The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia has implemented a new mandatory standard of practice, banning the declawing of cats. Brendan Matthews, a veterinarian in BC and the president of the council for CVBC, says cat declawing is not an appropriate way of dealing with humane behavioral issues.
Understanding that declawing of cats, is, is not a cosmetic procedure, it is done for a specific behavioural problem in cats. Ah, CVBC recognized that a lack of a non-therapeutic declaw, is ethically unacceptable.
And while this ban has only been implemented in BC and Nova Scotia, Matthews is hopeful for other provinces to adopt stronger guidelines on when the procedure can be done.
For Evolution 1079, I’m Brooke Graham.