“Twilight” actor, Kellan Lutz, encouraged his Twitter followers to check out the new documentary, “The Paw Project,” about the reality behind declawing cats. He posted:
“Hey team, take a moment and check out @PawProject. This inspiring story aims to increase awareness of the cruelty of declawing. Let’s do all we can to stop animal cruelty. -K”
There is a lack of information (and a wealth of misinformation) surrounding the act of declawing cats. Dr. Jennifer Conrad, the force behind the documentary, is working hard to bust those myths. The Paw Projects’ website explains:
“The Paw Project educates the public about why declawing is inhumane. Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal’s toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. The practice, although common in the United States, is actually illegal in many countries. Great Britain’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons goes so far as to declare declawing ‘unnecessary mutilation.’”
To really drive home the reality of the surgery, Dr. Conrad compares it to taking a cigar cutter to a human’s fingers and chopping off the full bones at the end.
Dr. Conrad has been working as a veterinarian for big cat animal actors, as well as big cats in sanctuaries and compounds. When she continued to meet numerous declawed, crippled big cats (tigers, lions, etc.), she became concerned about domestic, household cats suffering as well. She says, “[Declawing] isn’t on the forefront of animal cruelty, but it is such an injustice in the fact that it’s their doctors doing it to them.”