Tattoos and piercings of pets will become a crime in the state of New York after a new law was passed to ban the “cruel” practice. Support for the law grew after an image of a tattoo on a sedated pet’s shoulder was shared on Instagram.
While people are free to choose the pain of tattoos or piercings to satisfy their own “aesthetic predilections”, pets don’t have the luxury of choice, said Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the legislation.
The Manhattan Democrat added that the practice “is simply cruel”, after the law was signed on Monday by governor Andrew Cuomo. It will take effect in 120 days.
“This is animal abuse, pure and simple”, was Cuomo’s comment after he signed the new law which has set penalties for violations ranging up to 15 days in jail and fines of up to $250, according to staff at the governor’s office.
Rosenthal’s chief of staff Lauren Schuster said that support for the legislation grew this year after a Brooklyn tattoo artist posted an image of his tattooed dog on Instagram in March.
1. The new laws were introduced after this picture of a Pit-bull mix called Zion was posted on Instagram by Brooklyn artist Alexander Avgerakis under the moniker ‘Mistah Metro’. Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the legislation called animal tattoos ‘cruel’.
2. After posting the picture, Avgerakis explained his dog had just had to have her spleen removed and was still under anaesthetic when the tattoo was done. But the American Veterinary Medical Association said they had policies against tattoos because, ‘it’s not good for the dog’.
3. Avgerakis later removed the post. Anyone attempting to tattoo or pierce their dog in New York will face penalties which range up to 15 days in jail and fines of up to $250, according to staff at governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
When he posted a picture of his tattooed Pit Bull mix, called Zion, on his Instagram account, Alexander Avgerakis, who goes by the moniker “Mistah Metro”, bragged that “my dog is cooler than yours”. Next to the image of his dog, which has since been deleted, he wrote:
She had her spleen removed yesterday, and the vet let me tattoo her while she was under (anaesthetic).
Tattoed on a shaven area on the dog’s shoulder, the heart tattoo was inked with the names Alex and Mel.
Tattooing and piercing animals violates laws against animal cruelty in all 50 states, according to Teresa Chagrin, an animal care and control specialist for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She added that it wasn’t immediately clear if other states had clarified their laws like New York did.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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