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Do not tattoo your pony, court tells German man

The Local · 10 Aug 2012, 16:02

Published: 10 Aug 2012 16:02 GMT+02:00

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The man had already registered his new animal tattoos firm, shaved a large area of his pony’s flank and tattooed the outline of the Stones' famous design on the animal’s skin when the court stopped any further ink work.

The Münster administrative appeals tribunal on Friday upheld a ban imposed by the Coesfeld local council, on the grounds that tattooing animals for fashion purposes violated animal cruelty laws.

The man, who was not named in the media, appealed against the ban, saying he wanted to earn money with the enterprise and use his "individually decorated" pony as an advert.

But judges punctured his business dreams, ruling that even if humans usually undergo tattooing without anaesthetic, this did not mean that animals felt no pain.

The court added that an animal's fear and inability to understand the cause of the pain, however slight, or how long it would last, had to be taken into account.

In addition, the court added, humans could interrupt the process at any time if they felt uncomfortable. The animal, on the other hand, was "subject to the will of the tattooist."

But German law still allows an animal to be tattooed for identification purposes.

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17:14 August 10, 2012 by lucksi
The solution is RIGHT IN THE ARTICLE

"But German law still allows an animal to be tattooed for identification purposes."

Unless the law states that it must be a barcode or a number, go ahead with the tounge. I bet that the pony can be indentified by it.

Also, I hate tattoos and you have to be incredibly vain to have your pet tattooed, just as a sidenote.
17:51 August 10, 2012 by realist1961
The court added that an animal's fear and inability to understand the cause of the pain, however slight, or how long it would last, had to be taken into account.

German judges continue to amaze me. They can now read an animal's mind. Perhaps they can tell me how animals feel about being my dinner.
00:39 August 11, 2012 by Mr_BBQ
But circumcising human babies is OK... ?

- Babies cannot "interrupt the process at any time". They are ""subject to the will" of parents and doctors.

- Babies also have "fear and inability to understand the cause of the pain, however slight, or how long it would last"

- Is cosmetic circumcision illegal "for fashion purposes"? This violates animal cruelty laws. Babies have less rights than animals?
17:28 August 13, 2012 by ghostwind
@Mr_BBQ: As of this year, non-medical circumcision is illegal in Germany.
11:17 August 20, 2012 by grazhdanin
Countless numbers of animals are tortured every day for the production of food.
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