Aesthetic mutilation and declawing

Otectomy (ear cropping) and Caudectomy (tail docking) are two surgical procedures that involve the mutilation of dogs belonging to certain races for the sole purpose of satisfying the aesthetic whims of the human with whom they live with.

Animals are subjected to this kind of practice when they are only a few months old. They have to bear the risks of a surgery under general anesthetic and suffer a long, uncomfortable and painful post­operative period.

Aesthetic mutilations are shameless proof of the suffering animals must endure on the hands of humans that only view them as objects that can be disposed of at will and not the gentle creatures they are.

Declawing is the name given to an atrocious surgical procedure where the cat’s nails are removed by amputation of the last joint of the fingers of which they are part. This aggressive surgery is a terrible mutilation that involves the removal of bone, ligaments and tendons to sever the tips of the ten fingers of the animal.

After surgery, the cat will endure an extremely painful post­operative period and it will not be exempt from serious complications such as damage to the radial nerve, hemorrhage, chipped bones which prevent healing, increase the risk of infections and abscesses. To cure some of these issues the cat will require a second surgery.

Cats are digitigrades, which means they walk on their digits or toes, their anatomy (tendons, muscles and bones of legs and spine) is adapted to support this point that the animal loses once declawed.

So, the cat must learn to walk again supporting its body weight onto its amputee fingers. This unnatural way of getting around is not only extremely uncomfortable and painful, but in many cases it can lead to serious joint problems and injuries to the pads of the feet due to the pressure they have to withstand.

A declawed cat obviously loses all functions performed by their nails, which are of great importance in meeting its basic biological needs:

  • The cat loses the ability to scratch itself.
  • He loses flexibility and muscle tone, as he is no longer able to stretch to scratch objects and surfaces.
  • It is impossible to carry out activities such as climbing or standing on narrow surfaces as the legs lack the ability to grip the surface. This in turn, increases the risk of accidental falls that can be harmful if the cat falls from great heights.
  • Its games are reduced because it cannot scratch, catch or throw objects any longer.
  • The use of the litter box, being sometimes complicated and painful might lead to the cat defecating out of the tray.
  • It is defenseless against many potential dangers as their defense and escape ability is severely impaired.
  • It faces numerous psychological problems: the inability to perform the tasks listed above generates intense emotional suffering, frustration, anxiety, and chronic anxiety that often result in depressive symptoms, aggression and isolation.

Each animal has its own anatomical and physiological configuration designed to meet the biological needs of their species. Everyone has the right to develop fully and to live its life according to those needs.

The decision to share our lives with other animals involves respecting their nature and personality as well as to assume the possible consequences of such coexistence. Mutilation of an animal to adapt to our expectations and conveniences is an act of cruelty and unjust domination that involves making a conscious sentient being into an object that can be manipulated to suit your needs.