Applaud New Law Giving Pets a Voice

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Target: Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland

Goal: Encourage pet owners to find humane solutions for troubled, noisy pets

A bill recently passed in Maryland that will ban owners from forcing their pets to get vocal-cord removal surgery so the animal cannot make loud noises. Many owners feel very confused and frustrated when his or her dog barks incessantly; owners often feel that surgery is the best option. However, vocal-cord altering surgeries come with risks during and after the surgery. This legislation is a huge step forward for animal rights; it allows companion animals to have a voice.

Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland recently signed this bill into law. The motivation was simple: owners should try and understand their pets better and attend their needs, rather than stifle the animals’ pleads for attention. Many animals make a lot of noise; domesticated cats and dogs are no exception. With noise levels in range depending on the breed, exercise requirements, discomfort etc., cats and dogs use their voice to communicate. Without this necessary communication tool animals become frustrated, and dogs may resort to biting because their warnings or frustrations cannot be communicated.

Of course, there are some legislators who believe that Maryland should allow owners to have their pets vocal cords removed. These arguments stem from frustrated owners who, if they cannot have the surgery performed, will ditch their pet at an animal shelter. This is a legitimate concern, though could be combated with frequent and in depth encouragement for owners to communicate more efficiently with their pets. Animals do not make a lot of noise for no reason; there is always a reason for incessant barking or mewing. The dog may not be getting adequate exercise and the cat may have a legitimate discomfort that needs medical attention.

This bill is a necessary milestone for Maryland. Owners must find more efficient ways to communicate with their pets and work harder at satisfying their needs. This bill will help companion animals be understood; this accomplishment is so important for the future of companion animals.


Dear Gov. Martin O’Malley,

I am writing to extend my appreciations for the newly signed bill that will ban pet owners from having their pet’s vocal cords removed. This is a monumental step in companion animal rights and I sincerely thank you.

Owners should not be allowed to simply have their pet’s vocal cords removed because the pet’s noise is incessant. There is always a reason that the animal makes a ton of noise, and this will hopefully encourage animal owners to strive to better understand their pet. Animals everywhere need a helping hand wherever they can get it; know that you are helping the companion animals of Maryland become well understood. This, sir, is phenomenal and so important. Thank you.


[Your Name Here]

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