An important message from Animal Advocates of Western New York Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets and New York State Humane Association
Tell Your Vet: It's Time to Support Prohibition of Dog/Cat Devocalization. This Form Makes it Quick and Easy!
(Left to right) Drs. Holly Cheever, Alex Klein, Eric Dougherty and Ina Obernesser are among the New York State vets who signed our endorsement form supporting prohibition of elective voice-altering surgery. Your vet should join them!
Some vets cut vocal cord tissue to stifle dogs' and cats' voices, commonly called devocalization. Others enable this risky elective surgery by defending it, even trivializing it as "bark softening."
And veterinary associations fight laws intended to prohibit it by pushing loopholes. Many vets don't want the state telling them what they can't do, including risky, non-therapeutic surgery animals are helpless to refuse.
Loopholes can be added to pending legislation at any time--& would create a sham law that legitimizes as well as allows this act of cruelty.
Unless humane NY vets step up, that's the only kind of devocalization law the state legislature will pass.
►LEARN about the danger of the New York devocalization bill HERE.
HERE'S THE BEST WAY TO BRING YOUR VET ON BOARD
Your vet may oppose devocalization. But it's unlikely he or she will tell their veterinary association that--even with a promise to you. (Would you confront your professional association?)
A personal appeal is best. Visit if you can. Or call. It's much harder for your vet to say "no" to you in person or on the phone than to simply ignore an email or letter.
YOUR VET DOESN'T EMAIL? NO PROBLEM! JUST DO THIS:
1) Print the form (or contact us for a PDF) & bring it to your vet. Have him/her fill it out. You can transfer the data to the online form from your own computer, phone or iPad. Hit "submit" & you're done. OR 2) Your vet can complete the form on your laptop, phone or iPad while you wait. It's very short, quick, easy. And important.
Sending endorsements to one central location, our website, is the best way to collect the critical mass of veterinary support needed to prohibit elective vocal cord surgery.
It's how we passed good devocalization bans in other states.
Help us protect the innocent dogs and cats in yours.