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New Legislation Says No Tattoos for Pets

Posted March 06, 2015 in A Vet's Life

cat tribal tattoo />  <p><a href=According to Glenn Blain of, a 2011 story about a woman selling kittens with body piercings (referred to in the ad as “gothic kittens”), got animal advocate Linda Rosenthal all stirred up. So stirred up, in fact, that this New York Assemblywoman authored and introduced a bill outlawing the tattooing or piercing of pets.

Blain reports, interest in Ms. Rosenthal’s bill accelerated earlier in 2014 in response to an Instagram posting. The photo, by Brooklyn tattoo artist Mistah Metro, featured his dog bearing a large, fresh, over-the-shoulder tattoo. The Instagram caption stated, “One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than yours! She had her spleen removed today and the veterinarian let me tattoo her while she was under.”

Blain further reports, thanks to Linda Rosenthal’s efforts (and Mr. Metro’s desire to strut his stuff), this story has a happy ending. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans tattooing or piercing of pets in his state. Cuomo stated, “This is animal abuse, pure and simple. I’m proud to sign this common-sense legislation and outlaw these cruel and unacceptable practices once and for all in New York.”

Animal advocacy track record
Linda Rosenthal’s anti-tattoo/anti-piercing legislation is not her first foray into the animal advocacy arena. She’s authored multiple animal protection bills that you can view on the New York Stat Assembly website. Some of the bills relate to:

  • Providing for the humane removal of downed animals.
  • The sale of birds by pet dealers when such birds have not yet been fully weaned.
  • Allocate funding for the New York City animal population control fund.
  • Acts of animal cruelty in the presence of a child.
  • Create a task force to study how to improve investigations of animal abuse and enforcement of anti-animal abuse laws.
  • Include wildlife animals as those subject to the animal cruelty laws.

The list goes on and on! If I didn’t love where I live so much, I might just move to New York, thanks to Linda Rosenthal!

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Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified veterinary specialist in internal medicine as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2014.

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