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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Piercing regulation proposal

Playing it safe for our children

In reading your paper, I found both the editorial urging oversight by the state of body piercings [“Making a point about piercings,” Feb. 18], and the news bite about a dog groomer being charged with animal cruelty for piercing kittens [“Pierced kittens,” Newsline, Feb. 18].

I fully support the ideas expressed in your editorial, but want to comment on the animal-cruelty charge.

How many times have you seen little girls (even babies) wearing pierced earrings? Who is doing these piercings? My guess is any reputable shop would not do the piercings; it’s mainly being done by the child’s relatives or friends. Should a mother have the right to make this choice for her child? I would think if it’s cruel to pierce animals, it’s certainly cruel to pierce children.

I would like to see the Legislature take this a step further, making it illegal to pierce children, unless the child is old enough to ask for such a procedure, understand the ramifications and have the consent of a parent.

Certainly with all the associated health issues that can develop, we need to be looking out for children — especially if their parents aren’t.

— Connie Loveridge, Covington

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