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|Originally Posted: 15 Jun 2010|
Pass HR 5422 to Provide Grants for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Tell your U.S. Representative to vote YES for HR 5422 to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants for the prevention of cruelty to animals to States that have enacted laws prohibiting the devocalization of dogs and cats for purposes of convenience.
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H.R. 5422, would reward states that have enacted laws prohibiting the devocalization of dogs and cats solely for purposes of convenience. States with such a prohibition in place would be eligible to apply for a federal grant of up to $1,000,000 to be used for programs that prevent or promote the prevention of cruelty to animals. To date, only a handful of states have any regulations prohibiting devocalization of dogs and cats, a painful and dangerous procedure for animals who don’t have a medical need for the operation. This bill would not put any prohibition in place. It would simply provide a financial incentive for states to enact such a law. Massachusetts passed a ban on devocalization in April 2010. New Jersey and California are also considering debarking bills, but this is still a new area for state regulation.
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