Logan’s Law, the law that bans devocalization of dogs and cats went into effect in Massachusetts this week!
USA Today, Reuters, the Boston Herald, boston.com, Metrowest Daily News, msnbc.com, and the bostonchannel.com, among others, have covered the new law.Â Opponents, typically commercial breeders andÂ research labs, have made comments following these articles, spreading disinformation about devocalization. There is also a poll!Â Â Â
Take the poll and leave comments in support of the new law. Even if you don’t live in Massachusetts, you can weigh in anyway on the cruelty of devocalization!
Go here to learn how you can join Animal Law Coalition and the grass roots Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets in aÂ campaign to ban devocalization of dogs and cats in others states and also help pass a federal bill, H.R. 5422,Â that would give money to states that ban devocalization that can be used for animal welfare programs.Â Â
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Without Your Voice, They Have None!
The law is named for Logan, a proud show dog whose breeder had his vocal cords cut to stifle his voice–then dumped him when he stopped winning blue ribbons. Gayle Fitzpatrick rescued Logan and told a crowd at a rally in Boston on July 21 to celebrat the new law, "Logan didn’t deserve this. No animal does. I am grateful to the Legislature and Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets for banning this cruelty, and honored that the law was named for our Logan. You have given him back the voice that was stolen from him in life."
What to Say–In Your Words.
- Cutting vocal cords to suppress a dog or cat’s voice is cruel.
- It does NOT prevent abandonment or euthanasia–good people who choose, care for and train their animals responsibly and humanely do.
- Massachusetts stateÂ legislators are to be commended for their compassion and vision.
- All states should ban the selfish, greedy and cruel practice of devocalization.
So Who Would Devocalize aÂ Dog or Cat Anyway?
Devocalization is almost always ordered by those who keep many animals for profit or hobby. Breeders and sled-dog racers order it when they–or authorities–won’t tolerate the sound of their many animals. Show dog exhibitors order it to keep dogs quiet in the ring or in transit between shows. Research labs don’t want to hear the animals they are using for experiments.
Some veterinarians profit from this cruel convenience surgery.
Devocalizing does not mean an animal isÂ less likely to be abandoned or surrendered Just the opposite.Â Â The Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets says, "Nearly all the devocalized dogs we’ve foundÂ were adopted after their breeders, who ordered the surgery, dumped them."
Devocalization canÂ requireÂ multiple surgeries if tissue grows back. ItÂ also results inÂ scar tissue and can meanÂ health complications for the animal. Owners who do this to their animals are more likely to get rid of them if there are too many costly surgeries orÂ health problems.
Devocalization does not address the underlying behavior that may be causing the barking or crying. The reason for the barking or crying, whether fear, boredom, stress, will continue and escalate, andÂ a devocalized dog or catÂ may act out in other ways, including by biting, and as a result, end up in the pound.Â Â
Shame on these selfish, cruel people… the vets who devocalize for them…and the veterinary associationsÂ lobbying against humane laws that would protect dogs and cats from this cruelty. Would you entrust your best friend to a vet who sanctions medically unnecessary surgery?
Meet devocalized dogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPoyuMw870
Hear what animal experts say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ADbMoX4aw