Don’t Force Owners to Cut Dogs’ Vocal Cords

Target: Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

Goal: Ban so-called “debarking” procedures that unnecessarily cut a dog’s vocal cords.

A court in Oregon has recently ordered that a couple in a rural part of the state must have their dogs “debarked” as a result of years of excessive noise. The couple, who own a farm and use their six Tibetan and Pyrenean mastiffs to protect their livestock, now must force their dogs to endure a medically unnecessary and invasive surgical procedure that will sever their vocal cords and leave them unable to bark.

The debarking procedure has been already been banned in six states. Animal advocates agree that cutting a dog’s vocal chords is as cruel and inhumane as declawing is for cats, and say that it must be banned nationwide. Dogs who have been debarked sometimes face dire health consequences, such as life-threatening pneumonia, as a result of the operation.

Debarking must be banned to prevent more owners from being forced into surgically altering their dogs, especially when many humane alternatives exist. Sign this petition to tell the governor of Oregon that debarking must be banned before more owners can be pushed into making this heartbreaking and dangerous decision.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Brown,

It is currently legal in the state of Oregon to have a dog’s vocal cords cut to control nuisance barking. This procedure is invasive and, when done to keep dogs quiet, is medically unnecessary. That is why it is particularly shocking that an appeals court would force dog owners to have this operation done, as in the recent case in Grants Pass involving two farmers and their six large dogs. This case is problematic and raises the disturbing question of what would prevent judges from ordering more dog owners from doing the same if they receive complaints from neighbors or property managers.

Debarking is inhumane and is not without risks. Dogs have died of pneumonia or excessive bleeding as a result of this procedure. It is unconscionable to force owners to have their dogs altered in this way, especially when other methods such as proper training are effective.

We urge you to call for an immediate ban on debarking in Oregon so that no other dog owners are forced to cause harm to their pets.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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18 Comments

  1. A Fucking barbaric procedure!

  2. DONNA WARNER DONNA WARNER says:

    I PRAY EVERYDAY THAT GOD SENDS A PLAGUE SO HORRIBLE THAT IT WIPES OUT EVERYONE THAT EATS, TORTURERS, RAPES, STARVES TO DEATH, MAIMS, SKINS ALIVE, CATS, DOGS, HORSES, WOLVES OR ANY ANIMAL! PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH DOG FIGHTING! PEOPLE WHO TORTURE ANIMALS AND SELL FOR GREED! THOSE THAT HAVE NO COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS, AND THOSE THAT KILL FOR EVIL REASONS! IN JESUS NAME I PRAY!

  3. YOU THE OWNERS OF THESE DOGS, DO NOT DEBARK THEM, REFUSE TO DO SUCH EVIL HARM TO YOUR DOGS AS THIS IS ANIMAL ABUSE & THE STATE OF OREGAN ARE CRUEL ANIMAL ABUSERS, THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO DEMAND THAT YOU DEBARK YOUR DOGS AS THIS IS A CRIMINAL ACT,DO NOT DO IT.

  4. Carol Green says:

    One thing the writer of this petition forgot to mention is that the dogs would be rendered useless as working dogs if they could not bark at predators and alert the owners and the livestock they are there to protect. As I understand the situation, it’s neighbors who are complaining of the barking. Who knows how many times these working dogs’ barking chased away a coyote or bobcat that may have been stalking their own animals.

  5. michelle taylor says:

    We need to debark the vile bastards who advocate dog debarking.These dog hating uneducated bastards mustbe taught a permanent lesson!!!! OH YES!!!!Oregon is the crap USA state.Boycott it!! Lets make these animal abusing bastards go bankrupt!!!!

  6. This is totally obscene!!!

  7. Alice Knight please says:

    I cannot believe this act of cruelty is even practised! This is a violation upon an animals life. This is another form of controlling nature’s balance to appease the human. A dog barks, a lion roars, birds sing and humans speak.
    Lilypearl

  8. Wonders if anyone has informed the Judge/Magistrate that even after Debarking a dog is still capable of the act of “barking” it just comes out sounding like their a three pack a day smoker instead so if he/she thinks that enforcing these dogs to have this procedure will bring about a silent end to this court case then they are being sorely misled…

  9. I agree with ALL of the above statements. This is against the LAW! DON’T DO IT! What comes around goes around, and sooner or later you’ll get what is coming to you too! HOPEFULLY, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!

  10. Sherry Akridge says:

    What kind of a monster would order such a thing to be done? It should be criminal for anyone to do that to a dog!! Oregon needs help, if they think that is a solution! Monsters torturing animals!

  11. Reuel Sherwood says:

    FIRST: The “Judge” can not possible have any right to order animal mutilation
    SECOND: For attempting to overstep any possible legality, the “Judge” himself should be forced to undergo the same procedure

  12. THEY BETTER GET A VERY GOOD LAWYER THAT CAN WIPE THE FLOOR WITH THESE EVIL DEMONS!!!! JUDGE INCLUDED! THEY EXIST, JUST GOTTA FIND ONE!

  13. This is horrible. I certainly will NEVER visit a state that would allow this to happen.

  14. Stupid idea! These are guard dogs and need their voice to alert their owners to intruders. This is a monstrous idea. You might be glad of them one day.

  15. Ridiculous and barbaric,do not do this evil

  16. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    debarking doesn’t work cause its just the cause of problems. its genetic for dog to bark.

  17. This barbaric, inhumane, abusive, cruel and horrific! What insane person even thought of this sickening thing! What sadistic person would even do this!

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