New York State bans ‘tiger selfies’

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Online daters will have to find a new way to impress prospective mates now that New York State officially banned selfies with lions, tigers and other big cats this week.
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Online daters will have to find a new way to impress prospective mates now that New York State officially banned selfies with lions, tigers and other big cats this week.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed off on a law that prohibits any direct contact between camera-seeking individuals and wild cats regardless of training.

Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the original bill, applauded the move as not a ban on “tiger selfies” but one that reinforces consumer and animal protection.

Rospethal pointed to a boy who was injured in Saratoga, New York in 2006 after posing for a photo with a tiger, and a Kansas teen who died from injuries after a tiger mauled her in 2012.

The trend of poses with the fearsome felines has also reportedly taken off in social media and dating websites.

“I guess some young men in New York will have to find another game, because big cat selfies, along with direct contact with big cats, is now prohibited,” Rosenthal said in a statement.

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