NY Law Limits Big Cat Selfies

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/13 2014 11:24AM

Updated 08/13 2014 11:31AM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor signed a law protecting big cats and the public at animal shows.

According to the law, the public cannot come in contact with big cats, including being able to take photographs without a permanent physical barrier preventing physical contact. Big cats, under the law, are considered lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, mountain lions, and any hybrid of these species.

The law also makes it illegal for licensed animal dealers and exhibitors to knowingly allow the public to come in close contact with big cats.

Anyone who violates the law faces no more than $500 fine for the first offense and no more than a $1,000 for the second and subsequent offenses.

Other states, including Kansas; Mississippi, and Arizona, have strengthened existing laws to address this issue.

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