Target: New York State Senator Mark Grisanti
Goal: Make the practice of tattooing and piercing animals illegal
There have been photographs and videos, news stories, and social media posts popping up across the internet showing pets with piercings and tattoos. Owners have decided to take it upon themselves to make decisions on behalf of their dogs and cats that inflict pain and endanger their animals’ health. A bill has been proposed to ban this practice in New York, and hand down hefty fines to violators. Forcing pets to undergo painful procedures needs to stop immediately, before this kind of cruelty becomes more of a trend.
If the bill passes, piercing the body of a pet would only be allowed for medical purposes, and tattoos would only be permitted if a permanent mark on the skin is needed for identification, such as a mark on the stomach of dogs who have been spayed to indicate to shelters, if the dog should end up in one, that the dog has already had the procedure. Violations would carry penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“This practice needs to stop,” said Senator Grisanti. “Animals do not have the ability to make decisions on whether or not to get a tattoo or body piercing, but we as human beings can do the right thing and make it illegal for pet owners to tattoos or pierce their pets.” He also added, “On a number of different levels, this practice is a selfish act by a pet owner. No matter how you look at it, this is animal cruelty and we must do what we can to protect our dogs, cats and other pets from being put through that type of discomfort.” The Humane Society of New York is also actively supporting the bill.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and put a stop to this ridiculous and cruel trend.
Dear Senator Grisanti,
You recently proposed a bill that would ban piercing and tattooing pets. This horrible practice has been making headlines over the past few years and appears to have become a growing trend. The new law would make it an offense in New York, punishable with a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.
You have my full support. Thank you for your commitment to protecting the dogs and cats of New York from selfish and unnecessary cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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