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Title: Companion Animal Welfare II


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Companion Animal Welfare II
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PROBLEMATIC PROCEDURES Ear
cropping De-clawing Tail docking
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Ear Cropping
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Ear Cropping Illegal in 20 countries, mostly
in Europe AB 418 - bill to ban cropping in
California up for vote by Assembly Supported
by AVMA, CAMA Opposed by AKC Primary
purpose cosmetic Ears highly vascularized,
serious procedure
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Done between 8 and 12 weeks Removes large
portion of the pinna, severs nerves, cartilage
and arteries. Remaining flaps must be taped and
secured to rack or supports to create prick ear
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Tail Docking
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Tail Docking Also illegal in many
countries Variety of purposes - Tail
bleeds serious health problem - Historic
Proof of taxes paid - Cosmetic - breed
preferences Usually done in first days of
life, less serious procedure than cropping
problems with phantom pain? decreases
effective communication?
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Pit Bull Problem American Pit Bull
Terrier American Staffordshire
Terrier? Staffordshire Terrier? Bull
Terrier? Up to 50 of population of some
shelters Originally bred as fighting dogs, were
shot if aggressive to humans Playful, strong,
stamina, easily aroused.
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Declawing Cats
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Declawing Onychectomy Traditional
amputation of last digit Permanent,
effective Recovery time 90 recovered in 2
wks Laser technique causes less blood
loss
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Declawing Tenectomy Excise tendon
only Less initial trauma Nails have to be
trimmed Lower owner satisfaction
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Opponents Unnecessary suffering, short and
long term with long term problems (20 lame
after 2 months in one study) Scratching is
natural behavior Increase in behavioral
problems? Proponents Decreases surrenders to
shelters Improves H/A relationship Reduces
injuries to humans Procedures now less painful
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Scratching Function is scent marking as
much as nail grooming Many alternatives to
de-clawing - appropriate scratching
posts (sturdy, proper substrate) - training,
nail trimming, nail caps
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FERAL/FREE RANGING CATS Not native Fed cats
still hunt Universally agreed kill song
birds/mammals How many? How many
non-native? Controversy over how control?
Reclassify so can shoot? Trap, Neuter, Release
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12 million caged birds in 6.9 million households
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Social, intelligent -- need stimulation Must
be trained (can be aggressive) Health/diet must
be carefully monitored Still captured from
wild (altho most serious challenge is native
habitat degradation.
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Social, intelligent -- need stimulation
Mental capacity of 5-6 year old child Recall
Alex and functional use of language Emotional
capacity of 2-3 year old child Primary reason
for abandonment beh problems
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Must be trained (can be aggressive and LOUD)
Can inflict serious injury Highly vocal in
wild Some species more vocal than others
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Health/diet must be carefully monitored
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Still captured from wild Estimated .25 to .5
million/year Most serious challenge is native
habitat degradation.
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Exotic Fish Wild caught or tank raised?
Major source of income in some areas of the
world
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