Take a Stand! A Few Minutes of Your Time Can Spare Dogs and Cats Lifelong Misery... or a Terrible Death
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Surgically altering a dog's or cat's voice is always dangerous no matter how it's done or the veterinarian's skill. It has no benefit for animals, not even the false claim of a "secure home." Yet there are vets who perform it anyway and other vets who enable them by defending this cruel convenience surgery.
Some say the decision is between vet and client. What about patients, who suffer the pain and life-threatening risks of surgery they don't need but are helpless to refuse?
Without your humane voice, who will protect them?
No one protected the little Pomeranian who died in terror, gasping for air as he choked on food after a veterinarian cut his vocal cords to "soften" his bark.
No one protected the Siamese cat who inhaled food into his lungs thanks to vocal cord surgery performed just to alter the voice he was born with.
No one protected the Newfoundland whose airway was 50% blocked with scar tissue, a result of the "bark softening" procedure performed by an experienced vet, a go-to practitioner for this surgery.
How to Be Their Voice
►US RESIDENTS: Cutting, clipping, notching or lasering an animal's vocal cord tissue, whether through the open mouth or an incision in the neck, is always dangerous, exposing animals to lifelong anguish or horrific death. When performed just to stifle barking or meowing, it's always inhumane. But powerful lobbies with a financial interest in this convenience surgery fight enforceable legislation intended to prohibit it.
One common way veterinary and breeding associations defeat good proposed laws is by influencing legislators to add sneaky loopholes. This can be done any time before the legislation is enacted, even during the final vote on the floor. Loopholes legitimize as well as keep devocalization ("bark softening," "voice reduction") legal. And bad laws are far worse for animals than no law. That's why concerned animal care and rescue professionals must take a stand or this cruelty will never end. It's quick. It's easy. And dogs' and cats' lives depend on it. Here's what you can do:
Veterinarians and vet techs can join the growing list of concerned veterinary professionals who support enactment of enforceable devocalization bans by submitting this simple form.
Animal rescue and care providers--shelters, rescue groups and advocacy organizations, Animal Control Officers, and animal training and behavior specialists--can submit this form.
Pet owners--urge your vet, dog trainer and the shelters in your community to submit these easy online forms and take a humane stand for animals. You can contact us to see if they followed through.
BE PREPARED! Some may support devocalization because they are uninformed. Others may do it to defend their own or friends' business interests. ClickHEREfor the information you need to respond effectively.
►CARING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." Help put devocalization under the glare of public scrutiny to end it.
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