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It is now illegal to tattoo and pierce pets in NY

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-16 12:05:12-05
The tattoo artist, Mistah Metro,  was fired after he posted a picture of his tattooed dog on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)

The tattoo artist, Mistah Metro, was fired after he posted a picture of his tattooed dog on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)

NEW YORK – It is now against the law to pierce or tattoo pets in another part of the country.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law banning the banning of piercing and tattooing pets for purely “cosmetic” purposes.

The law allows limited circumstances like ear tags.

“This is animal abuse, pure and simple,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign this common sense legislation and end these cruel and unacceptable practices in New York once and for all.”

People who violate the law could face 15 days in jail and/or a fine of $250.

“While people can decide whether they would like to undergo the pain associated with a tattoo or piercing, animals do not have that luxury,” Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal said. “Subjecting animals to painful cosmetic procedures, such as tattooing and piercing, merely to satisfy an individual’s misguided and selfish aesthetic predilections, is inhumane and should be considered cruelty by the law.”

In March, Brooklyn tattoo artist “Mistah Metro” was fired after he tattooed his unconscious dog at a veterinarian’s office and posted the photo on Instagram.

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