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Sign now and be a voice for the voiceless and demand a ban on the inhumane debarking procedure!

Severing a dog's vocal chords, known as debarking, is a cruel and dangerous procedure. It is performed to lower the volume or eliminate the dog from barking. Nuisance barking can be controlled with proper training and an exercise regime.

Dogs communicate with us and each other through body language and barking. A dog barks when they are stimulated by a noise, stranger, or other animal to alert us to their presence. Taking that communication away can lead to other behavior problems, like biting.

Training methods such as clicker training can reduce the amount of barking. And positive reinforcement for desired behaviors, like being quiet, is much more effective. [1] Exercising the dog will also decrease the amount of barking. A bored dog will be overstimulated and find ways to entertain themselves. When people effectively communicate and train their dogs nuisance barking is dramatically reduced or eliminated.

Debarking is dangerous. There can be excessive bleeding during the procedure and a chance of developing pneumonia. A buildup of scar tissue around the larynx can lead to complicated breathing, coughing, and a muffled sound. [3] Not to mention, the pain and stress of surgery.

"Debarking is not a medically necessary procedure," Jeffrey S. Klausner, chief medical officer of the Banfield Pet Hospital, told The New York Times. "We think it's not humane to the dogs to put them through the surgery and the pain. We just do not think that it should be performed." [2]

Supporters of debarking claim that it reduces the number of dogs in shelters. However, that is incorrect. The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy's research found that barking is NOT one of the top five reasons people surrender their dog to a shelter. [1] Actually, debarked dogs end up in the shelter and are not adopted because of the muffled noise they make, which sounds worse than any bark.

A court in Oregon ruled for two Tibetan mastiff dogs to be debarked because of nuisance barking. The dogs are used by the owners as protectors for their livestock and need them to bark to deter predators. [4] Nobody should be forced to cause their dog pain and remove a means of communication. Ban this procedure!

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To: United States Department of Agriculture and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service:

The brutal debarking procedure has to stop! Dogs are meant to bark and removing or softening their ability to do so is inhumane!

I urge you to ban debarking and replace it with proper dog training. Owners of dog’s who bark excessively can be shown training techniques to reduce barking. There are many proven training and exercise techniques that will help and do not involve surgery or risk to the dog.

Owners of dogs cannot be told to put their pet in danger for an action that is natural and expressive for their dog. Many states have already banned this procedure as it is inhumane. Please make the ban nationwide!

Dogs are already voiceless in so many ways and literally taking away their ability to bark is cruel and unnecessary.

Ban this horrific procedure throughout the United States. I appreciate your help and so do all the dogs who cannot speak for themselves!


Petition Signatures

Mar 18, 2018 Teri Pinto It is a very inhumane,cruel procedure that eliminates a dog's way of communicating.
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Tamara Schrama
Mar 18, 2018 Joyce Brogger
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) I cannot believe anyone would be allowed to do such an act on a Poor animal.Thia is cruel and inhuman to do .Their blessed to bark not stop them.If anyone does this this they should be punished .What if the Dog could do to them.So sad how cruel people rea
Mar 18, 2018 Emily Bouthillette
Mar 18, 2018 Debbie Bryant
Mar 18, 2018 Brenda Dehart
Mar 18, 2018 Freida Smith Please let dogs use their voices to safe you from damage from fires and bad guys.
Mar 18, 2018 Christie C
Mar 18, 2018 Catherine Holzman
Mar 18, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Mar 18, 2018 Catherine Carella
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Animal cruelty is just so wrong In NYS we have what’s called Buster’s Law and this procedure know as debarking needs to be included on the list of cruelty actions.
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Berry
Mar 18, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop animal abuse!
Mar 18, 2018 Nancy Balasa
Mar 18, 2018 Catherine Breithaupt
Mar 18, 2018 Diane Hlat Why did this person even get a dog if they don't like barking. The only way for this animal to communicate
Mar 18, 2018 Alesha Langley
Mar 18, 2018 Richard Han
Mar 18, 2018 Angelina Miranda
Mar 18, 2018 Crystal Scott
Mar 18, 2018 Mary Stallard
Mar 18, 2018 Sheila Swindle
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Sally Hatt This is a horrible and cruel practice.
Mar 18, 2018 Jeanetta Henderson Why oh why are people so selfish. My dog is a Barker. She talks to us all the time to tell us she wants out and her oh so important milky bones.
Mar 18, 2018 Bonita Young
Mar 18, 2018 Pamela Davis That is inhumane and ridiculous!! This is how mans best friend communicate, this is how they alert us to know when someone is knocking on our door or on our property! This is unneccassary and uncalled for! It's WRONG!!! Leave the dogs ALONE!!
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 carla howard
Mar 18, 2018 Judith Knouff
Mar 17, 2018 Heather Barker
Mar 17, 2018 Meg Blanchard
Mar 17, 2018 Zulima Petersen
Mar 17, 2018 Elisabeth Teeple
Mar 17, 2018 Candace McManus
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Do not debark dogs
Mar 17, 2018 tore boissonneau
Mar 17, 2018 Louise Strout The thought of cutting a dog's vocal chords makes me absolutely sick! Cruel and inhumane practice and should be outlawed.
Mar 17, 2018 Nayeon Kim
Mar 17, 2018 Tammy Penn
Mar 17, 2018 Sarann white This is cruel. Needs to be stopped
Mar 17, 2018 Grisel Garcia
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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