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Outlaw Devocalizing of Cats and Dogs
  • Petitioned Tom Vilsack

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US Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack

Outlaw Devocalizing of Cats and Dogs

    1. Bryan D. Freehling
    2. Petition by

      Bryan D. Freehling

      Wilton Manors, FL

Massachusetts became the first state in the US to outlaw de-vocalizing of animals on July 21, 2010.  De-vocalization of animals is an exceptionally dangerous procedure commonly referred to as "De-barking."

In short, de-vocalizing an animal involves cutting its vocal chords thus silencing the barking or meowing.  Aside from causing significant trauma, scar tissue forms and often inhibiting the animal's ability to breathe resulting in suffocation and ultimately death.

In Massachusetts, the new law applies to cats and dogs, and violators may be fined or sentenced to prison for up to five years.

Please sign this petition urging your politician to work on legislation which would permanently outlaw this inhumane practice.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kyle Hawes HON, HI
      • 9 months ago

      This is a good law maybe they should also take the Violators out and De Vocalize them for there Punishment

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."

      -- Abraham Lincoln

      "One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them."

      -- Martin Luther King, Jr

      "Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude toward those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect, human kind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it."

      -- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

      "Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest."

      -- Lloyd Biggle Jr.

      I don't hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.

      -- Brigid Brophy

    • Kirsten Lambert LITTLESTOWN, PA
      • 11 months ago

      No one has the right to take away these animals only form of communication. It makes me sick that so many people think this is okay.

    • Lana marie graham STAYNER, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      animals matter

    • Monica Rodriguez ODESSA, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      This process is completely unnecessary and inhumane! Devocalizing an animal for doing what comes natural to them would be just like telling anyone of us that we are no longer able to speak our minds! It is taking our ability to speak away. Taking an animals ability to speak or alert their owner or someone to their needs or danger is a vital part of their survival. On top of that, you devocalize the animal you kill them anyways due to the process itself! Inhumane!


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