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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

Jun 19, 2018 Judith Smiley
Jun 18, 2018 Deborah Imel
Jun 18, 2018 D Grant
Jun 18, 2018 Steve Gural
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Pauline Jacobs. Wicked practice. Should be illegal
Jun 18, 2018 Solangel Diaz This procedure is animal cruelty!
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Tracy Daddario
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Alisia Howell
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Lauren Zimmerman
Jun 18, 2018 Theresa Hammond Deplorable!!!!
Jun 18, 2018 Suzie Ewton
Jun 18, 2018 Jessica Trent
Jun 18, 2018 Mary Wade This is inhumane and cruel
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) The only animals who need silenced are the two legged ones !!!
Jun 18, 2018 Terri Mcdevitt What is wrong with some people.
Jun 18, 2018 Valerie Applebaum This is a very sad and unfortunate situation, as sometimes people are forced out of their living situation due to neighbor complaints, however, we must, as a society, not resort to barbaric practices, of which this is most certainly one!
Jun 18, 2018 Virginia Pearson
Jun 18, 2018 Suzanne Garrison
Jun 18, 2018 Ann Marie Borriello Dogs are supposed to bark!
Jun 18, 2018 Renee Balcorta
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Penny Langston
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 18, 2018 Iris Barreiro STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!
Jun 18, 2018 Chelsea Anderson
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Louise Rohde
Jun 18, 2018 Tania vichot Why debark don't get a dog...get a mouse
Jun 18, 2018 Carole Peltz What a cruel and inhuman procedure. This is what lazy and stupid owners do. Love and teach your pets or better yet, don't get a pet if that's what your going to do. Vets that do this procedure should have their license revoked!
Jun 18, 2018 Joie Chiappetta
Jun 18, 2018 Jane Callahan This MUST be banned!! Dogs should not suffer like this!!
Jun 18, 2018 Alisha Terry
Jun 18, 2018 Jane Lusty It's natural for a dog to bark! If you have problems with it get a bark collar!!
Jun 18, 2018 Linda Toner This is cruel! This is like cutting a humans tongue out or like declawing a cat!
Jun 18, 2018 Linda Maloy
Jun 18, 2018 Lori Martel That is soo cruel to do to any Dogs 🐕 they deserve to be able to speak and tell you how much they love u or when they need something stop 🛑 this procedure it’s animal cruelty
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Lorita Adkins
Jun 17, 2018 Amanda Gross
Jun 17, 2018 Teresa Hert This is just cruel
Jun 17, 2018 suzanne camejo Ban the barbaric procedure that is so cruel---depriving dogs of their ability to protect themselves, protect you and others.
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Mason
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) Dogs have to bark, it's instinct. You might as well kill the dog rather than prevent his doing something he was meant to do!!! Stop this barbaric action! Give the dog away, to the Humane Society! Or get your ears removed! How would you like that?

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