With the exception of markings for identification purposes performed under the supervision of a veterinarian or animal shelter, pet owners can be fined up to $250 and sentenced to 15 days in jail if they break the law.
The legislation was sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, who said in a press statement: “While people can decide whether they would like to undergo the pain associated with a tattoo or piercing, animals do not have that luxury. Subjecting animals to painful cosmetic procedures, such as tattooing and piercing, merely to satisfy an individual’s misguided and selfish aesthetic predilections is inhumane and should be considered cruelty by the law.”
The law, which was signed by Gov. Cuomo on Monday and officially goes into effect in 120 days, was introduced following reports of sales of “gothic kittens” that were subjected to multiple body piercings, and the public outrage sparked by a Brooklyn tattoo artist who goes by the name “Mistah Metro” who inked his own dog while she was under anesthesia for surgery.
The dumb dude was rightfully fired from his job at a Prospect Heights tattoo parlor after he posted the above pic of his newly inked, passed out pooch on Instagram.
As always, I applaud any legislation that keeps people from doing awful things to animals. So thanks to Gov. Cuomo and Assemblywoman Rosenthal for fighting the good fight.
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