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  • Petitioning Douglas Aspros, DVM, President-elect

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American Veterinary Medical Association
Douglas Aspros, DVM, President-elect
American Veterinary Medical Association
W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, CEO

Tell Veterinarians: Devocalization is Mutilation!

    1. Sue Perry and Karen Mahmud
    2. Petition by

      Sue Perry and Karen Mahmud

It's hard to believe, but some vets actually cut the vocal cords of dogs AND cats just to suppress their voices. We know because it happened to our dogs, a Newfoundland and a Chihuahua, before we adopted them; you can meet them in the video on this page.

We joined with Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, which led the successful campaign to ban devocalization in Massachusetts, to protect other dogs and cats from the needless mutilation ours suffered.

But until the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) changes its policy on devocalization, countless dogs and cats will continue to be subjected to the pain and risks of devocalization just for the “crime” of communicating.

The AVMA sanctions vocal cord surgery as a so-called “final alternative” to euthanasia. That’s absurd.

NO vet is forced to cut healthy vocal cord tissue OR kill a healthy animal for unwanted barking or meowing.Vets are free to refuse BOTH acts of cruelty. But not all vets do. The AVMA policy enables this selfish, dangerous elective surgery.  

That’s why laws are needed.


The AVMA’s policy legitimizes and leaves animals vulnerable to devocalization, an act of cruelty. Read about it here: http://cprpets.weebly.com/avma-devocalization-policy-hurts-animals.html

No vet can possibly know if devocalization is a “final alternative," and some won't ask. Even receipts from a trainer or behaviorist don't mean the advice was followed consistently or at all; devocalization is easier for lazy or impatient people, profitable for vets.

And just as devocalization didn’t keep the dogs we adopted from becoming homeless, it hasn’t prevented the abandonment OR euthanasia of countless other dogs and cats after their vocal cords were cut.

Massachusetts currently has the only enforceable state law to protect all dogs and cats from being subjected to devocalization. Other state laws are smokescreens. Some good legislation was defeated by veterinary associations, which used AVMA’s “final alternative” position to justify this unjustifiable cruelty.


It’s obvious that some vets devocalize dogs and cats because it’s profitable. Others won’t devocalize but oppose banning it anyway. It could be they fear these laws would lead to prohibition of other unnecessary, mutilating surgeries.

Tell the AVMA: There is no ethical reason to cut vocal cords just to stifle an animal’s voice—ever.

Devocalization is an act of cruelty that no animal deserves, no vet should perform, no veterinary association should sanction, and no civilized society should allow.

Meet the HUMANE vets in this video: http://youtu.be/K7MFE7y6xAE

Make sure YOUR vet opposes devocalization too. Talk is cheap. The only sure way to know is by having him/her fill out this form. Don’t be shy. You’re the client. You pay the bills. You have the right to expect your vet to share your humane values. And you also have the right to find another if s/he doesn’t. http://cprpets.weebly.com/veterinary-endorsement-form.html


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Brand New 1-Minute Video - Very Powerful!

      Sue Perry and Karen Mahmud
      Petition Organizer

      Piper gags on food since her vocal cords were cut to "soften" her bark.
      Watch her 1-minute video:

      Life After "Bark Softening"

      Learn the truth about devocalization of dogs & cats, then join with Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets to end it: http://www.stopdevocalizing.weebly.com AND http://www.facebook.com/UnitedAgainstDevocalization


      Sue Perry and Karen Mahmud
      Petition Organizer

      In less than a minute each, these videos tell a powerful story about devocalization.

      Please watch and share them via email and social media! Raising awareness--and shattering myths spun by those who profit from devocalization--is the first step toward protecting dogs and cats from this horrific act of animal cruelty.


      1. Watch and share Kandi's Story: http://youtu.be/xyRJrY_YhX8

      2. Watch and share Duke's Story: http://youtu.be/WX1l-g2Y_y4

      3. LIKE us on Facebook and SHARE our posts to educate the public:

      4. Get your friends to LIKE the page too.The more who do, the greater our impact for animals!

      Devocalized: Kandi's Story

      Learn the truth about devocalization of dogs & cats, then join with Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets to end it: http://www.stopdevocalizing.weebly.com and http://www.facebook.com/UnitedAgainstDevocalization

    4. Information Is Your Power To Protect Animals!

      Sue Perry and Karen Mahmud
      Petition Organizer

      Learn and spread the truth about devocalization.
      1. LIKE this Facebook PAGE: www.facebook.com/UnitedAgainstDevocalization

      2. Invite your friends to LIKE it too.

      3. Also SHARE (don't just LIKE) the posts to circulate them.

      United Against Devocalization

      United Against Devocalization. 3,357 likes · 723 talking about this. Devocalization is an inhumane veterinary procedure in which vocal cords are cut just to alter a dog's or cat's voice. This is a page for caring people who want to speak with one voice so animals won't continue to be robbed of theirs-and their wellbeing and lives.

    5. Reached 100,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Randy Pichardo NEW YORK, NY
      • about 17 hours ago

      Animals should be free in all aspects bark, run everything they should not cut vocal cords to dogs

    • Torrey Hosey MENIFEE, CA
      • 1 day ago

      Train your dog not to speak, you don't need to do this.

    • Milton Farris ROCHESTER, NH
      • 5 days ago

      This is barbaric! Next time someone brings ANY animal in to be 'devocalized', make the owner have it done to his kids or himself as a prerequisite to operating on his animal. Training works if owners get off their azzzes and work it. NO DEVOCALIZATION EVER!

    • Ray Griffin CORNING, NY
      • 8 days ago

      A ridiculous mutilation of an animal. Responsible vets would not perform this alteration.

    • Terri Boyd CORRIGANVILLE, MD
      • 9 days ago

      I absolutely "Love All Animals"


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