On Tuesday March 10th the NY Assembly Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider Assembly Bill 1679, a bill that would ban the practice of debarking in the state unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect.
NAIA opposes this bill, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, safe decisions on behalf of their pets in conjunction with their veterinarians.
The goal of the debarking is to lower the volume of the dog's bark and the ability of the bark to carry over a wide area. Debarking in the hands of a well trained veterinarian is a very useful tool for breeders and owners. It is a simply safe procedure that saves lives and keeps well-trained animals out of the pound and in their home where they belong.
Legislation like AB 1679 fails to consider the nuances of breeding and resposible animal ownership. Some dogs are less noisy than others. Debarking is not something any resposible pet owner takes lightly and, while some dogs can be trained to reduce their barking, others cannot be trained to the point where neighbors will not be annoyed and create conflict.
We urge those of you who reside in New York to contact the Assembly Agriculture Committee TODAY and ask them to oppose Assembly Bill 1679.