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There's nothing normal about normalized pet cruelty.

I'm a natural Boxer. Please sign to save my ears and tail.

People aren't bad. Norms are.

Today, cutting and piercing pets for aesthetics or human convenience is considered “normal” in the United States. But, like slavery or witch burning, “normal” does not mean moral. This cruelty is bad for both our animals and our planet.

Each year in the United States…

  • More than 1 in 5 American cats have the ends of their toes removed (declawing).

  • 750,000 American dogs have their tails amputated (docking) and 200,000 of those also have their ears cut off (cropping).

  • Countless more American pets have their tendons cut, vocal cords damaged, are subjected to cosmetic tattooing and/or piercing, and more.

   …all for looks or human convenience.

This needless cruelty robs pets of essential functions and creates more than a million pounds of raw bio-waste —each year.

These medically-unnecessary practices are perpetuated by a broken system of long-held norms. Norms that are driven by competition standards dating back hundreds of years or the binary assumption that, if certain animals are not subjected to these tortures, they would be euthanized.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), scores of other organizations and millions of Americans, oppose medically-unnecessary procedures conducted on animals for aesthetics or human convenience.

In 1992—more than 25 years ago—the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals came into force. Normalized pet cruelty bans are broadly enforced around the world, including many countries, such as England and Germany, where the practices originated.

The only U.S. statewide ban of normalized pet cruelty went into effect in New York State to end pet cosmetic tattooing and piercing in 2014; and feline declawing in 2019. Yes, 2019! Right now, citizens of many U.S. states can legally perform many of these procedures themselves----without a veterinarian or anesthesia----in their own back yards...and some do.

Although New York had the decency to ban declawing, normalized companion animal cruelty is not a states’ rights issue. Breeders, veterinarians, and animal contestants compete across state lines. A single state cannot ban these practices without putting their relevant populations at a competitive and commercial disadvantage.

The United States is shamefully behind the times and we are better than that! Cancer, terrorism and climate change have painfully long horizons. Ending normalized companion animal cruelty can become your legacy with the stroke of a pen.

It’s time for companion animal compassion—and you can make it happen!

Thank you for making the United States a healthier place for our animals and ourselves by helping to end normalized companion animal cruelty today!

 

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