Target: American Veterinary Medical Association
Goal: Stop the cruel and unnecessary surgical procedure household pets face in order to suppress their voices.
Despite the cruel process involved in devocalization, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) still condones this type of surgery to be performed on household pets. Devocalization is a surgical procedure in which a dog or a cat’s vocal cords are cut in order to suppress their voices, making it extremely difficult and painful for them to bark or meow. This procedure not only mutilates poor household pets, but it also robs them of their primary source of communication.
The AVMA condones devocalization because they believe it is the “final alternative” to barking and meowing. The procedure is often a result of an animal’s owner deeming their pet unmanageable due to their constant barking or meowing. Seeing devocalization as a “final alternative” is by no means fair to the animal. Some veterinarians will not even question the methods previously attempted by the owner to train the animal. Owners can come seeking devocalization without training their pets at all and still be able to put their pet through this cruel surgery. This procedure is seen as a quick fix for owners who want to make their dogs stop barking or their cats stop meowing; no effort is needed on the owner’s part in order to have an obedient and quiet pet. Devocalization is also believed to make household pets more desirable because it provides a quiet and peaceful pet. The harsh reality is that devocalization does not save pets nor does it make them more desirable; animals that have been devocalized still end up homeless, abandoned, or euthanized.
In addition to being a cruel and unnecessary surgical procedure, devocalization is dangerous and poses serious health risks that can permanently damage a pet. Even with the most skilled veterinarian and the least invasive type of surgery, devocalization can still result in post-surgery complications. Animals who are forced to undergo this procedure can develop scar tissue in their throats. This makes it extremely difficult for the animals to breathe or swallow. The scar tissue can also cause the animals to suffer from rasping and coughing for the rest of their lives. The procedure is also extremely dangerous because it can damage the animal’s larynx, causing the animal to develop a great risk for inhaling food and liquid into their lungs. The risks involved with devocalizing a household pet are far too great; a pet’s “silence” is not worth their health or their life.
There is no reason why a household pet should be punished and mutilated for using their primary form of communication. There is no ethical reason to cut an animal’s vocal cord for the sole purpose of suppressing their voice. This cruel practice is barbaric and completely unnecessary, and should be stopped immediately. Sign the petition below to urge the American Veterinary Medical Association to stop condoning devocalization.
Dear American Veterinary Medical Association,
By condoning devocalization in household pets, you are encouraging the continued existence of this barbaric practice. Veterinarians are still performing this surgical procedure because your association is sending the message that it is okay to do so. Devocalization is not ethical; it mutilates an animal for the sake of suppressing their voice. There is no medical benefit to devocalizing a pet for the sole purpose of silencing them. A household pet should not have to endure this surgical procedure unless it is the only solution to a physical ailment that endangers the animal’s life.
I am urging you to change your position regarding the devocalization of household pets. I urge you not to condone such a barbaric act that can be considered as animal cruelty. While veterinarians perform devocalization, this does not eliminate the health risks a pet faces if they undergo the surgical procedure. The risks are far too great for a procedure that is unnecessary. Condoning devocalization as a “final alternative” to barking and meowing is extremely unfair to the animal in question. There is no way to fully know if an animal’s owner has tried to make multiple attempts to train their pet or if an owner has bothered to train their pet at all. Please take the action to review your devocalization policy in order to spare household pets from a cruel and unnecessary fate.
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