New York Residents: Act Today to Ban Cruel, Unnecessary Devocalization SurgeriesPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on June 19, 2012
Bill number A3431D would ban devocalization, the practice of cutting vocal cords just to stifle a dog’s (or cat’s) voice. This bill to ban surgical “debarking” has passed the New York Assembly, but is now stalled in a Senate committee. Please call your Senators today to make sure the bill passes as written to ban devocalization.
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Please also call the office of Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos at 518-455-3171 or 516-766-8383, asking that Sen. Skelos bring the devocalization ban, A3431D, to the floor and ensure it becomes law as written.
According to The New York Times, “Critics of the debarking procedure say it is outdated and inhumane, one that destroys an animal’s central means of communication merely for the owner’s convenience. Many veterinarians refuse to do the surgery on ethical grounds.” Massachusetts passed a law banning devocalization in 2010.
Devocalization serves no medical benefit and is largely done by commercial breeders for their own convenience. Scarring as a result of devocalization surgery can block airways, causing dogs and cats to struggle to breathe, cough, gag, and even choke to death.
If A3431D doesn’t pass the Senate by June 21, it will die. If amended, it will allow and legitimize instead of prohibiting devocalization, an outrageous act of animal cruelty no matter who performs it or how.
Please contact your Senators, urging them to pass A3431D as written to ban devocalization and protect New York’s beloved animals today.