Success: Tattoos and Piercings on Animals Banned

Tattoos and piercings made illegal on domestic pets

Target: Linda Rosenthal, New York State Assemblywoman

Goal: Commend the efforts of Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal for outlawing cosmetic tattoos and piercings on domestic animals

Tattooing and piercing domestic animals is now illegal in the state of New York. Through the efforts of Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, domestic animals will no longer endure this cruel practice. A previous Force Change petition demanded action to pass this bill and now we’d like to commend Rosenthal’s efforts to stand up for these innocent animals.

Rosenthal has passed over a dozen laws protecting the rights of animals. She introduced this particular bill three years ago. She felt passionate about fight for helpless animal victims of tattoos and piercings after hearing about a Pennsylvania pet owner attempting to sell “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings. The law remained stagnate for three years until an utterly disturbing image emerged on Instagram. A pit bull, while under sedation for spleen surgery, was tattooed by his owner. These pets cannot act or speak for themselves and this law seeks to protect these helpless creatures. New Jersey has now introduced a similar initiative to ban cosmetic tattoos and piercings on domestic pets.

A quick Google search will reveal disturbing images of a variety of domestic pets that have endured piercings and tattoos at the hands of negligent owners. These animals should not have to deal with the painful process and recovery associated with tattoos and piercings. Once the bill is signed into law later this year, owners will be subject to fines or even imprisonment. Licensed veterinarians may only tattoo for identification or medical purposes. Cosmetic changes to pets should not be allowed. Animals do not volunteer for these painful cosmetic procedures. By signing this petition, you are thanking the Assemblywoman for her actions against abusive pet owners.


Dear Assemblywoman Rosenthal,

I commend your efforts to protect helpless animals. The tattooing and piercing of pets no longer remains legal in the state of New York. Pets will not endure cruel and painful cosmetic changes at the request of their owners. Thank you for taking a stand for domestic animal health.

Your bill has encouraged New Jersey to criminalize the cosmetic practice of tattooing and piercing domestic pets. I hope even more states take action to prevent this wrong-doing. Cosmetic tattoos and piercings on animals are abuse. Thank you for subjecting such cruel owners to the repercussions of the law. Your efforts toward increasing animal rights deserves to be applauded.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: reader of the pack via Flickr

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  1. Clare Worthington says:

    I think this is brilliant as its so wrong why tattoo or Pierce your pets its not like its its the animal choice to have these types of things done so I think it is one thing that people should be doing to the pets they have as we all humans can make that choice to have these things done our pets cannot voice if they wont to have this done so I think this is one thing that is wrong in ways I think it is abusing animals

  2. thank you for speaking up for those who cannot. Decorative tattoos and piercings have no place on our companion animals.

  3. Arlene Zimmer says:

    Precious animals don’t need to have “decorations”! They are naturally beautiful and loving. It’s humans that need to better themselves!


  5. Michael Lynn says:

    Glad to see these depraved actions against nature was banned in the said state: but it is open blindness and vain for the rulers of this nation to plead “United we stand” when it is far from the truth. Justice is universal all the world over, from one end of this nation unto the other. Such laws should be issued from a higher ground to every state, because it is right.

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