These days, people do everything with their pets. Dress them, throw them lavish parties, even marry them. But when Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal saw stories about a woman selling “Gothic kittens”, she knew something needed to be done. The helpless house pets were being sold with piercings on their necks, ears and spines.
“This is animal abuse, pure and simple,” Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign this common-sense legislation and outlaw these cruel and unacceptable practices once and for all in New York.”
The bill was introduced back in 2011 when news about the kittens surfaced and was approved last June then legislation was signed last month outlawing the tattooing or piercing of pets.
What sped up the momentum after the 4 year delay was when a Brooklyn tattoo artist Mistah Metro posted a photo of his tattooed sedated dog on Instagram.
The photo, captioned “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” was taken down soon after but as we know, anything posted online lives forever.
Rosenthal has written legislation giving judges the power to issue orders of protection to pets, limiting the testing of cosmetics on animals, and giving cities special powers to shut down puppy mills.
“Humans should not apply their own fashion sense in permanent harm and injury to their animals.”