It used to be the case that pet owners would dress their dogs or cats in silly or designer outfits, and leave it at that. As if that wasn’t bad enough, now pet owners are turning to more permanent trends, such as getting their pets inked or pierced.
One of the biggest issues with pet tattoos is that owners choosing to do this are putting their pets in a situation that is painful and probably frightening, plus they’re placing permanent marks on their pets. Who says dogs or cats would want this done to them even if they could choose it? What gives humans a right to go ahead and make the decision for them? It seems to be an act of ultimate dominance over animals and brings to mind horrific cow branding which was used as a way of identifying ownership of animals.
A few months ago, animal activists were shocked to see an Instagram post from a tattoo artist in Brooklyn that featured his dog bearing a tattoo. The photo caption was quite chilling: 'One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than your(s)! She had her spleen removed today, and the vet let me tattoo her while she was under.’
Pet Ink Gets Banned
Thankfully, pet tattoos are going to be banned in New York City. Anyone who is going to choose to have their pets inked will face the harshness of fines (up to $250) or approximately two weeks in jail.
Piercings Also Get the Boot
Another crazy thing some owners are doing to their pets is to get them piercings, but this is also being banned, and rightly so. The bill was initially introduced a few years ago by Linda Rosenthal, an Assemblywoman from Manhattan, who heard a shocking story about a woman who was trying to sell kittens online that bore neck and spine piercings.
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