A Brazilian man decided he was going to tattoo his dog. In his head he thought it was a great idea to bridge his dog’s nose with ink, because to him, he thought this was a way to spread the word about “cancer prevention.” This story came to our attention unfortunately because these events have had hardly any mention on major news networks in the United States, or in South or Central America.
A tattoo artist in Brazil by the name of Emerson Damasceno is under some serious fire by many international animal rights groups. Why? Damasceno gave his dog a tattoo across the bridge of his nose, as you can see in the picture above. He was quoting as saying he did it to promote “cancer prevention.”
He posted many images after the process onto man social media websites. A lawyer happened to stumble across them shortly after, and quickly began sharing this story over social media until it become viral. Her efforts seemed to have at least paid off initially as Damasceno removed them from his accounts shortly afterwards. However for Damasceno, the damage was already done.
Not surprisingly, very shortly after these images surfaced on the internet people were in an uproar. The court case is up in the air at this point, and it has not been announced whether or not charges will be brought again Damasceno.
Is this an honest case of supremely bad judgment? Or is this a cut and dry, albeit strange, blatant example of animal abuse? In short, we would venture to say yes. It was probably traumatizing to this dog while it was happening and he could be left with some very residual effects down the line. Tattoo sting to get, and this poor dog probably has no idea why his master would but him through that pain.
What do you think? Was Damasceno’s actions justifiable in any sense at all? Or was this absolutely inexcusable? Tell us what you think in the comments below, we want to hear from you. Also if issues of animal strife in the face of maltreatment is something that strikes a chord with you, check out this article about a woman in Canada bravely fighting for the rights of pigs on the way to the slaughterhouse.