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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 dogย’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

Apr 25, 2018 Andrea Estrada What are you evil people going to think what to do next to innocent animals. Barking is a God given thing he gave to dogs maybe you people should have your vocal cords detach so you won't be voicing evil decisions such as this.
Apr 25, 2018 Erika Veszely
Apr 25, 2018 Bryana Nemecek
Apr 25, 2018 terry turner This very cruel practice should be stopped now! Dogs are dogs they are supposed to bark!!!!!! There are ways to curb barking other than this.
Apr 25, 2018 Tori Wolfe
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Lynda Sagothis is disgusting and cruel This is disgusting a nd cruel
Apr 25, 2018 Amanda Schellhase
Apr 25, 2018 Penny Brennan
Apr 25, 2018 Ellen Anderson
Apr 25, 2018 Flor Huezo
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Patty Bellamy
Apr 24, 2018 Heather Nichol
Apr 24, 2018 Johnabelle Johns
Apr 24, 2018 Shelly Merritt
Apr 24, 2018 Leslie Poms
Apr 24, 2018 linda legassie
Apr 24, 2018 Robyn Frost
Apr 24, 2018 Christine Villalobos
Apr 24, 2018 Theresa Flamer
Apr 24, 2018 Courtney Sulak
Apr 24, 2018 Sharon Guilford dogs do this for communation with others and to warn us humans its not right and so dumb to do if don't want a barking dog don't get one at all
Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2018 Freya Harris
Apr 24, 2018 Aileen Newberry
Apr 24, 2018 Marcia Richardson
Apr 24, 2018 Ashlie Jensen
Apr 23, 2018 Dolores Rodriguez
Apr 23, 2018 Debra Brewer stop
Apr 23, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 23, 2018 rose Hickford
Apr 23, 2018 sandra peters that is so mean and horrible they should do that to people instead of animals
Apr 23, 2018 Deborah Long Debarking and declawing are both inhumane and should be illegal. It is nothing but torture.
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop this!
Apr 23, 2018 Michelle Rolph
Apr 23, 2018 cynthia alba
Apr 23, 2018 Jill Bard
Apr 23, 2018 Jacqueline Manders
Apr 23, 2018 Cindy Bain This is a terrible thing to do to an innocent animal
Apr 23, 2018 Kate Anderson
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Angela Furbee
Apr 23, 2018 Jennifer Webb
Apr 23, 2018 Debbie Davis
Apr 23, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Apr 22, 2018 Xavier Williams
Apr 22, 2018 Lindsay Williams
Apr 22, 2018 Gayne Williams

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