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Animal Rights Advocates Outraged Over Dog Tattoos

Animal Rights Advocates Outraged Over Dog Tattoos

It’s a growing trend — people decorating their dogs with tattoos. The specialty practice stems from an offshoot of pet care that began when dog owners sought to transform their pets into a panda or other exotic creature. Today, some dog owners are putting tats on their dogs that include everything from logos of their favorite sports teams to anchors, skulls, flames, and even “I love Mom” hearts. The designs, which cost around $100 each and last a few weeks, are typically applied to the animal’s hip or tailbone. Some dog owners have gone all out, combining tattoos with colored Mohawks.

Cruel, Potentially Injurious Practice

Pet groomers say the airbrushed designs created with a stencil and non-toxic dye are safe for animals. PETA and a growing number of animal rights advocates strongly disagree. They say branding dogs with tattoos can create stress and allergic reactions that can threaten a dog’s life. PETA also notes that pet tattoos of a sports team logo or tribal art are insensitive to a dog’s dignity. A spokesman for the ASPCA noted that tattooing an animal for the owner’s vanity and entertainment without any regard for the well-being of the animal is not something the ASPCA supports. It sharply condemned the practice for anything other than identification purposes.

Tramp Stamping Dogs May Be Illegal

To those who think it’s cute to mutilate a dog this way, they’ll soon be breaking the law. The New York state Senate recently voted unanimously to ban the practice of tramp stamping their pet. Other states are expected to follow suit. A recent article in the New York Daily News noted that Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced the animal rights bill after she discovered “gothic kittens” with tattoos and piercings for sale online. Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti, the bill was designed to prevent animals from unnecessary body modification. The bill does allow dogs to be tattooed for medical or identification purposes. Hopefully, common sense will rule and tattooing animals we become illegal nationwide.

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2:40AM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

People have money for this crap but if their pet needed a procedure they would put down their pet because it would be too expensive.

12:36AM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Thank you!

12:46AM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

Thank you!

10:47AM PDT on Sep 12, 2014

So unnecessary and just plain stupid.

1:30AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Totally wrong in my opinion!

6:02PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

The only reason to tattoo a dog is for identification purposes; the rest is human vanity.

5:54PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Your dog, or cat isn't supposed to be a fashion accessory.

10:35PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

How cruel and stupid to do to your dog.

4:22AM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Some people are so stupid they just do not deserve to have a furry family member.
Dogs are not playthings for humans.

2:21AM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

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