Massachusetts has become the first state to ban the devocalization of dogs and cats with a bill that was recently signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick, reports WickedLocal.com
The law now bans devocalization for behavioral reasons but it is still legal if it is medically necessary.
Logan's Law, as it is called, has renewed the debate as to whether or not devocalization is humane. There were many animal rights activists who worked to ensure that pet's were represented in the matter.
The Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets is a grassroots organization that got the ball rolling on this debate. The organization is made up of an all-volunteer force and doesn't receive any funding.
The Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) opposed the law stating that "it went too far," though many veterinarians in Massachusetts refused to perform the procedure because of the risk involved, reports the source.
What local shelters found was that even after having their pets devocalized, people still gave them up for adoption or abandoned them.
In 2009 the ASPCA placed over 3,775 animals into caring homes and has many resources for those who are looking to adopt a pet. According to the U.S. Humane Society, there are between 6 and 8 million strays entered into animal rescue
shelters every year.