Don’t Force Owners to Cut Dogs’ Vocal Cords

Target: Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

Goal: Ban so-called “debarking” procedures that unnecessarily cut a dog’s vocal cords.

A court in Oregon has recently ordered that a couple in a rural part of the state must have their dogs “debarked” as a result of years of excessive noise. The couple, who own a farm and use their six Tibetan and Pyrenean mastiffs to protect their livestock, now must force their dogs to endure a medically unnecessary and invasive surgical procedure that will sever their vocal cords and leave them unable to bark.

The debarking procedure has been already been banned in six states. Animal advocates agree that cutting a dog’s vocal chords is as cruel and inhumane as declawing is for cats, and say that it must be banned nationwide. Dogs who have been debarked sometimes face dire health consequences, such as life-threatening pneumonia, as a result of the operation.

Debarking must be banned to prevent more owners from being forced into surgically altering their dogs, especially when many humane alternatives exist. Sign this petition to tell the governor of Oregon that debarking must be banned before more owners can be pushed into making this heartbreaking and dangerous decision.


Dear Governor Brown,

It is currently legal in the state of Oregon to have a dog’s vocal cords cut to control nuisance barking. This procedure is invasive and, when done to keep dogs quiet, is medically unnecessary. That is why it is particularly shocking that an appeals court would force dog owners to have this operation done, as in the recent case in Grants Pass involving two farmers and their six large dogs. This case is problematic and raises the disturbing question of what would prevent judges from ordering more dog owners from doing the same if they receive complaints from neighbors or property managers.

Debarking is inhumane and is not without risks. Dogs have died of pneumonia or excessive bleeding as a result of this procedure. It is unconscionable to force owners to have their dogs altered in this way, especially when other methods such as proper training are effective.

We urge you to call for an immediate ban on debarking in Oregon so that no other dog owners are forced to cause harm to their pets.


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  1. That judge is an idiot and karma will get him! Oregon residents need to change legislation to make this illegal!! It’s 2017, people!! Wtf????!

  2. renate botzler says:

    Nature treats back now 💪
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Take responsibility for your Being on Earth

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