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NY Debarking Bill Moving - Contact the Assembly Today!

(Monday, June 04, 2012)

Assembly Bill 3431 would ban the practice of debarking, thereby restricting the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, safe decisions on behalf of their pets in conjunction with their veterinarian.

This bill is scheduled for consideration in the Assembly Codes Committee tomorrow (Tuesday, June 5), after which it could be voted on by the full New York Assembly very soon. Responsible New York dog owners and breeders are strongly encouraged to contact their New York Assemblymembers TODAY and ask them to OPPOSE Assembly Bill 3431. Click here and type in your address to find the name and contact information for your Assembly Member.

There is much misinformation about the veterinary procedure known as debarking and the AKC opposes bans on this procedure. Debarking is a viable veterinary procedure that may allow a dog owner to keep a dog in its loving home rather than to be forced to euthanize or surrendering it to a shelter when their pet's noisy behavior continually disrupts the community.

Debarking should only be performed under anesthesia by a qualified veterinarian after behavioral medication efforts to correct a dog’s excessive barking have failed. As with other veterinary medical decisions, the decision to debark a dog is best left to individual owners and their veterinarians.

Talking Points:

Read the AKC’s position statement on debarking

Read AKC’s Issue Analysis: Dispelling the Myths of Cropped Ears, Docked Tails, Dewclaws, and Debarking

View a sample letter to personalize

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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