New Jersey lawmakers want to pass a bill that would ban the piercing and tattooing of pets.
Three Hudson County Democrats on Monday introduced legislation that would make the practice animal cruelty.
Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the bill would protect pets from people who don't see them as living creatures and from what he calls "needless mutilation."
The bill would exempt farm animals that are sometimes branded or tagged for identification purposes.
A need for the law was brought up by animal rights groups and is based on a similar proposal in New York that is awaiting signature from the governor.
The newspaper reports there are no publicly documented examples of pets being tattooed or pierced in New Jersey.