Debate Over Declawing

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

A debate over declawing in California has made it illegal to perform the procedure in West Hollywood.

When a pet is declawed, it's like removing its fingers at the first joint. Many people do it to keep their furniture from getting scratched up. The debate centers on whether declawing is really in a pet's best interest.

"I don't think it's in the best interest of the pet to force it out of your home because it's destroying your furniture or the interior of your house." Dr. Jeff Mills, a veterinarian from Merrill said. "Personally, I don't think there's a problem with declawing if you do it the right way."

"Declawing does not mean that that animal is going to have a permanent home," said Carol Hein, who works for the Lincoln County Humane Society. "'Cuz they can develop other things like biting, for example than they would normally scratch or try to scratch."

Scratching is a normal defense mechanism, particular in cats. Some cats when they are declawed start to bite to protect themselves.

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