Animal Abuse and Neglect

Controversy Stirs as Tattoo Artist in Brazil Tattoos Dog for “Cancer Awareness”

Emerson Damasceno is a Brazilian tattoo artist who tattooed his dog's nose under the guise of "cancer awareness"
Photo credit via Labor Animal Rights Group found on Imgur
Before his encounter with ink, as just a puppy. Photo Via telegraph.co.uk

Before his encounter with ink, as just a puppy. Photo Via telegraph.co.uk

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.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Pawesome Cats

    November 6, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I tend to think this is a case of bad judgement / cruelty – I’d never tattoo an animal. It’s a painful process in most cases and they never gave their consent.

    • Judy Wright

      November 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Thanks for sharing and caring. Our main business is http://www.AnimalHumanConnection.com and we celebrate the bond between pets and people. This is not about the love of dog, but rather the love of notoriety.

      Thanks again for being an animal advocate.

      Judy and Dwain Wright, Animal Human Connection

  2. Rebecca at MattieDog

    November 6, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is truly shocking! How about have your pet wear a t-shirt with slogans to raise awareness for causes! Thanks for sharing this – we will get behind spreading the word about this, it’s unconscionable and unnecessary.

    • Judy Wright

      November 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thanks for sharing and caring. Your idea of a tee shirt is much more fitting.

      Our main business is http://www.AnimalHumanConnection.com and we celebrate the bond between pets and people. This is not about the love of dog, but rather the love of notoriety.

      Thanks again for being an animal advocate.

      Judy and Dwain Wright, Animal Human Connection

  3. Robin

    November 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    In general, I feel that tattooing animals is a form of animal abuse. An animal can not agree to it and it is painful -even for humans. Should the animal end up in the wild again, it changes their ability to camouflage themselves and thus lowers their ability to survive. There are other ways to bring awareness that are much less painful and much less permanent. Why not teach your dog an awesome trick and make that go viral online.

    • Judy Wright

      November 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Your idea of teaching a trick is a great way to gain attention without hurting the animal.
      Thanks for sharing and caring. Our main business is http://www.AnimalHumanConnection.com and we celebrate the bond between pets and people. This is not about the love of dog, but rather the love of notoriety.

      Thanks again for being an animal advocate.

      Judy and Dwain Wright, Animal Human Connection

  4. Cathy Armato

    November 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Horrific judgement that does border on Animal Cruelty, though unintended I’m sure. Tattooing is painful & must have been super uncomfortable for the poor dog. Stupidity, sheer stupidity! Stories like this always resonate with me. Someone needs to be their voice. I hope this story can serve as an example for other dog owners on how NOT to treat any animal!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Judy Wright

      November 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thanks so much for the reply and for being an animal advocate.

      Thanks for sharing and caring. Our main business is http://www.AnimalHumanConnection.com and we celebrate the bond between pets and people. This is not about the love of dog, but rather the love of notoriety.

      Thanks again for being an animal advocate.

      Judy and Dwain Wright, Animal Human Connection

  5. Sweet Purrfections

    November 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I think this is unnecessary and cruel.

  6. Judy Wright

    November 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for sharing and caring. Our main business is http://www.AnimalHumanConnection.com and we celebrate the bond between pets and people. This is not about the love of dog, but rather the love of notoriety.

    Thanks again for being an animal advocate.

    Judy and Dwain Wright, Animal Human Connection

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