Law Bans ‘debarking’ Of Canines And Cats

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    Beginning tomorrow, dogs and cats across Massachusetts will have a right to free speech, animal welfare activists say.

    A new law banning the surgical devocalization of dogs and cats goes into effect that day. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law April 22.

    “This is so remarkable, the passage of this legislation,’’ said Beth Birnbaum, a member of the Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, the organization that originally filed the bill. “Beacon Hill should be congratulated.’’

    The law bans the devocalization of dogs and cats except in cases of medical necessity. Before, breeders and pet owners weary of annoying barks and mews could have their animal’s vocal cords cut by a veterinarian.


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    I do believe Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to put this law on the books. I need to research a bit further. But first .... coffee.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qticbUnvCpg]YouTube - Silent Barking[/ame]
     
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    I love animals and would have one if my apartments allowed pets. I understand their reasoning for that decision however.

    But these animal rights people are off their rockers in way too many cases. One of their goals is a law giving animals the right to sue their owners and/or others for [the owners'] bad behavior: my owner feeds me Old Roy when I'm worthy of and deserving of Kibbles & Bits; the neighbor's cat came on my property and whacked me in the nose causing grievous injury and emotional trauma ... etc.

    I'm not quite sure how these animals would choose their lawyers or convey their complaints to their lawyers ... but that's not for me to figure out.
     
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    Every night the local dogs in myarea have long doggie conversations with each other.

    There's about five dogs in my neighborhood all of whom bark at each other (from their respective houses and at a distance, of course).

    I suspect they're actually communicating more than just the "Hey here I am" sort of barking that most of us understand them to be saying

    I think they're actually saying something to each other.

    I am convinced of it the more I listen to their exchanges.

    These collective barking events seem to have a sort of intelligence to them that is not disssimilar to human conversations. they listen, they respond, they bark in patterns that aren't simply repetitive and their barks have inflections in them, too.

    I really do think dogs are engaging is something like doggie gossip.

    Hey for all I know they're debating the meaning of life, but my point is that their barking seems to be more than just mindless noise.
     
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    You want to interrogate me? Get me to talk? Then strap me to a chair with a barking dog just out of reach of my foot and I'll cave after a few short minutes. I have a low tolerance for barking dogs. With that said and knowing that barking is the natural order of the canines, I don't see this debarking surgery as necessary. There are alternatives to surgery.
     
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    :eek: :eek: My God, who would do such a thing?? Good for MA for passing this.
     
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    I lived in a duplex (up and down) and my upstairs neighbor had two beagels. Beagels might just be the most annoying barkers on earth; these two would bark ALL DAY while the owner was away. Drove everyone mad.

    Now suppose the animal control people got on him enough so as to threaten to take away the dogs? In such a case, would mussling them be better than debarking? I'm not sure why anyone would ever need to "debark" a cat, but a dog? Sometimes, there is no other way to keep a pet.....this law seems like PETA feel-good bullshit to me.
     
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    The solution is simple if you want it done, take the animal out of state and have it done. Personally i dont think that its a great idea but i also dont think government should have a say in things like this.
     

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