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Roar! New York Bans ‘Tiger Selfies’

Roar! New York Bans ‘Tiger Selfies’

Well, there goes our dating prospects. Just when singles had discovered the key to attracting mates – posing for a selfie with a tiger – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that bans contact between most people and tigers. That’s sure to put a dent in the number of “tiger selfies” that have been appearing on online dating sites. We’re as concerned as you about what this means for the quality of dating profiles: how can one exude sophistication and charm without wrapping one’s arms around a bored tiger?

Tiger selfies are getting the boot from New York, thanks to a new law.
If you live in New York, you'll need to head across state lines to get "tiger selfie." Or, you could find a better way to make your dating profile stand out. Image Credit: S. Taheri

The new law was prompted by traveling animal shows, which often sell time with their tigers to people who are looking for an exciting prop. The $500 fine may not strike fear into the heart of someone willing to snuggle with a tiger and a smartphone, but the law aims the fine at the owners of the traveling animal shows, who are more likely to take notice. In addition to facing fines for the practice in New York, animal shows are prohibited from providing tiger-human contact in Arizona, Kansas, and Mississippi. 
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I didn't even know people took tiger selfies... How does taking a selfie with a tiger affect anyone? Why would anyone want to take a "tiger selfie"? If you can't tell I'm very confused. xD

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I hope not too many resources went into this! Seems like pointless law.

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lol well that puts a stop to that... xD Is this for the tigers good or the humans? lol

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Honest to god true story, when I was 10 or so these 3 guys came to our tiny run-down mall in my tiny town and charged folks a small fee to take photos with their tiger and panther cubs.  I had my picture taken holding my favorite animal.  The only thing I remember from that moment though is how lethargic these animals were.  It just didn't "feel" right.

I don't want to assume TOO much (perhaps they were from the zoo or conservationists just raising money, who knows), but it seemed like casebook exploitation even to my 10yr old eyes.  I imagine this law is in place to simply to discourage this sort of abuse for such a rare species?

... That and the recent video/images of a kid getting mauled because his parents asked him to get closer to the bars of large cat cage also come to mind.  The fact that enough people take "selfies" with tigers to warrant a law is odd though.

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It's a good thing there aren't more pressing issues for politicians to be concerned with, otherwise this might seem a bit frivolous.

How about a ban on keeping wild animals in captivity, instead? No, that would actually do some good, and we can't have that, now can we?

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Is this article all worded incorrectly? SO the act of actually taking a picture with a tiger, whether on your own as a "selfie" pic or by someone else is completely legal but traveling animal shows charging people to spend any amount of time with tigers, for pictures or any other reason, is illegal. If you want to go to see a tiger go to a Wildlife Waystation or MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you want to take a pic right next to a tiger go to India.

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