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Time's Running Out to Protect Dogs & Cats From Vocal Cord Mutilation ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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Urge the NYS Senate Agriculture Committee to Release the Devocalization Ban--and Prevent This Cruelty--NOW

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Cher C (1430)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:18 pm

Countdown to June 21: That’s when the 2011-12 NYS legislative session ends. Without your continued activism, it could also be the end of our hope for an enforceable law banning devocalization. This practice is so cruel, it has long been illegal in many countries and since 2010 in Massachusetts. It’s time for New York to step up.

You may have contacted certain NYS lawmakers already.

Here’s why you now need to call members of the Senate Agriculture Committee:

Senate Bill 6167A (S6167A) can’t pass unless it gets a floor vote before the session ends in just four short weeks. That can’t happen until it’s released from the Agriculture Committee and after that, the Senate Codes Committee. It needs to move without delay.

Problem is, Agriculture has held S6167A since January, with no sign of letting go.

An aide reportedly told pro-animal callers this humane bill is “not important enough to consider.”

We respectfully disagree.

We think protecting dogs’ and cats’ voices, wellbeing and lives is plenty important. Please help lawmakers understand that.

FIRST: Tell These Two Powerful Senators That You’d Like NYS to Prohibit Devocalization of Dogs & Cats NOW.

Tell the office of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at 518-455-3171: “I’d like the senator’s help ensuring S6167A becomes law this session, without amendments that would change its intent or reduce enforceability.”

Tell the office of Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie at 518-455-3438: “Please ask the senator to release S6167A from Agriculture favorably now, without amendments that would change its intent or reduce enforceability. It deserves a floor vote!”

Be Sure to Call Committee Members Too.
They’ve Heard From Pro-Devocalization Lobbies.
Now They Need to Hear From Pro-Animal Voices!

Agriculture committee members have been lobbied relentlessly by the veterinary association to defeat this humane bill—vets profit from devocalization! They need to hear from you. Emails are often ignored and online petitions don’t influence lawmakers. But every call counts.

Which Committee Members Should You Call? Start With …

… your own senator (in Albany, not Washington) if s/he is on this list. Don’t know who that is? Type your address in the Find My Senator form here:

Then Call the Rest If You Can. If You Can’t Call Them All …

Please make at least two calls—in addition to Senators Ritchie and Skelos. Here’s a way to ensure each senator gets some.

If you have a dog, call numbers 1-2.
If you have a cat, call numbers 3-4.
If you have both, call numbers 5-6.
If you have neither, call numbers 7-9—then adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue group!

Senate Agriculture Committee

1. Sen. Tony Avella, 518-455-2210
2. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, 518-455-3471
3. Sen. Shirley L. Huntley, 518-455-3531
4. Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, 518-455-2426
5. Sen. Thomas. F. O’Mara, 518-455-2091
6. Sen. Michael H. Razenhofer, 518-455-3161
7. Sen. James. L. Seward, 518-455-3131
8. Sen. David J. Valesky, 518-455-2838
9. Sen. Catharine Young, 518-455-3563

What to Say to an Aide: “Please ask the senator to release S6167A from Agriculture favorably now, without amendments that would change its intent or reduce enforceability. It deserves a floor vote!”

Some aides may try to confuse you; some are argumentative. Don’t debate. Repeat your message politely and say “thank you.”

Get voicemail? Leave a brief message, then call back till you speak with an aide. Don’t give up!
Be an informed advocate. Read about the issue and amendments that would hurt animals.


Carol H (229)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:53 pm
action to be taken, thank you Cher

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:17 pm
action taken thnx

Barb K (1687)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:19 pm
If God hadn't meant for dogs to bark and cats to meow He wouldn't have given them vocal chords!!!!!!!! Can you say DUH? In my eyes, it'd be the same as taking a baby's vocal chords out because the parents didn't want to have to hear it crying. It's truly INSANE!! Thnx Cher!!

. (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:47 pm
thanks for posting this Cher. It's so important that people don't lose sight of this and I was happy to read that we have a little more time now..from June 1st to the 21st. Please, write, share in any way possible.

Karen R (87)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 4:41 pm
noted thanks

Jeraldine D. (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 7:34 pm
... they didnt know what is the real feeling of those animals who's involved in human abuse.. lets stop this kind of cruelty..

Raiin Blue (72)
Friday May 25, 2012, 12:15 am
noted...Too far in Nepal cant call...
All the best please keep calling! don't allow this.

Holly H (8)
Friday May 25, 2012, 2:10 am
Stop this cruel practice NOW!

SANDRA R (144)
Friday May 25, 2012, 3:14 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Cher.

Despina Vekris (9)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:33 am
Enough is enough

Despina Vekris (9)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:34 am
thank you

Friday May 25, 2012, 6:55 am
Done. Thanks Cher

Sandi C (99)
Friday May 25, 2012, 9:28 am

Nancy Roussy (79)
Friday May 25, 2012, 10:09 am
Noted, thank you!

Anneke Andries (279)
Friday May 25, 2012, 10:41 am
no mail-protest? I'm in the Netherlands...

Margaret B (88)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 7:16 am
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