More harmful than a tattoo: Is body branding legal?

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Body branding is fast becoming an alternative for people bored with tattooing. A growing number of tattooists now offer this form of scarification alongside their usual services. In the UK, broadcaster Channel 4 recently featured branding in an online Body Mods series.

Most people sensibly assume that if an adult consents to a cosmetic procedure that could amount to bodily harm or wounding, their consent would render that act lawful. But in terms of body modification, the law is actually far from clear.

And as branding becomes more popular, we could see legal cases brought against the people who brand customers — even if they have been asked to do it. Read more...

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