Statement Regarding Cat Declawing (Feline Partial-Digit Onychectomy)
On January 17, 2018, we released the following statement to the media:
The College of Veterinarians of BC is aware of the concerns many people have on the important issue of cat declawing. At this time, the only jurisdiction in Canada which has banned the procedure is Nova Scotia. The ban will take effect in March 2018. Although we appreciate the concerns of various stakeholders, the CVBC believes in careful consideration of this animal welfare matter and has planned a study of the impacts of such action in Nova Scotia and other jurisdictions. The goal of the study is to examine the optimal way of meeting the objectives of all stakeholders. Following the study, CVBC will hold consultations before deciding on a course of action.
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