Friday, January 22, 2016

No Tatts For Cats

Black Cat Face
No tatts for this cat
Are you thinking your cat might look cute with a mouse tattooed on his side? If you live in New York, you'd better move fast because tattooing companion animals will be illegal 120 days from now. So will unnecessary piercings.

"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.

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