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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