Devocalising the Thin End of the Wedge

I hate bringing up this subject over and over again. It is tiresome and boring for some people. I find it more annoying and upsetting than boring. However, I simply cannot leave it alone when I am reminded of it by someone else. To red-blooded Americans who think devocalisation is OK, I apologise for boring you. I won’t stop though. It is illegal across the whole of the European Union, as far as I am aware. It is certainly illegal in the UK.

For American vets the banning of devocalizing dogs and cats is the thin of the wedge. What I mean is that they defend this indefensible operation not because it brings in lots of money. I don’t believe it is that important from the standpoint of profit because it is not widespread as is the case with declawing.

What they fear is that if a state bans devocalisation operations it will open the flood gates to bans on real money spinners such as declawing and further bans across the United States. American vets are desperate to stop the interference of government in their practices. They want to do as they please and keep the politicians out.

Unfortunately for many vets the kind of things they get up to – declawing and devocalising – demands the intervention of the law makers. Too many American vets don’t want to behave ethically. Too many want to prioritize profit over ethics. There is something fundamentally wrong at the selection and training level. Many vets should not be vets.

With devocalisation there are many vets who don’t like it and won’t do it even though it is legal except for the State of Massachusetts. Declawing is a similarly unethical operation that is much more widespread and legal in the USA except for 8 cities in California.

If a person is decently educated and has a modicum of morality within his or her being it is impossible to come to the conclusion that devocalisation of dogs and cats is ethical and acceptable.

On the basis that most Americans are decently educated, most Americans should disagree with devocalising companion animals. So why does it exist? Because there was a time when it was OK to do it. The world has moved on but the vets have not and they hate the idea of legislation that bans the operation. Interference through legislation is particularly disliked in the USA where the general culture is freedom of spirit, action and mind without government interference.

Where will that lead to? Armageddon for vets, the vets believe. Armageddon for a vet is a reduction in their income.

Fine, if vets want freedom of choice and action, they’ll have to earn it and deserve it. They’ll have to start abiding by their oath and behaving ethically. If they don’t, one day, the politicians will come at them and make law that takes that freedom from them.

I believe that devocalisation and declawing of cats and dogs is a violation of their rights. There is no Declaration of Animal Rights in the USA as far as I am aware.


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Thank you Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets for reminding us that this ridiculous commercialization of companion animals must stop.

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Devocalising the Thin End of the Wedge — 5 Comments

  1. Signed and shared the petition, declawing and devocalisation are both horrifically cruel and there is no justification ever for either surgery for non medical reasons.
    How can these procedures which are banned as animal abuse in so many other civilised countries, be allowed to go on in the USA and Canada?
    It’s VERY wrong and the vets who do this know full well they are causing animals to suffer! The only conclusion to be drawn is that they don’t care!

  2. One of the purposes for vocal cords is to catch food before it can make it into the trachea. They are sort of a last line of defense against choking. I know it’s true, because I’ve felt it happen to me. It’s sort of a relief when the vocal cords catch the piece if food. You think you’re going to cough for hours when that hunk of broccoli you just aspirated hits your wind pipe– but it’s over because your vocal cords snapped together and caught it so you never aspirated anything. Take that last line of defense away from an animal and you put him at great risk of choking. Vets know this, just like they know that the distal phalanx they remove to declaw a cat is the weight bearing structure in the cat’s paw.

  3. Thanks. I have signed it. I’m pretty sure my neighbour in Canada had his dog devocalized since I never heard it make a sound ever – and thats the kind of guy he was – I bet he did it. A**hole. Why do they want to declaw? Why do they want more money – dont they earn more than most already? I dont understand. Its almost like a conspiracy to think they actually want our animals to be unhealthy so they can earn more money but if they are willing to declaw then I dont see why they would give a damn about our animals well being. The question is which vets are these? There must be many decent vets in the USA. So who are they that are either incompetent or downright evil? How do we find them out? Where can we findf out if they are willing to declaw a cat. I guess the only way is to ask since if they aren’t totally incompetent they wont advertise the fact – since they probably arent stupid and know its bad and will cause people to attack them. And so people should. They should fell like hell frozen over but rich when they wake up in the morning. I’d love to become some kind of terrorist on these guys and graffiti their practices in the night until it becomes such a pain for them they just give up. Plus other people would find out with enough drama and coverage. They really actually do literally have blood on their hands.

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