The Paw Project Inc.
(POB 445, Santa Monica, CA 90406), 2012.
60 minutes. Available in multiple formats. $10.00 donation requested.
Available c/o: http://www.pawprojectmovie.com/
Reviewed by Debra J. White
The Paw Project video opens with mobile veterinarian Jennifer Conrad treating de-clawed captive wild cats such as pumas and tigers in southern California sanctuaries. The big cats’ former owners de-clawed them so they would be easier to handle, as if de-clawing could turn a mountain lion into a house cat––but the big cats eventually wound up in sanctuaries anyhow.
After performing surgeries to relieve pain and infection in the big cats’ paws, Conrad’s attention turns to the domestic cat. De-clawing (onychectomy) involves amputation of toes at the last joint. A portion of bone is removed. In addition to immediate bleeding, pain, and swelling, long-term complications can result such as lameness, arthritis, and refusal to use a litterbox.
The Paw Project explains de-clawing, who is against it, and who––surprisingly––supports it. The film educates the viewer about de-clawing and demonstrates Dr. Conrad’s passion to end a cruel and unnecessary practice that may serve a human need, but harms our feline friends.
(See also Declawing, ear-cropping, & tail-docking: more nasty legacies from dogfighters, by Merritt Clifton.)