Declawing of farmed emus – harmful or helpful?

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  • Published: 1 Jan 2000

  • Author(s): Lunam, Christine A., Dr, Glatz, Philip C., Dr

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Declawing of commercially farmed emus has been a long standing controversial issue. In Australia, declawing is performed to both alleviate damage to the skin during aggressive behaviours and to reduce the risk of injury to handlers, particularly during transport of the emus. Thus, the benefits of declawing are economic, preventing an annual loss to the industry of five million dollars from damaged hides (100,000 hides reduced in value from $80 to $30), improved worker safety and improved animal husbandry by protecting emus from inflicting injury upon themselves.