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That is correct; it is now illegal to take a selfie with a tiger, or any big cat for that matter, which also includes lions, leopards, jaguars and cougars.
The 'Tiger Selfie' bill, as it has come to be known, doesn't actually ban humans from taking selfies with big cats, but does make it illegal for people to get close enough with these dangerous animals to pose for pictures at zoos, circuses and carnivals.
Everyone in NYS is banned from doing so, even if you have a permit to work closely with exotic animals.
Wildlife advocates consider Governor Cuomo's signing of the bill, which takes effect in six months, a step in the right direction by protecting big cats from being mistreated and reducing the hazards towards people working closely with them.
According to the law, the penalty for your first offense is a $500 fine. For each subsequent offense, a $1,000 slap on the wrist will be imposed.
Pardon? Did you say, "Who in their right mind takes tiger selfies?"
Governor Cuomo for signing the ban into law
Wildlife advocates for pushing the 'Tiger Selfie' bill
People who take selfies with dangerous animals
People that go to the zoo