- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Body art is not for animals, at least not in New York.

It will soon be a crime to pierce or tattoo your companion animal anywhere in the state.

The new law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes effect in 120 days.

Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the legislation, says the practice is simply cruel.

There’s an exception in the law for is marking done under a veterinarian’s supervision for a medical reason or identification.

Rosenthal says that’s intended, for example, for pets like her cat which was spayed by a vet and given a little green mark to show it.

Cuomo says penalties for violations range up to 15 days in jail and fines up to $250.

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