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Tell Us: Ban Animal Devocalization?

Local elected officials seek ban on vocal chord removal in animals.

Assemb. Chad Lupinacci, R-Huntington Station, and Assemb. Andrew Raia, R-East Northport, recently voted to ban the practice of animal devocalization.

They were joined by the entire Long Island Minority Conference delegation in voting to outlaw the surgical procedure meant to silence a pet's vocalizations, such as debarking or softening the bark in dogs.

“Devocalization of a dog or cat isn’t just a short-term fix, but can create long-term consequences for an animal," said Lupinacci. "Many view their pets as part of the family, and to put them through a potentially life-threatening surgery without medical cause is cruel. I thank my colleagues on behalf of cat and dog lovers everywhere."

“Pets are members of our families that we develop life long bonds with,” said Raia. “It’s a basic moral principle that harm should not be done to anyone or anything for the mere convenience of another. A malicious procedure like devocalizing dogs and cats for the sake of accommodation has no place in our society.”

What do you think? Do you think the procedure is cruel? Do you think it should be banned?

Tell us in the comment section.

Scott March 13, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Are you kidding me? This is obscene! Why because some people can't tolerate a dog barking in the next yard? Too bad. I have to tolerate idiot neighbors and an annoying car stereo place behind my house, blasting music abnd oounding base on Sundays making it impossible to enjoy my back yard in nice weather (they weren't there when I moved in) without the option to removing them from my life. Dog bark, kids cry, that's life. My dogs bark outside, that's how I know there's someone near my property. I swear, if anyone tries this on any my dogs, they'll be in the hospital before the dogs are. No devocalization - in case you didn't get that from my comments.
Eleanor Cawley March 13, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Animals, including cats and birds, warn us when potential danger is near, or even a stranger on your doorstep. When I hear something outside, I know if I should be concerned because of the reaction of our cats. I feel it is cruel and a punishment when we as owners have not done our jobs, to train animals not to bark. There are many safe and responsible ways to train animals, yes even cats, not to bark or howl. I think that we need to be loving and responsible pet owners. In my opinion, most vets worth their salt agree and will not perform this radical surgery!
Sue March 13, 2013 at 04:59 PM
This is even a question? Sounds inhumane.
Steve Bromley March 13, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I will devocalize anyone who comes near my dog. Period.
L P March 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Of course this is inhumane It is stunning that anyone even thought to do such a thing Sounds like Nazi Germany .No devocalization BUT- we need a certain tolerance from suburban folk - especially the ones who make a hobby of complaining about dogs barking........
Gloria Daniti March 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Yes, this is outrageous and inhumane. This practice must be banned! Dogs need their voice to communicate or warn an enemy stay away, etc. Would you do this to a human - no!
Laura Bart March 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM
We should publish the list of veterinarians who practice this for all to see and to make an informed decision as to which vet we should or should not use.
Cynthia A Scudieri March 14, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I agree with you 100%. This is animal cruelty. How about we devocalize some people...who need to get a life and maybe shouldn't own a dog or cat in the first place. I can't even express in words how angry this makes me. These people are insane !
Cynthia A Scudieri March 14, 2013 at 03:58 PM
They should lose their licenses for animal cruelty !
Phoebe Krane March 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I can't believe anyone actually thought of this. It is outrageous! For one thing, a dog barks to warn of danger. How many times have we read of a dog waking up a family when their house was on fire. Anyone who allows their animal to bark constantly to the annoyance of their neighbors should have their pet taken away from them. But to remove their vocal cords - NO, NO, NO!

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