Target: Oregon House Representative, Brent Barton
Goal: Ensure a ban on cruel declawing and devocalization of pets is passed without exemptions.
Oregon has the opportunity to become the first state to ban the practice of declawing and devocalizing pets; however, major flaws in the bill require immediate attention. Current exceptions include a misbehaved dog or cat, allowing the procedure to continue with very little interruption from outside sources. Any owner may declaw or devocalize their pet by simply stating its misbehavior. This is unacceptable. Urge Oregon House Representative Brent Barton to revise this initiative immediately and vow to protect innocent animals.
The practice of declawing is currently outlawed in several cities and countries. It is considered highly dangerous and painful and often results in dramatic shifts in behavior. The procedure is commonly compared to that of cutting off a human finger at the first knuckle. Pet owners are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of this awful procedure and further research leaves many horrified.
Should Oregon leave the current bill as is, very little will be accomplished. Owners will still be able to declaw and devocalize their pets by simply pleading a weak case. This major flaw leaves this initiative entirely pointless unless it is immediately revised to remove such vague exceptions and clearly define emergency situations.
Please sign this petition to request the revision of this inadequate measure.
Dear Mr. Barton,
Though the intentions of Oregon’s ban on declawing and devocalization are admirable, it does little to accomplish its goals. Owners will continue to declaw and devocalize their pets and veterinarians will receive little to no regulation. Please revise this initiative immediately and vow to accomplish the goal of protecting pets from unnecessary agony.
Much more detail is necessary to reserve exceptions for emergency cases only and not when an owner simply grows tired of their pet’s behavior. The practices of declawing and devocalization have both proven extremely painful and unnecessary. Both procedures can significantly alter a pet’s behavior and decrease its quality of life.
Given the brutal nature of these procedures, it is of the utmost importance to ensure they rarely take place. A more successful piece of legislation would eliminate vague language and clearly define emergency situations to ensure loopholes are not present. In addition to the protection of pets, it is necessary to give veterinarians clear guidelines to follow. Both medical professionals and the public must be aware of what may or may not take place in special circumstances.
Please revise the current measure to include specifics and ensure Oregon’s pets are protected from harmful and unnecessary procedures.
[Your Name Here]
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