Should Animals Be Protected Against Body Modifications?

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Rotting flesh, burning skin, chopping toes, cutting tails, and slicing ears are all forms of body modifications performed on those without a voice. Animals of all kinds are subjected to these awful treatments nationally and internationally on a daily basis in animal clinics and households alike. Some argue that these modifications aid owners in identification and allow them to provide their pets with a warm and loving home. Although there is truth to this claim, new research and further developments have formulated better ways to keep animals safe and identified. Therefore, animals should not be subjects to this abuse. Rather, they should be protected against body modifications through the use of federal law as they inflict unnecessary…show more content…
The rationale here is that this could be avoided, and a cat could enjoy a loving and safe home if they simply get declawed. In cattle, this mindset is also seen in a practice known as tail docking. For instance, "Dairy officials say the practice of cutting off cow tails to prevent them from slinging manure is practiced on fewer than 15 percent of the state 's 1.5 million dairy cows”(Schwarzenegger Saves Cow Tails). Less than 15% may seem like a small number, this means that 225,000 dairy cows get their tails cut off for “sanitary reasons” so that they can keep their animals happy rather than being sent to slaughter. These ideals are important to recognize as they express the relationships of the human-animal bond. People do care about their pets, and do want to keep, love, and save them. However, are we always doing the right thing? Many would argue that people do not always know what is best for their animals. Often, the owners of pets act out of self-interest rather than considering how the modification they are doing to their animal will affect it. Although declawing a cat may save the owner 's walls, couches, and skin from destruction, it also puts the cat through severe joint and back pain, depression, increased biting behavior, and disfigurement (Associated Press). These serious physiological and psychological side-effects of the modification should be taken more seriously than they are now and better considered

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