No, this is not an Onion headline

Earlier this year the above photo caused outrage when Brooklyn tattoo artist “Mistah Metro” posted it to Instagram and declared, “My dog is cooler than yours!”

The backlash was swift and to the point.

“That is disgusting. how could you do that to a poor dog?” Twitter user @JordanBurmeis raged.

User @arodomus added: “Unfortunate the dog can’t talk. He’d have a few choice words!”

Others fired off slams such as “You make me absolutely sick” and “I hope you rot in jail!”

Chris Torres — the owner of the Red Legged Devil tattoo shop in Prospect Heights, where Mistah Metro works — said he had nothing to do with the tasteless tat.

“It wasn’t done at my shop. I’m an animal lover,” said Torres, who has appeared on the TLC reality show “NY Ink.”

Animal-rights advocates also criticized the tattoo, saying canines should be inked only for ID purposes.

“The tattooing of an animal for the selfish joy and entertainment of its owner, without any regard for the well-being of the animal, is not something the ASPCA supports,” a spokeswoman for the organization said.

Yesterday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that makes it illegal to tattoo or pierce pets purely for cosmetic purposes.

The new law goes into effect in April and a violation could bring up to 15 days in jail and/or an up to $250 fine.

“This is animal abuse, pure and simple,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I’m proud to sign this common-sense legislation and end these cruel and unacceptable practices in New York once and for all.”

We should just call this the “Don’t be an asshole law of common sense”.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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