Have you ever heard a devocalized dog try to bark or a devocalized cat meow? The sound may be similar to that of the cough of your 75-year-old uncle Harry who continues to smoke three packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day, or the wheezing noises made by your asthmatic cousin Sue.
They’re not pleasant sounds. More importantly, they’re not healthy sounds, because devocalization can be a harmful, even dangerous procedure. The fact that it’s a painful procedure goes without saying. And after the operation, scar tissue called webbing may form, making it difficult for the animals to eat, drink, and even breathe.
So why would anyone devocalize a dog or cat? Generally speaking, not just “anyone” engages in this practice; mostly it’s breeders who opt for the procedures. Breeders often have the animals in their charge devocalized so they won’t disturb their neighbors. Then they try to sell those same animals to unsuspecting potential animal guardians.
Check out the video below produced by the Coalition to Protect @ Rescue Pets (CPR). This short film provides a realistic overview of the issues surrounding not just the dogs themselves, but also the people who adopt, rescue, and care for these animals.
The good news is that Logan’s Law, a bill recently passed in Massachusetts, now bans devocalization thanks to the grass roots efforts of CPR and the bill written by Laura Allen, Esq., executive director of the Animal Law Coalition. The even better news is that Logan’s Law inspired U.S. Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD), to draft federal bill HR 5422, legislation that would make states that ban canine and feline devocalization eligible for federal grants of up to $1 million to prevent all forms of animal cruelty.
And the best news for ordinary people like you and me is that CPRPets has joined with Animal Law Coalition, to provide free materials for individuals and groups that want to file similar legislation in their states.
For more information, contact CPRPets@aol.com. To learn more about HR 5422 and for more information on devocalization, click here.