senate Bill S6769C
(R, C, IP) 0 Senate District
- In Committee
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- Delivered to Governor
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Prohibits companion animal piercing and tattooing except when done in conjunction with a medical procedure for the benefit of a companion animal.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to prohibiting piercing and tattooing of companion animals
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to
amend the animal cruelty statute to include the prohibition of
companion animal piercing or tattooing, unless such activity provides
a medical or identification benefit.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 353 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a
new section 353-f.
JUSTIFICATION: The practices of tattooing and piercing are procedures
that are accompanied by considerable risk and potential peril. Most
humans would not undergo such a process without the assistance of
someone professionally trained and without precautions. Due to such
risks, laws exist to protect those most vulnerable, such as children
who are not yet mature enough to understand the potential danger
involved and the latent consequences, from having their flesh tattooed
Animals are also a vulnerable population, as they have no means of
expression and must live on the whim of their owners. Recent events
have brought the callous practice of tattooing and piercing companion
animals into the spotlight. Veterinarians have made statements
detailing the cruel results of such procedures. They have reported
that ear piercings can alter an animal's ability to hear correctly and
that piercings along the line of the spine, such as in the neck or at
the base of the tail, hamper balance and jumping. These animals, in
being defenseless and lacking a choice in the matter, need protections
written into the law to prevent these barbaric procedures.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.8526 of 2011-2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred and
twentieth day after it shall have become a law.
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