2/9/10: LANDMARK MA BILL WILL STOP SURGICAL SILENCING OF ANIMALS
ALERT WRITER: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, CPRPets@aol.com
BACKGROUND: Dog breeders and the Mass. Veterinary Medical Assn. (MVMA) are
successfully fighting legislation to stop devocalization — cutting a dog or cat’s vocal cords to stifle or remove their voice. An Act Prohibiting Devocalization, House Bill 344, has been stalled in committee for more than three months. Without immediate action, this humane bill will die.
USE THE PHONE. Ask to speak to Speaker DeLeo’s aide and state your comments. Or, leave a voicemail.
WRITE OR FAX. Do not call! We’ve been told non-MA calls can hurt the bill.
EVERYONE: PERSONALIZE THE SAMPLE COMMENTS BELOW
State why this bill matters to you…and why it should be passed as written, without amendments by special interests that profit from devocalization.
**Legislators state that there is no guarantee emails will be read. We are told aides often delete emails without counting them.**
Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo
ADDRESS: State House, Room 356 / Boston, MA 02133
RE: Please support House Bill 344 and ensure its passage.
Dear Speaker DeLeo:
Please ensure that House Bill 344, An Act Prohibiting Devocalization, passes this session. Special interests that profit from devocalization of dogs and cats want to dilute this humane legislation. I am counting on you to advocate for H.B. 344 — minus any amendments that permit the surgical removal of an animal’s voice.
Devocalization does not benefit animals, but it does pose grave risks for them. One little Pom choked to death after a prominent MVMA veterinarian devocalized her. Others suffer infection, aspiration pneumonia, or breathing difficulties. Some gag on food and water the rest of their lives.
House Bill 344 — as written — stops this unnecessary cruelty. It limits vocal cord surgery to three exclusively ethical situations: To treat disease, injury or congenital abnormality.
Shelter executives testify that devocalized dogs and cats are abandoned just like any others. Tissue regrowth is common, subjecting animals to stress, pain and repeat surgeries. Caretakers unable to pay ongoing costs further
jeopardize animals with surrender or euthanasia.
Surgically silencing an animal for convenience or profit is an act of cruelty. Massachusetts can open the door for other states to introduce equally humane and responsible legislation. Please support this landmark bill to prohibit devocalization.
YOUR FULL NAME
YOUR FULL ADDRESS
**Without your name/address your comments will be thrown away.**
STEP 2: MA RESIDENTS, CALL YOUR STATE REP (BEACON HILL)
TO FIND YOUR MASSACHUSETTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE:
1-800-462-8683 or http://www.wheredoivotema.com
(enter your address, then look for your Rep in General Court)
– Say H.B. 344, An Act Prohibiting Devocalization is a front-burner issue for you!
– Call again every 2 weeks for status of this bill and restate your support.
– Use talking points from sample letter above
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEVOCALIZATION:
Faces Of Devocalization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPoyuMw870
The Unkindest Cut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ADbMoX4aw
Barks Save Lives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7LFHG1RoPM
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in Massachusetts, CPRPets@aol.com
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