United Against Devocalization is a campaign of Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets. The NYS initiative is co-spnsored by Animal Advocates of Western New York and New York State Humane Association.
Where Does Your NYS Senator Stand on Devocalization of Dogs and Cats?
In 2012, a proposed NYS law would have prohibited the cruel practice of cutting vocal cords just to stifle a dog's or cat's voice. But it died in the Senate. Don't let that happen again!
The current Senate bill, S2271, will spare dogs and cats statewide the anguish of devocalization--only if your state Senator advocates for its enactment as introduced, without amendments.
It's your job as a constituent to make sure he or she does. Scroll down to see who has.
IF PRO-DEVOCALIZATION LOBBIES WIN, ANIMALS LOSE! HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS:
st, find your NY State Senator (in Albany not Washington) by clicking here. Then pick up the phone; calls are more effective than emails. Ask for the legislative director; if he or she isn't available, speak with an aide.
Urge your Senator to co-sponsor S2271.
Ask that your Senator ALSO send a support memo to Senate leadership asking that S2271 be enacted as introduced, without amendments. Co-sponsorship alone isn't enough to pass a viable devocalization ban.
Explain that as a constituent, you'd like the Senator to represent your interest in prohibiting devocalization, an act of cruelty (scroll down for talking points)--and because it is important to you, you will be following S2271 closely.
Be sure to:
Be brief and polite.
Request a copy of the support memo for your files. Follow up with the aide (jot down his or her name) till you receive it.
Calls are quicker and more effective than emails. But if you must email, put this in the subject line: Constituent Urges Your Support of S2271 As Introduced
Why is enactment "as introduced" essential? Groups whose members profit from devocalization, an inhumane convenience surgery, are lobbying to kill the bill outright OR by adding loopholes like a "final alternative" exemption. That would cause even more dogs and cats to have their vocal cords cut for the "crime" of communicating. ► Learn about other loopholes that hurt animals by clicking here.
WHICH SENATORS HAVE STEPPED UP AGAINST DEVOCALIZATION? Sen. Mark Grisanti introduced S2271. Five co-sponsors have signed on to date: Senators Tony Avella, Terry Gipson, Liz Krueger, Jose Serrano and Toby Stavisky. If you're a constituent, call or email to say thanks.
And who has refused: When asked, Sen. Greg Ball declined to co-sponsor or send a support memo for S2271; he also declined these requests in 2012. If you're his constituent, let him know you're disappointed.
TALKING POINTS: BE AN INFORMED ADVOCATE
Vocal cord surgery should be allowed ONLY to treat a PHYSICAL ailment causing the dog or cat medical harm. Any other reason is an act of cruelty.
Allowing devocalization as a "final alternative" is unenforceable and meritless, a loophole that will cause more animals to be hurt by making this act of cruelty a socially as well as legally acceptable option.
NO vet can know--some don't care--if devocalization is a last or first resort. Cutting vocal cords is easier for lazy pet owners, profitable for their vets. Only the animal suffers.
Vets board-certified in surgery, anesthesiology and internal medicine say devocalization is always dangerous, regardless of who performs it or how. Even a little scarring, a normal outcome of any surgery, can be deadly when it forms in the throat.
Shelters and rescue groups say devocalization does NOT keep animals from being surrendered or euthanized. People who select, care for and train animals responsibly and make a lifetime commitment to them do.