New York Animal Lovers: Make ONE Call NOW to Ban Devocalization of Dogs and Cats
A proposed state law to ban devocalization--cutting vocal cords just to stifle a dog's or cat's voice--has been released from committee and is on its way to a vote by the entire NYS Assembly.
Lobbies that profit from devocalization are working to kill it outright or with loopholes that allow and legitimize this act of animal cruelty. That would be disastrous for animals.
It's up to you to stop them--and ensure the bill becomes law as it was introduced, strong legislation that will protect dogs and cats from a mutilating convenience surgery.
WHAT YOU MUST DO IMMEDIATELY TO PROTECT ANIMALS. PLEASE DON'T DELAY!
Make ONE call only, to your own NYS Assemblymember, during business hours. Please be brief and polite.
Tell your Assemblymember this: "Please pass Assembly bill A1204, banning devocalization, as it was introduced, without amendments. This is a front-burner issue for me!"
Fill in your address here to find your Assemblymember.
If you get voicemail, leave a short message, "I'm a constituent, and I'd like the Assemblymember to pass A1204 without amendments." Then call back if you can.
If you must email, put this in the subject line: Support for A1204, No Amendments
WHY WOULD AMENDMENTS HURT ANIMALS?
Among the claims made to defeat humane laws banning devocalization is that it should be allowed as a "last resort" or a "final alternative to euthanasia." That is baseless and manipulative. Adding such language only serves to make the law unenforceable--and worse, would elevate this act of animal cruelty to an acceptable option.
REALITY: No vet is forced to cut healthy vocal cords OR kill a healthy animal for unwanted barking or meowing. Both practices are cruel and unethical.
There are many effective, humane alternatives for guardians willing to pursue them. What's more, devocalized dogs and cats are euthanized and given up just like other animals--some due to costly treatment for life-threatening complications or unintended behavioral consequences of devocalization.
► Vocal cord surgery on dogs and cats should be allowed ONLY to treat a PHYSICAL ailment causing the animal medical harm. To perform it for any other reason is an act of cruelty.
► Veterinary specialists say devocalization is always dangerous regardless of the vet's skill, the instrument used and the surgical route, through the oral cavity or an incision in the neck. Even a little scarring, a normal outcome of any surgery, can be deadly or cause lifelong suffering when it forms in the dog's or cat's throat.
► Shelter and rescue executives say devocalization offers animals NO benefit--it is cruel. Devocalization doesn't prevent surrender or euthanasia of healthy animals; responsible people do. And there are many effective, humane solutions for unwanted barking or meowing, with rehoming a kinder "final alternative" than cutting vocal cords!