Gianaris Announces Senate Passes His Ban on Barbaric Devocalization Surgeries

ALBANY – On May 11th, New York State Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris made an announcement that his ban (S.142) on the surgical devocalization of animals had been passed by the State Senate. This ban aims to put an end to the barbaric procedure that strips animals of their ability to communicate.

“Animals that cannot speak for themselves need us to be their voice and stand against this cruel procedure that prioritizes human convenience over their well-being,” stated Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “I am glad that my legislation to ban devocalization has been passed by the State Senate, and I will continue to advocate for the welfare of the animals who bring joy to our lives every day.”

Devocalization, also known as ventriculocordectomy, debarking, devoicing, or bark softening, involves surgically altering or removing tissues in an animal’s vocal cords to suppress or eliminate their bark or meow. This brutal procedure can be carried out either through the oral cavity or directly through the larynx, posing risks such as respiratory issues, psychological harm, and increased vulnerability for the animals involved.

Senator Gianaris has been at the forefront of animal welfare matters in the Senate, having successfully passed the first statewide ban on cat declawing in the nation. He has also championed the cause of preventing retail pet stores from selling animals sourced from puppy mills, instead promoting the adoption of pets.


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