public, consensus
Declawing procedures can lead to a number of health complications

British Columbia has become the second Canadian province to ban cat declawing on the grounds that the procedures are not in the animals' best interest.


The motion was pushed through by the College of Veterinarians of B.C. (CVBC) - for similar reasons to those provided for Nova Scotia's ban late last year.

CVBC CEO Lisa Hlus said: "There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable, similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping."

The ban will apply to any declawing not deemed medically necessary.

At this time, only two Canadian provinces have banned the procedure


At the time of the previous ban, Dr. Hugh Chisholm of animal welfare organization The Paw Project said: "You are amputating 10 bones from 10 digits on the paws of a cat, and if that doesn't constitute mutilation, I don't know what does."

The procedure - which is usually conducted to prevent cats from scratching people, furniture, or other animals - can cause complications such as arthritis, behavioural changes and displaced bone fragments for the cats.

For these and other reasons, the CVBC's statement earlier this week called declawing 'ethically problematic' and noted that it’s 'not an appropriate means of dealing with feline behaviour issues'.

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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