Ban Dog and Cat Devocalization in Rhode Island
  • Petitioned Rhode Island State Senate

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Rhode Island State Senate

Ban Dog and Cat Devocalization in Rhode Island

    1. Pamela Black
    2. Petition by

      Pamela Black

      Lapeer, MI

Two Rhode Island cities currently have ordinances prohibiting dog and cat devocalization: East Providence and Warwick. Senate Bill 266 would extend the law to cover the entire state. A growing number of veterinarians condemn the surgical procedure of devocalization.

The procedure is not only unnecessary in most cases but can also be dangerous to human safety. There is a preference for guard and attack dogs to be quiet. Without hearing a warning growl or bark from one of these dogs, people can unknowingly put themselves into danger.

Dogs bark and cats meow to express a multitude of behaviors: illness, boredom, stress, pain, as an alert signal, and as a defense are a few reasons. Taking away the ability to vocalize does not take away the problem. Devocalization merely addresses the symptom, not the behavior. When the behavior fails to improve, these pets wind up in animal shelters. The surgery often causes new health problems that require further treatment and additional surgeries, something many people are not willing to provide.

Rhode Island has the opportunity to be the 5th state with devocalization laws. Tell legislators to vote YES on SB 266.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Pamela Black
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep the pressure on! The bill is being held up, likely in the hopes that it will die in committee. The committee recommends the bill be held for further study. Not sure what study is needed when both East Providence and Warwick already have laws on the books, that should be precedence enough for the rest of the state.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Rhode Island Seeks to Hush Pet Devocalization

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Following the lead of Massachusetts, a number of states and communities are realizing that surgical devocalization of dogs and cats results in more harm than good. Yes, even cats are being punished for meowing.
      Devocalization is a surgical procedure...


    Reasons for signing

    • Pat Reily BR, LA
      • over 3 years ago

      Anyone with problems with those pesky old animal sounds may feel free to come by my house and I'll poke out your eardrums with a sterile icepick. Problem solved! and it's a much less invasive surgery!

    • Bonnie Wren BOTHELL, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am amazed that any licensed veterinarian would even consider performing such an atrocity upon any animal! It is heartening though, that more and more pet owners are becoming aware of the harm done by this type of surgery and are opting not to subject their dogs and cats to this barbaric procedure!

    • larry coffey SANTA MARIA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      here's another moronic is not humane...lots of people talk too much but unfortunately, we cannot de-vocalize them...

    • Patrick M. Donovan BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      The basic issue is simple: "The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" (Jeremy Bentham, philosopher and animal rights activist; 1748-1832.)

      • over 3 years ago

      This is so crazy!


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