In many places around the world, there are no bans on dog tattoos, including Argentina.
And so, shocked by this unnecessary practice, an Argentinian woman, Maria Estela Fernandez, has started a petition to get it banned.
As of September 22, 2020, the petition had just over 40 000 of the 50 000 signatures required. If you would like to add your voice to help stop this heartless practice, please click here.
It seems people are doing it purely to try and be unique or ‘fashionable’. That they are using the animal as an accessory, trying to attract attention to themselves at the expense of their pet’s well-being.
As Maria says, it’s cruel to inflict pain and suffering on an animal.
“They are living beings that we have to treat with respect and care. It seems irrational to me that a tattoo artist lends himself to it, knowing that there is no possibility of expressing will on the part of the animal.
It should be noted though that certain types of animal tattoos are deemed acceptable. But these are very small tattoos which in some cases are used for identification – either of the animal itself or as means to know whether the individual has already been spayed or neutered.
This is because microchips aren’t always as effective as they need to be.
The practice of tattooing pets for ‘artistic’ or aesthetic reasons is banned within the European Union.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also signed legislation banning pet tattooing or piercing in the state.
This followed an uproar caused by Brooklyn tattoo artist Mistah Metro, who gave his dog a large shoulder tattoo. “One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than yours!” he said at the time on Instagram. “She had her spleen removed today and the veterinarian let me tattoo her while she was under.”
Upon signing in the legislation banning tattooing or piercing of pets in New York state, Cuomo said: “This is animal abuse, pure and simple. I’m proud to sign this common-sense legislation and outlaw these cruel and unacceptable practices once and for all in New York.”