Friends Of Animals United NJ/NY (FAUN) Message Board › Thank You for Using Your Voice to Protect Theirs
Vernon Rockville, CT
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You fought a great fight. Thank you for the calls, the cross-posts, the letters of support, the flyers you handed out...the time and effort you took to save dogs and cats from the horrors of devocalization.
Sadly, Majority Leader Skelos chose not to bring the devocalization ban to the Senate floor for a vote.
The state veterinary association, which has been lobbying for over a year to kill the ban, won the battle (but not the war).
Professional associations exist to protect members' business interests. While many veterinarians endorsed the ban apparently enough others are performing this unnecessary surgery that the association felt it important to fight humane legislation prohibiting it.
Shame on the veterinary association: Cruelty should never be a business interest. It should never be an option. And devocalization is undeniably cruel, outlawed in many countries. There is no safe way--or ethical reason--to cut vocal cords with the sole intent of stifling a dog's or cat's voice.
Shame on the NYS Senate: The Massachusetts Legislature took a humane stand; it prohibited devocalization unanimously. New York should have too. Instead, the Senate didn't even give the proposed ban democratic process--a vote.
A growing number of veterinary practices are putting their patients' welfare first and foremost. They don't perform surgery except to treat a physical ailment. And they stand up for humane laws that prohibit convenience and cosmetic procedures. They stand up for animals.
Talk to your vet about joining the ranks of these enlightened practices. You're the client. You pay the bills. You have veterinary choices. That gives you the power to protect all animals, not just your own.
Lawmakers' promises of "support" mean nothing. It's action that counts, and only a handful of Senators took action to bring the ban to the floor.
We'll send you an update in the near future to let you know which lawmakers in both houses to thank--and who stood in the way of protecting defenseless dogs and cats from painful, risky surgery they don't need and can't refuse.
Remember all of them on election day this November.
Meanwhile, take a bow. The NYS Assembly listened to your voice above the roar of special interests, passing the devocalization ban by a whopping 138-4.
Next year, we'll just have to speak louder to the Senate.
Never let lobbies working against humane treatment of animals devocalize you.