Mickey, a hairless Sphynx cat, was recently subjected to a three-hour tattoo session, during which a King Tut tatt was inked onto the skin of his neck and chest. Mickey was anesthetized for the procedure.
Mickey’s owner, Oksana Popova, decided to do so to celebrate the ‘interesting times’ that currently surround Russia.
She felt that the tattoo was both fitting and appropriate for her Sphynx, and she was delighted with the finished design.
Animal rights activists are outaged. Irina Novozhilova, an animal rights activist in Moscow, was outspoken in her disgust, decrying the procedure as barbaric and cruel.
Novozhilova said, “The ethical thinking about animals in Russia lacks behind that of the West. People in Russia mostly buy animals for selfish reasons and anything that happens to them afterwards is a consequence of that.”
Unfortunately, cat tattoos seem to be quite the rage in Russia.
Pro-tatt pet owners argue that it’s just like tattooing them for identification purposes (which happens to be far less extensive). Such identification tattoos are usually placed either on the inner leg of the cat, which of course requires shaving the cats hair, or inside of its outer ear and must be done by a veterinarian or a trained specialist. As microchip technology has improved, ID tatts have become far less common.
I’m aghast. Ornamental pet tatooing is a sickening practice from which all pets should be protected.
What about you? Are you ready to head down to the Tattoo Parlor with Fluffy, or do you think people who do this should be tortured in unmentionable ways?
[PHOTOS: Balkanpix.com; AP. LINK: petwellbeing.cm]