According to a recent news article, New York has banned the cosmetic piercing and tattooing of pets. It is an unfortunate reality that such a law would even be necessary, but when a woman in Pennsylvania was found advertising “gothic” kittens with piercings and amputated tails online, two lawmakers in New York introduced a bill to ban the practice. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law in December. Only piercings or tattoos with a medical benefit will be permitted when the law goes into effect in the spring of 2015. Violators could be punished with a 15-day jail sentence and a fine up to $250. Legislators in New Jersey have also introduced a similar bill to prevent the painful and inherently cruel practice in their state.
Take Action: Residents of New York, contact Governor Andrew Cuomo and thank him for signing this bill into law. Residents of New Jersey, please contact your legislators and ask them to support S2500 which would classify the cosmetic tattooing and piercing of pets as acts of animal cruelty.
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State NYS
State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224