Care2 activists starts petition to ban debarking in Oregon.

Care2 activists starts petition to ban debarking in Oregon.

In most cases, dogs are noisy, but that didn't stop the Oregon Courts of Appeals' August ruling to debark a Southern Oregon couple's six dogs.

"I think that a lot of people think that it's very inhumane to deprive an animal of the ability to perform, what's really a basic routine behavior on a permanent basis," says Julie Mastrine who is the media manager of Care2, an online activist group.

The dog owner's neighbors have been complaining for more than a decade about the dogs who are used to protect the couples farm animals.

"Care2 members were pretty upset when they saw the news," says Mastrine.

She says just one day after the ruling, members started taking action by starting a petition to make it illegal in Oregon to debark dogs.

"Our community has 40 million active members, and those members are all over the world," says Mastrine. "While this petition is being signed by a lot of people from Oregon, there are a lot of people over the world who are supporting the cause."

More than 52,000 people have signed the petition so far.

"We have a lot of passionate animal lover on our website, and they try to speak out on behalf of those who literally can't speak as much as possible," says Mastrine.

The supporters are speaking up to help dogs that will still be able to make some sound after the surgery; it is the type of voice supporters don't want anymore dogs to have.

"The altered voices will be described as lower and harsher, more muscled, raspy and wheezy, screechy and high pitched," says Mastrine.

"There are people that stand with them and that are going to get these laws changed so that it doesn't happen to anybody else," says Mastrine.

If you would like to sign the petition, click here.

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