Cosmetic procedures on animals are unnecessary, extremely cruel and should not be allowed anywhere. Quebec agrees and will ban dog devocalization, ear trimming, tail docking, declawing and other procedures this summer.

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According to Radio-Canada News, Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne said the local government is drafting a law to ban these horrific and excessive procedures. The current law does not regulate these surgeries, and it will be a huge victory for animals everywhere in Quebec.

Declawing involves amputating the last bone and nail of the cat’s 10 toes. It’s extremely painful for the animal, and it’s naturally supposed to scratch things. The procedure can cause many health and behavioral issues and lasting physical harm to the cat. Cats should be allowed to do what comes naturally to them, and if you’re adopting a cat, that’s something you need to understand and consider. Check out these tips to help your cat avoid scratching your furniture without that cruel declawing.

This victory comes after a petition calling for the prohibition of these practices collected nearly 22,000 signatures and was tabled in the National Assembly. It’s a great reminder that petitions do work and are an easy way to help!

The woman who started the petition, Alexandra Yaksich, told CBC she was devastated when she heard the impact of her petition.

“I know it’s something that seems small to a lot of people, but it really isn’t,” she said.

She is an animal health technician and often sees declawed cats and young kittens and wanted to do something about this practice.

“It’s not just removing the claw, it’s amputating the fingertip,” she said. “It has all kinds of effects.”

Yaksich said she was determined to see that the law was changed, one way or another, but said learning that it was happening was an overwhelming moment.

Veterinary associations and animal rights groups have applauded the success of this new law and hopefully it will encourage other countries to follow in their footsteps. Sign this petition ban declawing!

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