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The Paw Project 2013 NR CC

5.0 out of 5 stars (68) IMDb 8.3/10

The Paw Project chronicles the David and Goliath story of a tiny grassroots movement taking on big veterinary corporations in an effort to ban the de-clawing of cats.

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Jennifer Conrad
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56 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Jennifer Conrad
Starring Jennifer Conrad
Studio The Paw Project
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Clear, concise, and fact based without excessive appeals to emotion. It gets direct to the point, right from the start, explaining what declawing is in clear medical terms.

Much is explained using very "dry" computer simulations in order to avoid excessively gory images of surgery, however the creators of the film do not shy away from showing the very real damaged paws of many declawed animals.

In my family, we never declawed cats primarily because "the cat would have no way to defend herself or climb if she got out". It was because we believed that cats need claws, not because of any real awareness that the procedure itself is innately cruel.

This film, however, led me to understand a great deal about the behavior of cats of previous roommates. Sadly, I and others often attributed changes in demeanor and activity that resulted from declawing to neutering instead! After seeing an affectionate sweet kitten become withdrawn (from greeting strangers at the door to hiding from everyone all the time) and lethargic as a result of a combined neuter declaw I always thought the neutering was the problem!

Having seen this film, it's clear the problem was the declawing which left him feeling vulnerable and probably just flat out hurting. I wonder how many people have negative associations with neuter/spay because of this procedure and how much that might be contributing to overpopulation?

I think the film could have been a bit longer. There was a relatively short bit from Jackson Galaxy about providing a good variety of quality scratching toys and posts, but I think a bit more about how to get cats to use it would have been nice.

But, overall, the underlying points were well made.
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This is a must see documentary. Clocking in just under one hour, it educates and raises awareness about the horrible practice of declawing cats. A combination of greedy veterinarians and looking-for-easy-fixes human companions contributed to this practice becoming very common. And while most of the human companions were not aware of how damaging this procedure is to a cat, the greedy vets who perform these atrocious procedures have very few excuses.

Declawing a cat is not the same as trimming a cat's nails. The human equivalent of declawing a cat is cutting off the tips of a human's fingers. It's that bad!

The documentary introduces and explains, it is easy to follow, and it features plenty of cats of all sizes. It illustrates the damage done to cats, so some of the images may be a bit disturbing to gentle hearts and souls. You may want to watch it ahead of time before showing this to kids. Also, you may not want to watch it while eating.

The courageous doctor Jennifer Conrad is the main thread that links all the stories in this documentary. Her pioneering efforts are raising awareness and also helping undo some of the damage done.

When looking for a new vet for your cat, you may want to ask them where they stand on declawing and pick a vet whose #1 priority is the health of the animals and their oath, not their big fat wallet.
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As a former veterinary technician, I know firsthand how traumatic declawing can be for cats and how it can negatively impact their quality of life, and I also unfortunately know how the US veterinary community has historically tended to minimize the risks and downsides and sanitize the procedure for pet owners (typically supplying only the bare minimum of information) due to the fact that declawing is financially lucrative for veterinary hospitals. Every cat lover needs to see this film to learn what their veterinarians probably aren't telling them. Informative and poignant without being graphic, this film is already changing the way both veterinarians and the public view this controversial procedure. Very highly recommended.
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This powerful and amazing film chronicles the personal and professional journey of Dr. Jennifer Conrad, "veterinarian to the real stars of Hollywood" - the animal actors. It became obvious to her that lions, tigers, and other big cats who had been declawed were suffering crippling long-term pain, and she set out to do something about it, starting with surgically repairing these cats' paws. The videos of how these cats try to cope with their pain are heart-wrenching. Through Dr. Conrad's efforts and the non-profit group she founded, the Paw Project, declawing of exotic carnivores is now lllegal under the USDA Animal Welfare Act. But she also recognized that (because they are anatomically identical), domestic cats must also be suffering the same problems from declawing as the big cats; and the film shows the dramatic effects on small cats too. So far, eight California cities (including Los Angeles and San Francisco) ultimately banned the procedure as animal cruelty. Unfortunately the veterinary profession is provincially protective of its right to perform this cruel act on any animal it wants to, so the fight continues, but thanks to the Paw Project people are finding out the truth about declawing.
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The Paw Project not only addresses the issue of declawing, but touches on the larger question about how we can act to help prevent suffering in our animal friends. By following the inspiring story of Dr. Conrad and cats large and small, this documentary is not only educational, but compelling. As a veterinary medical student, I appreciate the quality of the research that went into this film, and was very moved by its message. I have watched it several times now and shown it to family and friends, and I strongly recommend this to anyone who likes animals!
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