Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates and others investigated the illegal declawing of big cats in California earlier this year. It is illegal to declaw big cats held under a USDA permit or in California. It became illegal to declaw big cats in California in 2004. Paul Koretz originated the bill with Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project. It became illegal to declaw big cats and wild animals under a USDA permit in the US in 2006. This woman was breeding lynx to sell their babies to zoos and as personal pets. She declawed the big cats even after the California and USDA Federal bans. We had full permission to take video and stills of the cats.
Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project offered to repair all of the cats’ paws but the owner refused. We offered to improve her caging and give the elderly owner enrichment for her cats. They had no toys in their enclosures. We offered to place some or all of the cats and again she refused. The cats remain in this condition today. This is why you never should declaw a cat especially big cats especially lynx. Lynx have very wide paws so they can walk on snow. When you declaw them they can no longer control their toes. They end up with severe arthritis and can barely walk like this poor cat. Notice his igloo is on the ground because he can no longer jump up. Cats prefer to den high in their cage.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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