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"This is animal abuse pure and simple," said Gov. Mario Cuomo as he signed a bill outlawing unnecessary piercing and tattooing of cats, dogs and all other pets into law earlier this week.
Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) introduced the bill in the state legislature several years ago when she heard about a woman who was selling “Gothic kittens” with piercings on their necks, ears and spines.
"Tattooing and piercing of companion animals serves no purpose other than to satisfy the aesthetic predilections of the owner," Rosenthal said. "And it inflicts unnecessary pain on the animal that they cannot understand or contextualize.”
Under the new law, piercing and tattooing will be allowed only in limited circumstances, such as ear tags on rabbits and tattoos for identification purposes.