Federal Judge Signs Order Agreeing With PETA That Declawing Exotic Cats Violates Endangered Species Act

PETA made huge progress toward ending the cruelty inherent in big-cat cub encounters. In addition to filing a lawsuit against Wildlife in Need over its abuse of big cats, we sued the roadside zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Rick Pelphrey, for mutilating big cats by declawing them. PETA secured a first-of-its-kind consent judgment that creates a legal precedent that declawing endangered or threatened cats without medical necessity violates the Endangered Species Act!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind