An example of selfishness.
I have a new neighbor downstairs who just moved in with some roommates. They just adopted a black kitten but their landlord owns the furniture in their home and doesn't want the kitten scratching furniture so he told them that the only way they can keep the kitten is if they get it declawed. What I find very selfish is that instead of finding the kitten another home, the morally correct thing to do, it looks like they're going to put the kitten through the pain and horror of being declawed just so they can keep the kitten.
Out of concern I tried to offer alternatives. I said that the shelters sometimes have cats that are already declawed. She said, "Well we already got a kitten." That's selfish because she could find the kitten a home first and then look for an already declawed cat at a shelter. I also suggested softpaws nail caps and having a professional groomer trim the nails regularly. She's considering that which is a good thing. But if their landlord insists that the kitten has to be declawed it looks like they're going to do it, anything to keep that little bundle of joy, even though I told her declawing a cat is like having parts of your fingers removed up to the first knuckle and that it's considered cruel, even though it will be very painful for the kitten, even though it will be traumatized for life, putting the kitten through pain and suffering just so they can keep it? It's wrong.
I understand what it's like to be denied your favorite pet. I've lived in apartments that didn't allow pets before. Now I own my own condominium and have the freedom to have pets. So I have 2 cats and my neighbors see them on my balcony sometimes and they would like to have cats too but their landlord doesn't allow it. Well, that's just tough luck. They should move to another apartment that allows pets or leave the expensive city of San Diego, move to another state and buy their own place. They don't have the money? Well, tough luck. I could have had to sacrifice it too. The only reason I got my own place is through an inheritance from my grandmother. I'm just lucky. I owe my grandmother in heaven a million thank yous.