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Keep the heat on Beacon Hill to stop vocal cord mutilation

URL: www.caps-web.org

Publication date: 2009-12-01

Publication name: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets

Headline: Keep the heat on Beacon Hill to stop vocal cord mutilation

Summary:





An AKC breeder had Stella's vocal cords cut to stifle her voice--then dumped her. A kind rescuer, who lives in Quincy, spent $1,500 to correct scar tissue that obstructed her airway, in the hope it may give Stella a shot at a normal life. Without it, she would have died.
Devocalization is more common than you think; in fact, some breeders devocalize routinely to keep many dogs without complaints from neighbors. Occasionally, an irresponsible or uniformed pet owner will order the convenience surgery, leaving his or her "best friend" mute or chronically hoarse.

There are serious risks regardless of the vet's skill or how the vocal cords are cut, through the oral cavity or an incision in the neck. Some animals die. Others struggle to breathe, choke on food and even water, and gag and cough uncontrollably the rest of their lives. And devocalized dogs and cats don't benefit at all: They're abandoned like any other unwanted animal. An Act Prohibiting Devocalization, House Bill 344, would end this cruel practice in Massachusetts.

Deep pockets are fighting this humane legislation.

The Mass. Veterinary Medical Association--which represents vets' financial and other interests--has aligned with Mass. Federation of Dog Clubs, a breeders' organization, to fight this humane bill. They have big money, big constituencies, and big lobbying firms.

You have power too: Your voice. Please use it to protect defenseless dogs and cats from being robbed of theirs. Every call is important. Yours will make a difference.

No matter where you live in MA, you can help -- all you need is a phone!

1) Live in Worcester County? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcester_County,_Massachusetts

Call Rep. Vicent Pedone at 617-722-2410 or 508-791-7400. He chairs the Third Reading Committee, which is currently reviewing this bill. Politely urge Chairman Pedone to release An Act Prohibiting Devocalization quickly--as written, so it can be enforced.

· The longer Third Reading holds the bill, the less chance it will become law.

· If Rep. Pedone alters it as special interests that profit from devocalization wish, it will be unenforceable. Dogs and cats will continue to be maimed.

2)  Live in Winthrop or Revere?

Call House Speaker Robert DeLeo at 617-722-2500. As the most powerful legislator in the MA House of Representatives, he can help ensure this bill passes as written. Politely ask for his support to move An Act Prohibiting Devocalization, House Bill 344, to the Floor for a vote quickly--without amendments that would undermine its intent.

3) Live elsewhere in MA?

Urge your State (Beacon Hill) Rep to send a letter expressing his/her support for House Bill 344 to Speaker DeLeo and Rep. Pedone. Tell your Rep you want his/her help to ensure the bill becomes law, as written, in 2010. Ask for a copy of the letter, and follow up until you get it!

How to find your State Rep (on Beacon Hill, not in DC): 1-800-462-8683 or www.wheredoivotema.com, enter your address, then look for your "Rep in General Court"

Helpful hints: Read before contacting your Rep

Calls are effective; emails are not. Emails may be deleted without being logged in (or read). If you can't call, sending a hard-copy letter or fax is second best.

Let your Rep know why this bill is personally important to you--and that you will be following it closely.

If you get voicemail or are transferred to a recorded line: Be sure to leave your name and address to prove you're a constituent, with a short message of support for House Bill 344. Try to call again till you can speak with an aide.

Call every three weeks till the bill passes. The legislative process is long, and opponents are determined to kill this humane legislation. Don't let lawmakers forget that kind constituents like you want it to pass.

Visit your Rep in the district or at the State House if you can.

Always be polite! Some aides are more pleasant than others. Take the high road, and save your outrage for devocalizers!

Get the word out--squeaky wheels pass laws.

Help generate calls to legislators by giving flyers to neighbors, coworkers and others. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " target="_blank" data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for flyers.

Post the following youtube links to Facebook, Twitter or your website. Send them to friends and family throughout the U.S. to raise awareness of devocalization.

Learn about devocalization.

Meet devocalized dogs and their rescuers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPoyuMw870

Hear what animal experts have to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ADbMoX4aw
An Act Prohibiting Devocalization, House Bill 344, is sponsored by

Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, an all-volunteer network of

Massachusetts pet owners and advocates.

It is endorsed by

Angell Animal Medical Center, animal shelters statewide and

more than 200 concerned MA veterinarians. Make sure your vet is among them!

Devocalization is Brutalization.

Use Your Voice to Pass  MA House Bill 344!
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Assembly Bill 2743 (Pedro Nava) - Banning Declawing and Devocalization in CA

Publication/Event date: 2010-00-00

Publication name: CAPS

URL for the PDF: www.caps-web.org/pdf/miscellaneous/AB2743FactSheet.pdf

Excerpt:

Reason AB 2743 is Necessary

Eight local governments in California have recently banned the practice of cat declawing, recognizing the practice as inhumane. A search of rental listings throughout California, however, shows a number of properties with landlords and managers requiring that potential owners will be considered only with declawed cats. Declawing can often have unintended consequences for property managers, physical complications for animals, and emotional and fnancial consequences for pet owners.

