The Pet News Examiner reports:
A disturbing new trend has surfaced in Russia: cat owners getting their felines tattooed with elaborate, colorful designs. A young Russian woman, Oksana Popova, had her rare Canadian Hairless cat Mickey put under general anesthesia for three hours while an image of King Tut was etched onto the cat’s chest. The tattoo artist Anatoly Keksel performed the work at his TattoonHamon Tattoo Parlor in Russia. “I wanted something new and different for the times we live in,” Popova explains. “I have the same tattoo,” boasts Keksel, lifting up his shirt. The practice has infuriated animal rights activists in Russia, such as Irina Novozhilova. “The ethical thinking about animals in Russia lacks behind that of the West,” says Nozozhilova. “People in Russia mostly buy animals for selfish reasons and anything that happens to them afterwards is a consequence of that.”
Dogs fare little better in Putin’s Russia.