Devocalization still needs help!
Mass. Veterinary Medical Assn. has mobilized its membership
to lobby against the devocalization bill today--
telling vets the bill would hurt them!
WRONG: House Bill 344 would simply protect helpless dogs and cats
from having their vocal cords cut solely to stifle their voices.
Only vets who perform this cruel procedure would be affected by the law.
Call your State (Beacon Hill) Senator again: Say you want House Bill 344 to pass quickly as written. Find your senator at 1-800-462-8683 or enter your address at www.wheredoivotema.com and look for your Senate in General court.
Call your vet too: Ask that s/he join the more than 200 compassionate veterinarians in Massachusetts who have endorsed House Bill 344.
Let your vet know: A simple certificate stating the reason for legal, medically necessary vocal cord surgery would not compromise vets or clients as MVMA says. Without it, vets could devocalize under the radar, cruel business as usual.
What reflects badly on vets is surgery performed solely to stifle an animal's voice--and the sanctioning of such an inhumane practice by lobbying against legislation that would end it.
Just the Facts
Because House Bill 344 allows vocal cord surgery only to treat disease, injury or birth defects, it requires that a simple certificate stating the medical reason for vocal cord surgery be filed after surgery is performed. This is in line with other MA laws requiring vets to issue and file certificates.
MVMA is urging vets to defeat the bill based on its misinterpretation of this provision. Clarification will be filed by Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets.
The association exists to protect members' business interests. Apparently, enough vets devocalize for MVMA to allocate lobbying and financial resources to kill House Bill 344.
Meet devocalized dogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPoyuMw870
Hear what the experts have to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ADbMoX4aw&feature=related