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The Paw Project (2013)
Inspiring Yet Disturbing Success in Overcoming Lobbying Efforts to Overcome the Truth About Declawing
This is an inspiring yet disturbing documentary of how Veterinarian Jennifer Conrad and other animal advocates overcame the lobbying efforts of the CVMA (Calif. Veterinary Med. Assoc.) and SFVMA (San Francisco Vet. Med. Assoc.) to suppress the truth about the utter cruelty and maiming effect of feline declawing. Dr. Conrad exposes how these organizations don't act as true medical associations but rather as trade associations protecting the economic interests of their members, who can make over a thousand dollars for each declawing procedure. About 25% of the 80 million domestic cats are declawed in the U.S., that is, 20 million declawed cats. 20 million declawed cats can potentially represent $2 trillion @ $1,000, for example. Every developed country except the United States has outlawed cat declawing, but California is now the first state to have a handful of cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, to ban declawing. I rated this 10 out of 10 on IMDb: a very important success of those who are opposed to any kind of cruelty, and one that needs to be built upon, so that one day the U.S. will join the rest of the civilized world in banning this cruel practice.