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jodago97
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The de-clawing and de-horning of animals should be illegal.

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Started: 3/18/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jodago97

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I believe that the practices of de-clawing and de-horning of animals should be illegal. These practices are painful and risky for the animal and its health. They also cost the owner of the animal a large amount of money, which could be used to improve the animal's life rather than to hurt it. I know that the practices of de-horning and de-clawing are done in the United States for human safety reasons; but, there are better options than painfully removing the entire horn and claw.
cfasano310

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De-clawing and de-horning animals should be legal. These practices use advanced veterinarian supported medical techniques that are proven to sedate the animal and cause next to no discomfort. The only reason these practices exist is to better the life of the owner, the pet and all that it comes in contact with. The cost of these practices are completely irrelevant, no matter how much or how little it cost. The vast majority of animals that have gotten de-clawed, de-horned etc. have had an improved quality of life with their owners and it prevented numerous lawsuits.
Debate Round No. 1
jodago97

Pro

Actually, animals are rarely sedated when they are being de-horned. Rather, they are given a local anesthetic, which only lasts for a limited amount of time and is not very strong. Metal cutters similar to hedge clippers or other instruments that provide extreme heat get rid of the bone-like horn, which is filled with an intense network of blood vessels and nerve endings. When the horn is removed, animals still very much feel the pain, and huge amounts of blood pour out. Many of the animals scream and writhe in terror and pain during this procedure, possibly causing the vet or farmer injuries. Sometimes, the blood goes into the eyes, causing infection. Also, the hole left open where the horn used to be cannot be sewn together due to the absence of a surplus of skin. So, the holes are left open, with only a special type of powder to stop the bleeding and infection. Since these holes are so close to the animal's brain, the infection can spread there quickly-- causing death in many cases. For all these reasons, horns should be regularly shaved or trimmed, not completely cut off.

As for de-clawing, animals are sedated. So, there is usually no pain during the procedure. However, it is after the procedure when intense pain comes. During the de-clawing, not just the claws of the animal are removed. Part of the bone in the toes are, too. If performed on a human being, de-clawing would be the equivalent of cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. Humans cannot use their hands properly if their fingers are not intact; and, so can't cats with their feet. This leads to walking problems and arthritis, and greatly reduces the comfort and quality of life for the cat. Also, since they do not have the defense of scratching anymore, cats that are de-clawed bite more frequently. Teeth of cats are longer than claws, and can cause deeper wounds and more infection than scratches. For all these reasons, claws should be regularly filed or trimmed, not completely removed.
cfasano310

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Curran2015 1 year ago
Curran2015
I agree with both sides of these arguments in one way or another. I believe that the de-clawing and de-horning of household animals should be legal and left up to the owners decision. I also believe that the de-horning or de-clawing of wild animals is wrong because that is their natural defense or their method of acquiring food. I believe that this is a rather situation argument rather than a broad subject.

You both had nice arguments for your sides and nice supporting evidence.
Posted by coiamsc2015 1 year ago
coiamsc2015
I agree with the fact that de-clawing and de-horning of animals, especially house animals, is wrong because they tend to use their claws for protection. Animals who live on their own and tend to wander more need to have a way for self defense. Taking away their defense mechanism will make the animal more likely to get hurt.
Posted by DayawKmsc2015 1 year ago
DayawKmsc2015
I agree with the fact that de-clawing can take away their natural defense. Animals such as cats tend to wander and if de-clawed they are vulnerable. I understand there are no rights of these animals for this case, but the protection of other species in our world is necessary.
Posted by dayawjmsc2015 1 year ago
dayawjmsc2015
I agree with the fact that de-clawing and de-horning is not necessary for animals - especially house animals. It takes away their defense system, but even if they are around humans and are house pets, they are let out of the house. When outside, they may encounter wild animals, and from there, they have no way of protecting themselves. They still have their teeth to use as threatens, but it is only a small defensive area.
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