Under a new law, British Columbia has become the second Canadian province to ban the practice of declawing cats.
The College of Veterinarians of B.C. (CVBC) decided to implement the ban after Nova Scotia made similar amendments to their code of ethics earlier in the year.
“There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable,” says Luisa Hlus, the college’s CEO, “similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping.”
Under the Veterinarians Act, the CVBC has the power to investigate and impose disciplinary action on veterinarians who ignore this new standard of practice around cat declawing.
In March, Nova Scotia became the first Canadian province to ban declawing cats. The ban was well received and came as The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association amended its code of ethics to make the practice ethically unacceptable.
“It’s a great day. I’m so proud of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association,” Dr. Hugh Chisholm, a retired veterinarian who had pushed for the change, said after the association’s decision in December.
“You are amputating 10 bones from 10 digits on the paws of a cat, and if that doesn’t constitute mutilation, I don’t know what does,” he said.
The two Canadian provinces join countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Brazil in banning the practice.