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Stella DevocalizedStella

What Happened to Stella Shouldn't Happen To Other Dogs—and Cats—in New York. But It Does.

Here's How You Can Help, No Matter Where You Live.

An AKC breeder had Stella's vocal cords cut to suppress her voice. Devocalization is cruel. And it's more common than you think.

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A state bill to prohibit canine/feline devocalization is now pending in New York. It was introduced by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski after learning of Massachusetts' new law banning this cruel surgery. The Assemblyman--who has four rescue dogs!--is determined. BUT...

He's up against the same powerful lobbies that tried to kill or add loopholes to devocalization bans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

They include breeders--some order devocalization when they or neighbors don't want to hear their many animals--and the state veterinary association, which exists to protect its members' business interests.

The New York League of Humane Voters (LOHV) is leading the charge to pass NY Assembly Bill 3431-A with help from Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets (CPR Pets), which sponsored Massachusetts' landmark devocalization ban.

CPR Pets--an unfunded, all-volunteer network of people who care about animals--proved that every humane voice makes a difference. Please use yours now.

New York Dogs and Cats Need Your Help No Matter Where You Live.

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1) Live in New York State?
Contact the League of Humane Voters: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Urge other New York residents who care about animals to do the same. You’ll receive periodic email alerts that tell you how to help end devocalization in your state just by picking up the phone. You may opt-off the list at any time, no questions asked, no hassle.

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Forward this email to all your animal-loving friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances in New York State--and throughout the country. Urge them to act now!

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Fast Facts About Devocalization What are the risks? Devocalization is an invasive procedure that can cause lifelong coughing, gagging and difficulty breathing--or horrific death--regardless of the vet's skill, the instrument used, including laser, or whether vocal cords are cut through the oral cavity or an incision in the neck. The less-invasive procedure has a higher risk of internal scarring that can block the airway, impairing swallowing and breathing.

Surgery to correct airway obstruction can cost thousands of dollars--and may need to be repeated. Who would have a dog or cat devocalized? People who keep many animals for profit or hobby are the vast majority of those ordering canine/feline devocalization.
Some sell these animals without disclosing they have been devocalized.
Do animals benefit? Devocalized animals--including those no longer useful for breeding or exhibition--are given to shelters and rescue groups for the same reasons as any other dog or cat. They face great risks without any benefit.
Publication/Event date: 2011-05-25

Publication name: Antelope Valley Press

URL for more info: http://www.avpress.com

Author: Alisha Semchuck

LANCASTER - City Council members, in a split vote, paved the way for horse-and-buggy operators to take customers for rides along The BLVD.

Despite objections from some animal-rights advocates, Vice Mayor Ron Smith along with council members Sherry Marquez and Ken Mann voted in favor of a motion that introduced an ordinance that would allow horse-drawn vehicles to function as a business along the renovated main drag of downtown Lancaster on a trial basis.

Mayor R. Rex Parris abstained from the vote, stating he needed more information, and Councilman Marvin Crist cast the single "no" vote.

Kelvin Tainatonga, assistant to the city manager, told council members that city staff conducted more research to ensure the health and safety of the horses as well as of pedestrian and motor traffic in the area - the maximum temperatures a horse can work in, the maximum weight load of passengers that horses can pull, how to deal with the clean-up of horses' feces, and how to provide horses with proper rest and enough water.

Tainatonga said the city staff has heard "complaints of horses being spooked on the streets."

Horse carriage drivers must have sufficient training so they can immediately control their animals in case a situation like that occurs to prevent injury to the horse and people in the area.

"I suggested you require driver testing," said Monica Whitmer, co-owner with husband Jack Whitmer of Sweetwater Ranch in east Lancaster. The Whitmers are seeking a business permit from the city to operate the horse-drawn carriage rides as an entertainment attraction on The BLVD.

"The driver is responsible. It is a matter of a partnership between driver and horse," Monical Whitmer told council members.
The relationship she has with her horse is one of trust. Her horse relays any concerns, and she handles the situation, Whitmer said.

"My horse is so traffic-trained. He has been on The BLVD four times. No problems. My horses like to work. They meet me at the gate. They're happy to do the job," she said.

She's bottle-fed her horse and had him in her house, Whitmer said, adding, "He's more a child than a horse."

Protestors disputed some of her claims, and asked the council to vote down the business-permit request.

"Antique cars or dune buggies (are) way better than cruel horse-and-carriage rides," said Carole Sax, a Los Angeles resident affiliated with the Companion Animal Protection Society, a nonprofit animals rights organization.

"No horse should be anywhere near an 18-wheeler," said Carole Davis, the West Coast director of the Companion Animal Protection Agency.

Davis' comment was in response to Monica Whitmer's comment that her horse didn't even spook on a road where 18-wheelers sped past.

Though Davis does not live in the area, she comes to Lancaster often for animal-rights issues.

"I'm a frequent and unwanted guest," Davis said. "Cities around the civilized world have banned this cruel and inhumane entertainment. If you pass this ordinance, horses will suffer."

"Consider the skittish nature of horses," said Nan Dillinger, another Los Angeles resident. "They are prey, not predators."

Because of the hot summer temperatures in the Antelope Valley, made hotter on asphalt roads, horses can die of heat stroke if worked when the mercury rises, she said.

A couple of the protestors asked the council to view the movie "Blinders" before they voted on the issue.

"I know there are people out there that have concerns," Smith said. "Animal cruelty is a crime."

But Smith disagreed that horse-drawn carriages constitute animal cruelty. "My decision is how do we manage a business license. That's our main question," he said.

"Our citizens are going to be very upset being behind a carriage," Crist said. "I don't see this as necessary at this time."

"I'd like to watch that DVD on 'Blinders,'" Parris said. "I want to watch the DVD before I vote on this."

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