NYS Bans Tattoos on Pets

Now that tattoos are more mainstream, it seems to be that some poeple are trying to get their pets tattooed. Recently, a tattoo artist in NY state tattooed his dog and in 2011 there were reports of someone selling “gothic kittens” that were pierced.

In many states, anti-cruelty laws make it a crime to intentionally inflict pain or suffering on a companion animal. New legislation in New York State now prohibits unnecessary body modification on companion animals. Specifically, the statute makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce a pet. This is beyond the tattooing that is used for identification purposes.

The legislation was endorsed by the Humane Society of New York and the Govenor. Anyone who is found to violate the law will be fined $1,000 and may receive up to a year in jail. The bill does provide exceptions for medical or identification purposes.

What do you think? Would you ever tattoo your pet just because you are tattooed?

Image from Tattooblog.com

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