New York: No More Tattoos—for Pets
Bill banning pet tattoos and piercings expected to become law
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2014 10:33 AM CDT
You can ink yourself, just not your pets.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Apparently tattooing pets is a thing. At least, it's popular enough that New York passed a bill on Wednesday banning owners from inking up companion animals. Piercings are off the table, too, according to the bill, which was introduced in 2011 by Linda Rosenthal, an assemblywoman who read an article about pierced "gothic kittens" for sale online, the New York Daily News reports. The kittens being hawked on eBay were pierced down their entire backs, Rosenthal's chief of staff explains to CNN. (The Pennsylvania groomer selling them ended up being convicted of animal cruelty.)

Governor Andrew Cuomo is now expected to sign the bill into law. It grants an exception only for tattooing that serves as a form of identification—though animal rights advocates are pushing "microchipping" as an alternative—or indicates a medical procedure has been carried out. Such tattooing can only be performed by a licensed veterinarian. (Another win for animal lovers in New York: They can now be buried with their pets.)

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Jun 21, 2014 12:52 PM CDT
Too many people think animals are fashion accessories or toys or trophies--inanimate things to be shown off, discarded when they're finished with them or tired of them.Those people make me want to do the same thing to them.
Mark Dreher
Jun 21, 2014 1:45 AM CDT
That is cruel. The pet, did not agree to that.
Jun 21, 2014 12:40 AM CDT
I suppose to get buried with your pets means that you have them euthanized. How kind.