Ozzy Osbourne is joining the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaign against the practice of cat declawing.
"Amputating a cat’s toes is twisted and wrong," stated Osbourne. "If your couch is more important to you than your cat’s health and happiness, you don’t deserve to have an animal! Get cats a scratching post – don’t mutilate them for life."
Flashing his own mutated fingers in an anti-declawing PETA ad, the Prince of Darkness starred in the graphic advertisement with hard-hitting conviction. The message is personal for the singer, who came close to losing some of his own fingers in 2018 due to a severe infection.
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When cats are declawed, not only are the claws getting amputated, but also part of the toes and as a result, it can cause nerve damage, infection and pain. According to vets, the experience is like cutting off the end of human fingers, which is what Ozzy is showing in the ad.
Declawing involves the removal of all or most of the last bone of each of the toes of the cat's front feet. At the same time the tendons, nerves and ligaments that allow the paws to function are severed, often resulting in chronic pain and other serious medical or behavioural issues.
When cats are declawed, the claws alongside part of the toes are amputated, which can cause nerve damage, infection and chronic pain. According to vets, the process is similar to chopping off the end of human fingers, which Ozzy somberly depicts in the ad, showcasing his bloody stumps.
Many countries, including the UK, Australia and Japan, have outlawed the practice, whereas declawing remains commonplace within the US.
Osbourne continues to raise awareness of health and wellbeing, including his own. He recently shared that he will commit to going through with his farewell tour, if his health allows.
The metal legend revealed his shocking Parkinson's diagnosis last week, sharing that he has PRKN 2, a form of Parkinson's disease. He discussed on Good Morning America that he discovered this while in recovery from a severe fall in his home last February that dislodged metal rods in his neck, inserted into his body after an ATV accident several years earlier.