Two months ago ISAR brought to the attention of our supporters the pendency of House Bill 344 prohibiting under most circumstances the "devocalization" of animals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The thrust of our blog was not merely that the bill sought to address a serious moral issue of animal rights, but to deconstruct the specious and anti-animal position of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.
To its everlasting shame, the MVMA persisted in its unprincipled and indefensible opposition to HB 344.
The governor has signed the bill.
"Devocalization" is now a crime in Massachusetts.
And the MVMA has disgraced itself.