Jersey Lawmakers Want to Ban Pet Tattoos

And piercings, too. Even though no documented cases.


We honestly didn’t know there was a fad for tattooing or piercing one’s pets — though we’re at once overjoyed and grossed out by the thought of Lassie wearing six nipple rings — but apparently it’s enough of a thing that New Jersey lawmakers want to ban it.

Or maybe not.

The Star-Ledger reports:

Assemblymen Carmelo Garcia, Jason O’Donnell and Raj Mukherji (all D-Hudson) on Monday introduced a bill (A3588) to clarify that under New Jersey law, tattooing or piercing a pet amounts to animal cruelty.

Garcia, the lead sponsor, said, “It’s important to protect animals from those who see them not as living beings, but as a doll or a toy which they can play with, harm or discard.”

“This bill makes it clear that piercing or tattooing any creature amounts to needless mutilation,” he said. “And anyone who knowingly or purposely subjects an animal to these and other forms of cruelty will be penalized.”

The paper adds: “There’s been no publicly documented examples of cats, pooches or other house pets in New Jersey being tattooed or pierced.” Oh. Well then.

But there was a 2011 case in Pennsylvania of a woman selling “gothic kittens” with pierced ears.  If you want your pets to display some righteously metal attitude, then, you’ll have to confine yourself to putting sunglasses on them.


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  • Joe Jones

    Let’s see. A governor who has the courts rule that he no longer has to obey laws concerning disclosure of travel expenses, a pension system that has had billions stolen by former governors and is currently being strangled by the current governor who, incidentally, is getting free reign on ignoring laws (that he wrote) to finance the pension system, casino employees being laid off because New Jersey isn’t attracting the visitors it once did, property taxes up 18% since Christie took office, despite his imposing a 2% cap, economic recovery in the bottom 1/3 of the country, and the best they can do is pass a law that has “no publicly documented examples” of its being needed. ???

  • Enuf already

    A totally disgusting, pathetic, sadistic act to force your will on an innocent, helpless animal. Imagine the poor thing running around and getting those things caught. Seriously, what the heck’s going on with people to think of yet do something like this not to mention spending money on such silly, stupid acts.
    Says much about us as a species doesn’t it …. the more intelligent….ha!

  • Oliver

    I like that they’re ahead of the ball on this one. Now if they outlaw puppy mill puppies being sold in pet stores, something that’s LONG been going on in NJ, they’d be way behind the ball, but at least they’d actually be making a difference for animals.