Cat Declawing is Now Banned in British Columbia

Veterinarians in British Columbia will no longer be permitted to declaw cats, after the province’s College of Veterinarians banned the practice.

The College of Veterinarians is the self-regulatory body for the veterinary profession, and sets standards of practice that vets must follow. At a meeting on May 4, 2018 the College passed a motion prohibiting veterinarians from declawing domestic cats, unless medically necessary to treat a condition. A veterinarian who performs the amputation can now be investigated and disciplined.

This is incredible progress for our feline friends! Declawing is also known as “partial digit amputation” because it’s not just the claw that’s removed—the cat’s last toe bone is sliced or lasered off at the knuckle. Amputation is torture for cats, and can cause paw pain, infection, nerve damage, lameness, and back problems for sensitive kitties.

British Columbia follows in the footsteps of the No…

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B.C. Wants to Let Hunters Chase Terrified Cougars With Dogs

British Columbia was in the news late last year for the incredible move to ban grizzly bear hunting province-wide. But the province is still no paradise for other animals. The B.C. government is quietly preparing to weaken a long list of hunting and trapping regulations, leaving cougars, wolves, black bears, and other wild animals exposed to hunters’ bullets and the cruel snap of a fur trap.

B.C. officials may hope that compassionate people will be too distracted by the grizzly hunting ban to notice that many other animals will suffer and die as a result of these disturbing regulatory changes. Not on our watch. Animal Justice has compiled a list of the regulations that are set to be gutted, and now you have an opportunity to comment on them before January 19.

Here’s a list of the disturbing changes:

Extending the wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island, even though officials acknowledge they do not have solid evidence to indicate the health of…
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