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** PLEASE SUPPORT AB 2743 **

- THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL PROHIBIT CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS FROM REQUIRING TENANTS TO DECLAW THEIR CATS OR DEBARK THEIR DOGS

For a sample letter and more information on the bill, you can  visit the Paw  Project website at: http://www.pawproject.com/html/what.asp

Please write before Senate floor vote which could be as early as June 21. This bill is needed, not only in California, but also to set precedence in other states where it is a VERY Common requirement  to rent an apartment  to require new tenants to have their cats declawed on 2 or all 4 paws or debark their dogs. We are lucky in California that this bill is supported by the Apartment Association. If you are a landlord , please specify that in your letter. Everyone's letters and efforts will really help.

This bill was doing really well. It passed in the California Assembly with a 63-7 vote but last week  the California Veterinary Medical Association  raised their efforts to block the passing of this bill by using $$$$$ and lobbyists,  The measure narrowly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote, and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as the week of June 21. This Monday.
The full text of AB 2743 is available at this link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2743_bill_20100607_amended_sen_v95.pdf

PLEASE write letters to state senators (find your senator at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html)

YOUR SUPPORT will be helpful because the California Veterinary  Medical Association is lobbying very hard to kill the bill. CVMA is making the rounds of legislators¹ offices and making its views known to the Governor. It  has also sent out an alert to its members stating that it is "strongly opposed" to the bill and urging its members to send letters of opposition to their state  senators and to the Governor.

The CVMA is powerful because many legislators automatically support  the position held by a trade or business association. Therefore, letters coming in from across the state strongly in support of the law will be necessary. Please inform as many people and rescue groups as  possible.

Thank You!!!!!
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** PLEASE SUPPORT AB 2743 **

- THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL PROHIBIT CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS FROM REQUIRING TENANTS TO DECLAW THEIR CATS OR DEBARK THEIR DOGS

For a sample letter and more information on the bill, you can  visit the Paw  Project website at: http://www.pawproject.com/html/what.asp

Please write before Senate floor vote which could be as early as June 21. This bill is needed, not only in California, but also to set precedence in other states where it is a VERY Common requirement  to rent an apartment  to require new tenants to have their cats declawed on 2 or all 4 paws or debark their dogs. We are lucky in California that this bill is supported by the Apartment Association. If you are a landlord , please specify that in your letter. Everyone's letters and efforts will really help.

This bill was doing really well. It passed in the California Assembly with a 63-7 vote but last week  the California Veterinary Medical Association  raised their efforts to block the passing of this bill by using $$$$$ and lobbyists,  The measure narrowly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote, and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as the week of June 21. This Monday.
The full text of AB 2743 is available at this link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2743_bill_20100607_amended_sen_v95.pdf

PLEASE write letters to state senators (find your senator at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html)

YOUR SUPPORT will be helpful because the California Veterinary  Medical Association is lobbying very hard to kill the bill. CVMA is making the rounds of legislators¹ offices and making its views known to the Governor. It  has also sent out an alert to its members stating that it is "strongly opposed" to the bill and urging its members to send letters of opposition to their state  senators and to the Governor.

The CVMA is powerful because many legislators automatically support  the position held by a trade or business association. Therefore, letters coming in from across the state strongly in support of the law will be necessary. Please inform as many people and rescue groups as  possible.

Thank You!!!!!
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Source: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets
URL for more info: http://www.pawproject.com/html/what.asp
Summary:


Stop Mandatory Declawing and Devocalization--Email Today and call today!
Just in case anyone forgot.....please forward to those who care.

Please Tell Gov. Schwarzenegger the Eyes of the Nation Are On Him:

Sign AB 2743 Without Delay!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Paw Project, last week the California state legislature passed AB 2743, which will prohibit landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize their cats and dogs.

Great news but...

It's not law until Gov. Schwarzenegger signs it. And it won't be if the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has its way. Your voice is important to protect vulnerable dogs and cats--and the people who love them.

Ironically, while landlord associations supported AB 2743, CVMA has lobbied very hard against it. The Paw Project reports that CVMA is now urging its members to send letters of opposition to the governor. That's disappointing but not surprising: Mass. Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) lobbied against Logan's Law, which took effect July 21, making Massachusetts the first state to ban cruel devocalization of dogs and cats.

You didn't let MVMA win at the expense of vulnerable animals; don't let CVMA.

No Matter Where You Live, You Can Help In 5 Minutes or Less!

Please call email or fax Gov. Schwarzenegger right away; tell him the eyes of the nation are on him, and people of goodwill are waiting for him to sign AB 2743 into law. Then forward this eAlert to family and friends throughout the U.S. who care about animals.

The full text of AB 2743 is available at this link:

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2743_bill_20100715_amended_sen_v94.html
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 03:34

Hear Devocalized Dogs–Then Speak for Them!

A message from CPRPets:

When It Comes to Protecting Animals, Your Silence Is Not Golden

These Devocalized Dogs--and Others At Risk For It-- Need You to Be Their Voice Against This Cruelty!

Please Watch, "Like," and Share Their 2-Minute Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI-2M_vxerQ

Online Petitions Won't End Devocalization. Here's What You Can Do--In 5 Minutes or Less.

Live in New York State? An all-volunteer network of animal lovers in Massachusetts passed a state law banning devocalization of dogs and cats (yes, it's done to cats too!). Learn how you can pass a similar law in NYS by making 2 quick, easy calls: http://nyagainstdevocalization.weebly.com/act-now-to-ban-devocalization-in-ny.html

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