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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

Jan 17, 2018 Paula Frohlich This is horrible! You are taking away a dog's protection! How can these dog's warn anyone of an intruder, or a way to warn someone of a fire, or other disaster! This practice is abuse, and not natural! Please stop!
Jan 17, 2018 Virginia Tarrant
Jan 17, 2018 Lori Montoya
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Susan Bennett This is wrong on so many levels.
Jan 17, 2018 Kaila Riley
Jan 17, 2018 Suzanne Poston
Jan 17, 2018 Carolyn Smith Feyler
Jan 17, 2018 Stacey Kennedy
Jan 17, 2018 Debra Dovel
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Lovella Rush
Jan 17, 2018 Tracie Taylor
Jan 17, 2018 Meredith Miller
Jan 17, 2018 Nicola Bond
Jan 17, 2018 Kaitlynne Forbes
Jan 17, 2018 Amy Silverzweig Stop this cruel inhuman surgery. Barking is dogs communication.
Jan 17, 2018 Laura Gonzalez
Jan 17, 2018 Alice Hassel
Jan 17, 2018 Megan Padron
Jan 17, 2018 Chelsi M
Jan 17, 2018 Jessica Najarro
Jan 17, 2018 Lisa Burroughs
Jan 17, 2018 Elaine Sullivan
Jan 17, 2018 Michelle Vasquez
Jan 17, 2018 Mae Stempien
Jan 17, 2018 Dak Konrad Cruelty for humans sake is still cruelty!!!
Jan 17, 2018 Sharon Morrow We need to save our animals, and quit being cruel to them, they have feeling ti
Jan 17, 2018 Nuna Mingo Inhumane!
Jan 17, 2018 Kim Wood BARBARIC!
Jan 17, 2018 Nicole Jacobs
Jan 17, 2018 Karyn Palmer
Jan 17, 2018 Christina Baar
Jan 17, 2018 Linda Boag
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Its a form of communication. Spend time with the dog and train him/ her. That's the best medicine!
Jan 17, 2018 Donna Weeks
Jan 17, 2018 Maira Diaz
Jan 17, 2018 Kimberly Negus This is an unnecessary dangerous procedure, which should be banned.
Jan 17, 2018 Molly Hynson
Jan 17, 2018 Teena Green
Jan 17, 2018 Merlin Wahyudi
Jan 17, 2018 Sara Weiner Please let these dogs keep their voices. It is the way they communicate. They need to keep their voices. It's like talking for us. Please protect them. Thank you
Jan 17, 2018 Linda Browning
Jan 17, 2018 L Blixt
Jan 17, 2018 Karina Smith
Jan 17, 2018 Monica Box Stop this procedure!!!!
Jan 17, 2018 Darcy Small
Jan 17, 2018 Diane Scipione
Jan 17, 2018 Ma Vang
Jan 17, 2018 Patty Harris

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