Nanny-stater of the week: NY lawmaker wants to ban photos with tigers

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org | July 1, 2014

You’d think natural selection would take care of this problem.

But in New York, the state Legislature has approved a bill to ban the practice of taking photos with tigers and posting them online. Apparently, that’s a thing the kids are doing these days — and by “the kids,” we mean 20-to-30-something guys who seem to have reached the conclusion that a photo with a big, scary cat will help their online dating prospects.

Source: tinderguyswithtigers.tumblr.com

BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS AMAZING: Things like this exist – except taking a photo like this will soon be illegal in New York.

Yes, it sounds ridiculous. But there’s actually a whole social media account set up to track the bros who are taking “tiger selfies.”

State Rep. Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, who sponsored the bill, pointed to New York’s history of tiger attacks — seven over the past 15 years, according to her office — as evidence the ban is really in selfie-taking-bros’ best interest.

“There is no safe or humane result when direct contact with wild animals is allowed,” she wrote in a memo that accompanied the legislation.

Specifically, the bill prohibits “hugging, patting, or otherwise touching” tigers at fairs or circuses. Getting caught doing so will cost you $500 – which is still probably less than the hospital bill you could incur from trying to snuggle with a 500-pound jungle cat.

Read the rest of the article at Watchdog.org

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