Protecting Pets

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New York is cracking down on tattoos and body piercings; but only for certain customers.

Earlier this week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law banning tattoos and piercings for animals. That comes after a recent trend in people trying to glamorize their animals and circulating the pictures online.

The bill was introduced three years ago when a Pennsylvania woman attempted to sell kittens with piercings down their neck and spines. It gained steam when someone in Brooklyn tattooed his pit bull while the dog was put out for surgery.

Governor Cuomo says this is a form of animal abuse and will no longer be tolerated. He says this is a bill that he never imagined he would sign but thanks to a few misguided people it is now law.

Violators of the law which applies to dogs, cats and all other pets face up to $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail. Ear tags on rabbits and tattoos for identification purposes are exempt from the law. There are some things that don't need to be trendy.