Rolling Stones logo too wild for pony, German court says
The owner of a white pony wanted to tattoo the animal's right hind thigh with the famous tongue logo to make the animal 'more uniquely beautiful.'
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:15 PM
LOGO: The original Rolling Stones tongue logo is in the Proud Gallery in London. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
Tattooing a pony with the Rolling Stones famous "tongue" logo would infringe animal rights law, a German court ruled Wednesday.
The court in Muenster, northwestern Germany, found against the white pony's owner, who wanted to tattoo the animal's right hind thigh to make it "more uniquely beautiful."
He had already shaved a large portion of hair from the animal and pre-tattooed the outline of the tongue, 15 square centimetres (six square inches) in area.
"The tattooing of a warm-blooded vertebrate contravenes animal protection laws," the court said. "This forbids causing an animal pain without reason."
In addition, the court took into account the inability of the animal to understand why it was being tattooed.
Moreover, the court said the owner's desire to "beautify" the pony masked a more commercial purpose.
"He wanted to make money from a 'tattoo service for animals'," the court said.
The original Rolling Stones tongue logo is pictured in the Proud Gallery in London.
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