How to Protect New York State Dogs and Cats in Just 5 Minutes...Without Spending a Dime
If you live in New York State, you can help dogs and cats just by picking up the phone. It's quick. It's easy. It's effective. And it's important.
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UPDATE: Though the NYS Assembly voted 138-4 to prohibit devocalization, the NYS Senate would not even bring the bill to the floor. Opposed by the breeding lobby and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (though endorsed by humane veterinary practices), it died without a vote when the 2011-12 legislative session ended June 21.
As a result, innocent dogs and cats will continue to suffer lifelong anguish or die agonizing deaths from a procedure so cruel, many countries have long banned it.
It's time for a meaningful devocalization ban to become law in New York as one did in Massachusetts in 2010. It's time for the NYS legislature to protect the victims of devocalization. Make sure your NYS Assemblymember and Senator--and your veterinarian stand up to prohibit devocalization of dogs and cats in 2013!
You're the constituent; you hire and fire lawmakers with your vote.
You're the veterinary client; you pay the bills. And you have choices. You have the right to expect your vet to stand for humane treatment of all animals--or to take yours to one who does.
Make 2 Calls to Spare Animals Lifelong Anguish or Agonizing Death Signing online petitions won't help. You have to take action--pro-devocalization lobbies are! Get in your State (Albany, not Congress!) Assemblymember's and Senator's face, always politely.
Who to Contact: Click here to find your NYS Assemblymember Click here to find your NYS Senator (use the Find My Senator form)
What to Say to the Aide Taking Your Call: To your NYS Assemblymember's aide: Say you're a constituent and you want A3431D, prohibiting devocalization, to become law this year AS WRITTEN, NO MORE AMENDMENTS.
To your NYS Senator's aide: Say you're a constituent and you want S6167C, prohibiting devocalization, to become law this year, AS WRITTEN, NO MORE AMENDMENTS.
IMPORTANT: You must say the bill numbers, including the letter at the end, exactly.
Explain that NO ONE, including pet owners, should be allowed to have dogs and cats devocalized to stifle their voices.
NO ONE, including licensed vets, should be allowed to perform this procedure.
It is an act of cruelty that New York must not tolerate. Devocalization doesn't benefit dogs and cats at all. Behavior-masking surgery doesn't keep them out of shelters. People who select, care for, house and train animals responsibly and humanely do.
Why is it vital to cite these specific bill numbers and to say "as written"? Because lobbies that profit from devocalization are trying to change the legislation's language to reverse its intent--and instead allow and legitimize the surgical stifling of dogs and cats, an act of sheer selfishness, greed and cruelty. Amended bills will have different numbers. You don't want to inadvertently support a compromised version of humane legislation that would result in more animals being devocalized than now are!
Helpful Hints: - Be brief and polite but firm. And don't debate! Just repeat your message and say thanks. - Get Voicemail? Leave a short message, call till you can speak with an aide. Don't give up! - Make sure your voice is counted--accurately. Ask the person who takes your message to read it back to you. Ask for and jot down his or her name too. Calls Are More Effective, But If You Also Email: -Write your own--don't only sign onto one sent by an organization. It's your personal commitment that matters. - Subject line: "Constituent Supports A3431D (or S6167C if writing to your Senator) AS WRITTEN" This is essential. Busy aides don't always read the entire email. -Keep it short but heartfelt. Don't stress! This isn't a thesis, you're not getting graded. - Include your name and full address for authenticity. It's good to include your phone number too. Some opponents of humane legislation from outside the district--even the state-- have been known to "borrow" local names and addresses for their opposition email.
Be An Informed Advocate...and Be Vigilant. Read about devocalization and watch the videos on this website. Read about the proposed law too. It's important to familiarize yourself with loopholes pushed by lobbies that profit from devocalization and their allies. If they can't defeat the devocalization ban outright, they will try to insert language that effectively kills it--and worse, legitimizes this abhorrent act of animal cruelty. Animals are counting on you to make sure that doesn't happen.
Your voice matters, especially in an election year. Use it to speak for those with none.