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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

Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName811783819533981 jmetetlastName923380255978783 jmeterComment9614
Jul 18, 2018 kristhiana noel What?????! Who in the heck thought up this one??!!!!!
Jul 17, 2018 emma rugari
Jul 17, 2018 Beah Robinson So wrong! Every being has the right to communicate. If people can't handle dog barking and behavior, they needn't have a dog.. Dogs are a treasure of loyalty and love!
Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Rathburn
Jul 17, 2018 KIA VALLERY
Jul 17, 2018 Kiana Barr
Jul 17, 2018 Sherri Young
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt Are you dumb? Barking is the manner in which a dog communicates.
Jul 17, 2018 Debbie Christner
Jul 17, 2018 Jean Diamond
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jul 17, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 Patty Traube
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Stewart
Jul 17, 2018 Melvin Michael
Jul 16, 2018 Lauren Scanga
Jul 16, 2018 Misty Harmon THIS IS JUST CRUEL. If God meant for them not to bark then he wouldn't have given them their barks to begin with. Put a stop to it now.
Jul 16, 2018 Pam Scholl
Jul 16, 2018 Vivian McMillian
Jul 16, 2018 Kathy Mason
Jul 16, 2018 Jordan Rivera If you’re not willing to do things like exercise and play with your dog, things that help with barking and chewing, then maybe you shouldn’t have a dog. Why should dogs have their vocal cords clipped when you could actually try to be a good parent to them
Jul 16, 2018 Tammy Bradshaw If they were intended not to bark, God would of made them that way. Stop this.
Jul 16, 2018 Brenda McGregot
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 Despina Christakis
Jul 16, 2018 Autumn Westover
Jul 16, 2018 Yesenia Hernandez
Jul 15, 2018 Rhonda Patilla How would you like it if someone made it so you couldn't talk. Animals are supposed to act as themselves.
Jul 15, 2018 Lisa Leos
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Debra Harris
Jul 15, 2018 Nacrina Cruz
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 15, 2018 Kathleen Dooley
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Inhumane treatment. Be responsible and teach the necessary behavior.
Jul 15, 2018 Linda Garcia Inhumane act
Jul 15, 2018 Alexi Groumoutis
Jul 15, 2018 Ana Clavel
Jul 15, 2018 Kerry Rogers-Brown
Jul 14, 2018 Krissy Bigelow
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2018 Terry Hicks
Jul 14, 2018 Madeline Dragone

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