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ACT: Voices Stolen - AVMA Devocalization Policy Will Hurt Dogs And Cats



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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has historically sanctioned devocalization, cutting vocal cords just to stifle a dog or cat’s voice. A dangerous, painful surgery even in the hands of qualified vets, devocalization is brutal punishment for the "crime" of communication. No vet should ever do this to an animal. No veterinary association should ever condone it. But the AVMA does.

Despite public outcry, AVMA’s Executive Board has proposed a new policy that will entrench veterinary support for this inhumane, unnecessary surgery. And that ensures dogs and cats will continue to be mutilated.

AVMA’s proposed policy is up for vote within the first week of January 2013!
Take time to do as many action steps below as you can. Don’t just do the auto letter alone. It’s not enough. Your extra effort can spare dogs and cats from the cruelest cut.

1. GET THE FACTS

CLICK HERE to read about AVMA’s policy and what concerned vets propose as an alternative.

AVMA’s policy protects veterinary, breeding and animal research industries that profit from devocalization — but not animals who undergo needless surgery with long-term risk for breathing and swallowing problems, gagging, coughing…or even death. Animals may suffer pain, stress and repeat surgeries.
2. CALL AND FAX AVMA

  • phone: 1-847-285-6618
    or 1-800-248-2862, ext. 7

  • fax: 1-847-925-1329

Weekdays, 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, CTS

Be calm, brief and polite. Tell AVMA to take an unequivocal stand against devocalization. Use SAMPLE LETTER for more talking points.

4. POST ON FACEBOOK

ACT NOW TO END INHUMANE VETERINARY POLICY. American Veterinary Medical Assn. soon votes on a policy that will protect veterinary, breeding and animal-testing profits, but leave dogs/cats vulnerable to mutilation. Call/Fax/Email/Tweet. Tell AVMA: "Stop justifying cruelty. No vet should cut vocal cords to stifle a dog or cat’s voice! No veterinary association should condone it." MORE: tinyurl.com/avma-policy-hurts- animals
5. TWEET MESSAGE

Hey @AVMAvets: Stop justifying dog/cat #devocalization. It's always dangerous, always cruel. RT

Hey @AVMAvets: #Devocalized dogs/cats r given up, euthanized like any other. Don't justify this cruel surgery. RT

Hey @AVMAvets: #Devocalization=Cruelty 4 Cash. Don't justify it! RT
Stella struggled to breathe after devocalized. Scar 
tissue blocked her 
airway. Stella is mute.
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Dear Drs. DeHaven and Aspros,

Devocalization — the cutting of vocal cord tissue just to alter or remove a dog or cat’s voice — is widely considered an act of animal cruelty even when performed by a veterinarian.

Compassionate people everywhere urge the AVMA to join animal shelters, advocacy groups and caring veterinarians who oppose use of vocal cord surgery as behavioral intervention.

Attitudes about animals have evolved, including awareness that surgery to mask behavior is patently cruel. We hope AVMA will evolve too.

At present, AVMA is poised to vote on a policy that will hurt more animals.

The proposed position condones devocalization if used as a "final alternative." It is unacceptable for any animal to undergo a needless procedure with long-term risk for breathing and swallowing problems, gagging, coughing, pain and corrective surgeries. Moreover, no vet can possibly know if a guardian pursued proper care, along with all other options. AVMA’s position legitimizes vocal cord surgery merely to stifle an animal’s voice, a choice that is never humane.

And sadly, devocalization does not ensure a home for any dog or cat. In some cases, it has led to euthanasia or abandonment.

I urge AVMA to adopt the humane position of concerned veterinarians who oppose vocal cord surgery under all circumstances, except to treat a life-threatening physical ailment like cancer.

AVMA should advise the public that vocal cord surgery is always dangerous and never an acceptable way to cope with barking or meowing. As part of this humane position, AVMA ought to stress wise selection of dog or cat types, responsible sheltering and training, and the lifetime commitment involved in their care.

This stance encourages compassionate and conscientious stewardship of companion animals. Sanctioning devocalization does not.

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ALERT TARGETS
W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, CEO
American Veterinary Medical Association
email: rdehaven@avma.org
ph: 800-248-2862, ext 6775
SOURCE: smrb.od.nih.gov/documents/meetings/comments/2011/AAVMC-AVMA_02232011.pdf

Douglas Aspros, DVM, President-elect
American Veterinary Medical Association
email: daspros@bondanimalhospital.com
ph: 914-949-8860; fax: 914-949-3478
Bond Animal Hospital
250 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
SOURCE: www.bondanimalhospital.com/drasproscv.html

CALL/FAX AVMA
Weekdays, 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Central Standard Time
phone: 1-847-285-6618 or 1-800-248-2862, ext. 7
fax: 1-847-925-1329


For the animals’ sake, be calm, brief and polite. Tell AVMA it’s high time to take an unequivocal stand against devocalization; cutting vocal cords to stifle a dog or cat’s voice is an act of cruelty that no vet should ever perform, no veterinary association should ever condone.

American Veterinary Medical Association
Headquarters
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
ph: 800-248-2862; fax: 847-925-1329

American Veterinary Medical Association
Governmental Relations Division
1910 Sunderland Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1642
ph: 800-321-1473; fax: 202-842-4360
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ACT NOW TO END DOG/CAT DEVOCALIZATION. On 1/3/13, American Veterinary Medical Assn. votes on a policy that will protect veterinary, breeding and animal-testing profits, but leave dogs/cats vulnerable to mutilation. Call/Fax/Email/Tweet. Tell AVMA: "Stop justifying cruelty. No vet should cut vocal cords to stifle a dog or cat’s voice! No veterinary association should condone it." MORE INFO: http://tinyurl.com/avma-policy-hurts- animals

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Hey @AVMAvets: Stop justifying dog/cat #devocalization. It's always dangerous, always cruel. RT

Hey @AVMAvets: #Devocalized dogs/cats r given up&euthanized like any other. Don't justify this cruel surgery. RT

Hey @AVMAvets: #Devocalization=Cruelty 4 Cash. Don't justify it! RT

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