In the endless list entitled Things That Shouldn't Require A Law But Apparently Do, we may now add "tattooing and piercing one's pet." How depressing for us.

You may recall our story from March, in which an artist employed at Prospect Heights' Red Legged Devil tattoo shop made the mistake of sharing a photo of his dog's sweet new ink, applied while she was knocked out for surgery. But just because the artist didn't think tattooing an already traumatized animal is "abusive" doesn't mean it isn't, and animal right activists/decent human beings came down on him accordingly.

Nine months later, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed off on legislation officially forbidding the practice of tattooing or piercing one's pets. Because duh.

"This is animal abuse, pure and simple," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to sign this common sense legislation and end these cruel and unacceptable practices in New York once and for all."

The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal in 2011, who has also been instrumental outlawing infinitely cruel puppy mills. Violators face up to 15 days in jail or a $250 fine. The law will take effect in 120 days but let's all start practicing not tattooing our pets right now!