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Sadly, AVMA Continues to Condone Devocalization

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Originally Posted: January 14, 2013

Sadly, AVMA Continues to Condone Devocalization

[Ed. Note: See original alert, November 2012 - Tell Veterinarians: Devocalization is Mutilation!]

FROM Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets (CPR Pets) and visit International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) for more details about the horrors of devocalization including a video and actions to take


On January 6, 2013, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) House of Delegates (HOD) voted nearly unanimously to adopt a devocalization policy that ensures dogs and cats will continue to have their vocal cords cut for the "crime" of communicating. Don't give up. Keep telling the AVMA and your own vet too: Cutting vocal cords to stifle an animal's voice is always cruel. And cruelty should NEVER be an option.

Dr. Gail Golab, Chair, Animal Welfare Committee
phone: (847) 285-6618

If you are you an animal rescuer or a veterinarian, include that in your message.

Tweet: @AVMAvets, stop justifying #devocalization of #dogs and #cats. It's always dangerous, always cruel.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
phone (800) 248-2862
fax (847) 925-1329
online contact form:


Make sure YOUR vet doesn't condone this act of cruelty. Talk is cheap. The only way to know where your vet standsis to urge him/her to fill out this form:


Watch Devocalization.

The HOD could have rejected the policy--incredibly, it was developed by the AVMA "animal welfare" committee--but didn't. A more humane policy was raised by an AVMA member prior to the vote but got no support.

That is astounding. Board-certified veterinary specialists have said what all vets know:

Devocalization exposes animals to lifelong anguish or a terrifying death regardless of the vet's skill or the instrument used. And animals face these risks without any benefit. They're euthanized and given up for the same reasons as any other dog or cat, some thanks to costly medical complications and unintended behavioral consequences of devocalization.  

Any surgical procedure involving the vocal apparatus of dogs and cats should be performed only to treat a physical illness, disease, injury or birth defect causing the animal physical, medical harm. Performing it for any other reason is an act of cruelty that must not be tolerated.  

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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