London, Mar 2 (ANI): A pet cat that was subjected to tattooing has caused a controversy in Moscow.
The "body enhancement" tattooed on the chest of Mickey, a rare Canadian Hairless breed also known as a Sphynx cat, is said to have delighted its owner with its Tutankhamun design.
"I wanted something new and different for the times we live in," the Mirror quoted her as saying.
But the modification on the animal's skin has horrified animal rights campaigners, who have slammed the sick fad as barbaric.
They also fear that it could catch on among wealthy pet owners in the West.
"We are totally against using animals for purely cosmetic reasons just on the owner's whim. Clearly the animal has no say in the matter," an RSPCA spokesman said.
"We do not believe in using pets as fashion accessories. It shows no respect for the animal whatsoever. So far we have only heard about this practice happening overseas - and we hope it doesn't spread," he added. (ANI)