The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has decided, reluctantly, to halt its America's Favorite Veterinarian Contest and declare all 20 finalists “America’s Favorite Veterinarians” following a vicious cyber-bullying attack which disrupted and contaminated the final election process, according to a AVMF news release. 

Activists opposed to cat declawing “hijacked” the contest, resorting to cyber-bullying the majority of the contest finalists, those who believe that declawing cats remains a last-resort, but viable, alternative to separating pets from their owners when the animal's behavior cannot be controlled any other way.  One contestant, for example, was called "a whore, a butcher, a mutilator, a hack, an animal hater, a disgrace to the profession.”  Other contestants were subjected to the circulation of fraudulent negative advertisements, negative reviews, and threatening phone calls.

“Apparently many of the so-called animal activists have no problem practicing cruelty to human beings,” said Dr. John Brooks, chair of the AVMF board.  “We have always respected the rights of others to have differing opinions, but to do so in a way that is personally destructive and disruptive is inexcusable.  We ask all of the activist groups whose members and supporters engaged in such behavior to ask them to stop doing so immediately.

The AVMF will be sending the 20 finalists special certificates of recognition.

“We deeply regret that our contestants had to endure this abuse and intend to take proactive steps in the future to prevent this type of interference from impacting our activities,” added Dr. Brooks. 

For more information on America’s Favorite Veterinarian and the AVMF, visitAVMF.org/AFV.