A tattoo artist in Russia dosed his adorable Sphynx cat named Demon up with painkillers to tattoo a series of ‘gangster’ tattoos on him. Now, the animal rights community is shaming him.
Meet Aleksandr, the tattoo artist, and the Sphynx cat!
“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,” Aleksandr said during an interview. “I hope it is not too bad for him, it is not his first tattoo. Usually, he feels fine and recovers from the anesthesia pretty fast.”
The tattoos on the Sphynx cat feature a prison tower, playing cards, and a cigarette, which are all typically worn by Russian criminals.
According to Elizabeth Skorynin, the head of an animal rehabilitation center, Sphynx cats have sensitive skin and any little injuries will certainly cause them major pain and discomfort. She also said that anesthesia is bad for Sphynx cats, which could be fatal for Sphynx cats, and the survival rate in at 50%.
“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.”
Many people believe, including Skorynin, that what the artist has done to the cat is a case of animal abuse.
However, another tattoo artist named Aleksandr Purtov defended the whole thing by saying that it was normal many years ago. According to him, farmers tattooed animals before, so there is no need to consider this to be unethical now.
“It is an old practice, this is why I am neutral to it,” Purtov said.
Despite the public outcry, there are also some people defending the whole thing.
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Source: Mirror, Bored Panda