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No More Tattooing and Piercing Pets in New York ... (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Matt Formica
Matt Formica

Dec 16, 2014

The state of New York has just banned pet piercing and pet tattooing, which has apparently been a recent fashion trend by some pet owners.  (I have been a pet owner my entire life and have never even thought of doing this, nor did I know this was happening.  Then I consulted the Google machine and ... wow....see below.)

The legislation, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, goes into effect in 120 days.  "This is animal abuse, pure and simple," Cuomo said in a statement.  

The bill was first introduced by Linda Rosenthal in 2011, who decided to take action after seeing a woman from Pennsylvania attempting to sell "gothic kittens" on the internet.  (Sidenote:  Ummmm...what?!!!)  Anyway, in the past few years, numerous people have been posting pictures on the internet of pets getting tattoos and piercings, but thankfully NY is putting a stop this madness.

Violators of the new law face up to $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.  (Ear tags on rabbits or tattoos for identification purposes will still be allowed as well as operations monitored by veterinarians that provide medical benefit to the animal).

Way to go, Cuomo, Rosenthal, and New York!!

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