The bill, called "Logan's Law" in memory of a show dog whose breeder had him devocalized
and later gave him up, prohibits so-called "de-barking," the cutting of an animal's vocal cords to quiet the voice.
Far more flagrant were operas-into-ballets that devocalized
the original scores: London witnessed a wholly danced version of Auber's La Muette de Portici at the King's Theatre in 1829, and a similar redaction of Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable a decade later.
I have devocalized
the Tetragrammaton in this quote.
One would have lifted a requirement to file with city and town clerks written certificates on dogs that have been devocalized
, as is done when dogs are spayed and neutered.
I agree that it is a barbaric and inhumane procedure, but, frankly, I have not heard of one person in this state who has had a dog devocalized.
Pierannunzi of Revere, the North Shore coordinator of the Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, the sponsor of the bill, said there is no way of knowing if dogs have been devocalized, because there are no records kept.
Dubbed "Logan's Law," in memory of a show dog devocalized and then abandoned by his breeder, the bill would prohibit vocal cord surgery except to treat disease, injury or congenital abnormality.
Shelter executives maintain devocalized animals are surrendered to them just like those who still have their natural voice, and that barking is not cause for euthanasia.
They note many devocalized
dogs have been surrendered to shelters and that responsible ownership, not devocalization, is what prevents abandonment.
In addition, a devocalized
dog or cat may develop behavioral problems to compensate for their inability to express themselves, including increased aggression and biting," Ms.
Humane societies and animal shelters disagree, pointing out that devocalized
dogs are abandoned just like any other dogs.