For those who've called NYS lawmakers before to support A3431D, the proposed devocalization ban, thank you. Here's why your voice is needed again, joined by many more.
A key committee is voting on A3431D on Tuesday--and lobbies that profit from devocalization are exerting pressure to kill it or change the language so it allows and legitimizes the very act of cruelty it was intended to prohibit. Every humane voice is essential to counter them.
If the commitee passes A3431D as we hope, the support of the Assembly Speaker and your own Assemblymember will be needed to ensure it becomes an enforceable law.
Cutting a dog's or cat's vocal cords just to have a "quiet" pet, known as devocalization, is so patently cruel--even when performed by a veterinarian--it's illegal in many countries and since 2010 in Massachusetts. It's high time for New York State to step up.
Devocalized animals face tragic consequences without any benefit, not even a secure home. The "lucky" ones struggle to breathe, and cough and gag persistently, the rest of their lives. Others die horribly when they choke on food or inhale vomit into their lungs.
PLEASE CALL ALL 3 OFFICES ON MONDAY, JUNE 4. -Please say the message, including the bill number/letter, exactly as provided below. -Let your own Assemblymember know you're one of his/her constituents. -If you get voicemail, call till you can speak with an aide. Don't give up! -Be brief and polite; don't argue with aides.
Assemblymember Joe Lentol at 518-455-4477. He chairs the committee voting on A3431D. Though a very humane lawmaker, he needs to know you care about this issue!
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at 518-455-3791. His support is essential to bring A3431D to the floor for a vote by the full Assembly.
Your Own NYS Assemblymember, whose vote for this humane law on the floor is also essential. Don’t know who he or she is? Just type in your address here.
What to Say: “I’d like Speaker Silver/the Assemblymember to ensure A3431D, prohibiting devocalization, becomes law this session as written. An enforceable law is very important to me. I'll be following it!”