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Declawing: Speak up against intimidation


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An article posted on the Internet reports that a clinic on the south shore that practices declawing was a victim of intimidation by people who are against this practice.

I firmly denounce this completely unacceptable behavior from the people who targeted this clinic.

I wish to declare that I have never been interviewed for the purpose of this particular article, even though my name appears in it. Had I known it would be the case, I would have demanded that the following be included:

I have never and will never endorse the demonization of pro-declawing people. On the contrary, change in society occurs through dialogue and through the demonstration of legitimate and scientifically supported arguments to help change mentalities.

I would like to tell people who intimidate, shame or demonize any person or any organism on the topic of declawing that their actions generate aversion on the matter that greatly hinders our efforts. Simply because I support the same cause, I see myself indirectly associated to you and your heinous behavior. I do not know you, but because of you, in only one day, I have lost notable support that I have spent years to build and that would have greatly contributed to the cause—not only of declawing, but also of the cat’s greater well-being. I therefore refute all unfortunate association between my work and the heinous speech you spread. You do not realize how much you harm the animal you claim that you want to help.

I hope that Cat Educator’s 17 000 followers on Facebook will answer my call and share this blog post and thus show that in Quebec, there are more respectful cat owners than there are of you, regardless of their position on declawing.

In about 50 veterinarian clinics where I have given my “cat friendly hospital” training, I have never met a veterinarian who was not committed to his or her cat patients’ well-being even if he or she performs declawing. Nobody has the right to judge the tiers that play a part in this decision-making process which, let’s bear in mind, is still legal and personal.

I repeat: we must speak ONLY of the alternative choices, because it is by opting for those that people will see that they work and that it is no longer necessary to declaw.

Therefore, I encourage dialogue and healthy conversation in the context of such a debate regarding animal well-being.


Daniel Filion
President, Cat Educator

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