Tattoos are pretty painful by anyone’s standards, so for an animal, it must be seriously confusing and distressing.
A Russian tattoo artist, who is mysteriously known as simply as ‘Aleksandr,’ has been slammed for tattooing his Sphynx cat in Yekaterinburg, in Russia’s central region of Sverdlovsk Oblast.
He dosed his poor cat up on aesthetics before grabbing his needle and ink and scrawling ‘gangster’ style designs upon the helpless, hairless cat, the Daily Mail reports.
Obviously the body artist must have a conscience and knew he’d done something despicable, which is apparently why he anaesthetised him, to ease the agony.
Of course I feel pity for doing it to him. It’s not like he wanted to do it himself. He has a different skin, so tattoos are applied differently.
I hope it is not too bad for him, it is not his first tattoo. Usually he feels fine and recovers from the anaesthesia pretty fast.
His cruelly tattooed cat is named Demon and now dons his own set of body art, with depictions which are eerily typical of Russian criminals and gang leaders.
The tattoos include a prison tower, a woman and a man with a cigarette and apparently are used to signify a gang member’s status, the level of their crime and their time served.
Thankfully not everyone is in support for Aleksandr’s ‘art,’ as animal right’s activist Yelizaveta Skorynina lashed back at the artist for inflicting something so cruel upon his pet.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to imagine the skin on a fur-free creature is ‘extremely sensitive’ and according to the activist, the anaesthetic itself is also a huge risk.
The drug turns off the movement of the cat, but the brain is still working. If he does it frequently, it could affect its heart.
Apparently this is a common occurrence in Russia, with another tattoo artist, also confusingly named Aleksandr, claiming the act is the same as a farmer branding his livestock.
It is an old practice, this is why I am neutral to it.
Regardless of whether it’s been done for decades or not, it still doesn’t take away from the cruelty inflicted upon the poor animal.
Hopefully Demon will make a full recovery and doesn’t have to suffer anymore ‘body art’ at the hands of humans…