NY State Passes Bill That Bans Tattooing and Piercing of Pets

June 20, 2014 | Marina Galperina

State lawmakers have just adopted legislation that will criminalize the tattooing and piercing of domestic pets.

The bill was introduced in 2011 by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), after she learned that a woman in Ross Township, Pennsylvania was selling “gothic kittens” on eBay. The kittens were studded, had piercings on their necks and spines, and one had to have its tail amputated due to injury from being tied off by a “submission ring.”

“Although the animals may look unique and even cute to some, this jewelry interferes with their everyday activities, and is most definitely unhygienic and probably uncomfortable for them,” an APCA spokesmen stated in 2012, “We will fight this ridiculous and cruel fad to it’s conclusion.”

“Companion animals… will no longer be subject to the selfish whims of their owners,” said Rosenthal stated this week. Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign the law. (Image: Mistah Metro)