Stop Maiming Dogs by Removing Their Vocal Cords

Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Goal: Prohibit non-therapeutic devocalization of dogs in Canada.

Against veterinary recommendations, people are allowed to debark dogs in Canada. While individual vets can refuse this elective surgery, there are no legal repercussions for the people who choose to maim their dogs in this way. Sign this petition and call upon the government to instate laws that protect canines from this invasive and unnecessary surgery.

Excessive barking is often the result of improper care and training from dog owners, and comes from anxiety, boredom, poor socialization, and isolation. It is people’s responsibility to address the underlying causes of barking and not surgically alter their dogs because it is convenient.

Dogs endure post-operative pain, and also run risks of coughing, gagging, and aspiration pneumonia. They also run the risk of dyspnea (respiratory distress) and stridor (or noisy breathing). Furthermore, a dog’s bark can return to normal a few months following the operation, putting the dog at risk of being tortured a second time.

Dogs bark to communicate with each other. It has also been suggested that barking has evolved to include dog-to-human communication. This is how companion animals express happiness, anger, and how they protect us. Join this petition so we can protect them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

The fact that people can surgically remove their dog’s vocal cords is a shocking reminder of Canada’s pathetic animal welfare laws. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association strongly advocates against non-therapeutic devocalization, and yet the government does nothing to legally protect companion animals.

While individual provinces may put restrictions on this barbaric act, the federal government needs to follow other leading countries such as the United Kingdom and the European Union and prohibit debarking at a national level.

Excessive barking is often the cause of poor care and training on behalf of dog owners, and the animals should not be made to suffer because of human error. Debarking does not benefit the animal, but is done purely for human convenience, and the dogs are exposed to numerous post-surgery complications that reduce their quality of life.

I urge you, as the elected representative of the people of Canada, to stand up for animal welfare. Stop the non-therapeutic devocalization of dogs. This one act will have a significant impact on the lives of many animals in the country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Scott Campbell

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106 Comments

  1. Shellie Ljungquist says:

    This is horrendous! What vet would do this? If you don’t want a pet that barks get a FISH!!! 🤬

  2. WTF are you assholes doing? I think maybe your VOCAL CORDS SHOULD BE RIPPED OUT OF YOUR FILTHY PIE HOLES. PEOPLE LIKE YOU AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH TO BREATH AIR. THIS IS FUCKING SELF CENTEREDNESS, who the HELL do you FUCKERS THINK YOU ARE?? EVERYONE OF YOU NEED TO DO SOME JAIL TIME. THIS NEEDS TO BE OUTLAWED NOW. YOU ARE NOTHING BUT CRUEL SLIMMY SLUGS OF THE WORST KIND…ENJOY YOUR CHAT WITH GOD AT THE END OF YOUR LIVES, THESE DOGS DON’T FUCKING BELONG TO YOU THEY BELONG TO GOD AND YOU’RE TAKING THEIR VOICES AWAY. F ALL OF YOU….

  3. Cindy Miller says:

    if u don’t like the barking don’t get a dog because this is inhumane & should be outlawed.

  4. Tania Connor says:

    Disturbing barbaric practice . . If you dont like a dog barking dont get one . Disgusting .make this vile procedure illegal .

  5. Lesa Jacobsen says:

    This is BARBARIC. This is mutiliation!! No animal should be subject to this, and it isn’t reversible!!! Stupid people shouldn’t be enabled, they should be required to get TRAINING if they request this procedure. Make this ILLEGAL. NOW.

  6. Same goes for declawing a cat. Especially if the cat goes outside. You are removing its defenses. I was a vet assistant for years. I saw the surgeries and the aftermath of declawing and dewclaw removals on puppies that were only days old. Same with tail docking. That serves basically no purpose except aesthetics. If you don’t like a dog that barks, get another pet. If you don’t like a cat that may snag your sweater or scratch the rug, get another pet. These are living creatures. Not status symbols or accessories like a leather handbag. People really are the most selfish creatures on the planet.

  7. Carolyn Douglas says:

    Everyone who thinks this horror is a good thing needs to suffer the same. IMO

  8. YOU PEOPLE ARE DEMENTEED AND SADISTIC TO DO THIS!!! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH YOU???? OR JUST PURE EVIL!!!

  9. Jill Lawrence says:

    Ii really believe that the people who do this and other horrendous things to animals should be set fire to. They are just pure evil

  10. Pamela Hengst says:

    Such a ridiculous practice! Like declawing cats, vocal cord removal is for the convenience of lazy, stupid humans! I believe the practice of vocal cord removal and declawing of cats should both be illegal. Veterinarians must refuse to perform these horrible surgeries! Both take away a vital defense mechanism!

  11. I expect better from Canada. This is horrendous. Please stop this now!

  12. Any vet who does this procedure is evil and has no respect or love for animals whatsoever. He is in this work purely for the money and in my opinion should be stripped of his title immediately.

  13. This is a dogs way of comunicating!! How could anyone do this to a precious dog!! Ban this now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Zara Tubman says:

    How about stopping some People from talking. Dogs have the right to bark. Like People have the right to talk.

  15. This is barbaric treatment and who ever engages in this method needs to be held accountable to the fullest degree of the law…Let’s start ripping out people’s vocal cords and shutting their pie hole! A dog BARKS for a reason idiots, how can they properly warn you if you silence them…Fuktards ! Work with your dog , train them , commit to working with them if your stupid enough to have their vocal cords removed your to STUPID to own a dog!

  16. Lesley Harvey says:

    I agree totally with Jean

  17. Sick…and the opening line is exactly on point…All for human convenience…does not matter who we maim, torture and or kill whether for food and or clothing items such as fur and cashmere, trophy hunting, animal testing; etc. It’s only about Man’s desires and or convenience. It’s an atrocity..

  18. Governments have to do something to stop animals cruelty around the world i hope this people pay

  19. Sally Grant says:

    Devoice these sub humans!

  20. Rose Coffey says:

    I can’t believe that this practice ever got started in the first place. It definitely needs to be outlawed.

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