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It's hard to believe, but some vets actually cut the vocal cords of dogs AND cats just to suppress their voices. We know because it happened to our dogs before we adopted them. They’re two very different breeds—a Newfoundland and a Chihuahua—and we live in two different states.
We joined with Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, which led the successful campaign to ban devocalization in Massachusetts, to make sure no other dog or cat anywhere suffers as ours have.
But until the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) changes its position on devocalization, countless other dogs AND cats will be subjected to this inhumane, unnecessary surgery.
Though devocalization is so cruel it is illegal in many countries, the AVMA continues to condone it as a “final alternative” to manage barking.
That leaves animals vulnerable to and
legitimizes devocalization.Here’s why:
No vet can possibly know if devocalization is a “final alternative," and some won't ask. Even receipts from a trainer or behaviorist don't mean the advice was followed consistently or at all; devocalization is easier for lazy or impatient owners.
And just as devocalization didn’t keep our dogs from becoming homeless, it hasn’t prevented the abandonment and euthanasia of countless other dogs and cats.
Massachusetts currently has the only enforceable state devocalization ban in the US. Other state laws protect owners and vets but not animals, who are subjected to a dangerous surgery they don’t need but are helpless to refuse.
We wish veterinary associations had supported legislation that truly protects animals by prohibiting vocal cord surgery except to treat a physical illness, injury or birth defect.
Instead, these associations have opposed enforceable humane laws, using the AVMA’s “final alternative” position to justify cutting an animal’s vocal cords just to deal with barking or meowing.
Why would any vet condone such cruelty?It’s obvious that some devocalize dogs and cats because it’s profitable. Others won’t devocalizebut oppose banning it anyway. It could be they fear these laws would lead to prohibition of other unnecessary, mutilating surgeries like declawing, cropping ears and docking tails.
Please meet our dogs in the video on this page.
Though an experienced vet devocalized our gentle giant, Porter, in the least invasive way, scar tissue formed in his throat, making it hard for him to breathe and swallow; he rasps, coughs and gags throughout the day like a chain smoker. Because devocalization permanently damaged his larynx too, he’s at great risk for inhaling food, liquids, even vomit into his lungs.
Tiny Lola struggles to force out a bark and doesn’t always succeed. Like other devocalized animals, she coughs and gags a lot. One day, she may have to face the same $2,000 surgery Porter needed to save his life after he was devocalized.
That's brutal punishment for the "crime" of communicating!
Please don’t let this brutality continue. Tell the AVMA: There is no ethical reason to cut vocal cords just to stifle an animal’s voice—ever. Devocalization is an act of cruelty that no animal deserves, no vet should perform, no veterinary association should sanction, and no civilized society should allow.
Meet the HUMANE vets in this video. They're what every vet should be:
American Veterinary Medical Association (W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, CEO)
American Veterinary Medical Association (Douglas Aspros, DVM, President-elect)
The cutting of vocal cord tissue just to alter or remove a dog’s or cat’s voice, called devocalization, is widely and rightly considered an act of animal cruelty even when performed by a veterinarian.

Compassionate people everywhere urge the AVMA to join the animal shelters, advocacy groups and caring veterinarians who oppose using vocal cord surgery as behavioral intervention. Attitudes toward animals are evolving, including an awareness that surgery performed to mask behavior is patently cruel.


Your current position, which condones devocalization if used as a “final alternative,” leaves dogs and cats vulnerable; no vet can possibly know if an owner pursued all other options. This position also legitimizes performing vocal cord surgery just to stifle the animal’s voice. That is not humane!

And the sad reality is, devocalization does not assure dogs or cats a home. In some cases, it has caused abandonment or euthanasia.


We ask that you take a position opposing vocal cord surgery on dogs and cats under all circumstances except to treat a physical ailment, like cancer, causing the animal physical, medical harm.

The AVMA should advise the public that vocal cord surgery is always dangerous and never an acceptable way to deal with barking or meowing. Instead, it is important to select dogs and cats wisely; to care for, train and house them responsibly; and to make a lifetime commitment to them.

This encourages humane, responsible stewardship of dogs and cats. Sanctioning devocalization discourages it.