Is it wrong to force owners to surgically 'debark' loud dogs? | The Tylt
An Oregon court ruled a couple must send their dogs to the vet to have their vocal cords cut because the pack of Tibetan and Pyrenean Mastiffs is too loud. Their neighbors sued the couple after suffering from the incessant barking for more than a decade. Animal rights activists say 'debarking' dogs is animal cruelty; it's unethical to remove any dog's vocal chords. Others disagree and see it as one solution for problematic dogs. Loud dogs can terrorize neighbors. What do you think? 🐕
Is it wrong to force owners to surgically 'debark' loud dogs?
Animal rights activists say debarking is cruel because it deprives dogs of the right to speak for the owner's convenience. Dogs communicate vocally. Removing their ability to bark removes a fundamental form of communication. Some states like New Jersey have banned the surgery altogether—unless there is a medical or therapeutic reason.
There are better options that debarking. Shock collars and citronella spray are effective ways of teaching dogs to stop barking. Owners can also go to an animal behaviorist or trainer.
Proponents of debarking say it's harmless. Even if it's not, it's better than the alternative—giving up or euthanizing your dog. Veterinarians who do the operation say the procedure is quick and harmless. Most dogs bounce back quickly without even noticing anything has changed.
Owners who face complaints from neighbors and housing associations say debarking allows them to keep their dog without upending their lives. People who live in cities and apartments don't have many options if their dog is loud for whatever reason.
When the choice is between giving up your dog or surgery, debarking doesn't seem as cruel.