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New York lawmakers approve ban on ‘tiger selfies’

- The Washington Times - Monday, June 23, 2014

New York state lawmakers have passed a bill banning residents from taking "tiger selfies" — a rising trend on dating websites in which single men post photos of themselves posing with the ferocious felines in hopes of impressing potential mates.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat, explained that she introduced the legislation in order to increase safety at circuses and fairs, but acknowledged proudly that it would also put the kibosh on tiger selfies, which have become increasingly popular on dating websites Tinder and OKCupid, the New York Post reported.

The bill prohibits "hugging, patting, or otherwise touching" tigers at fairs or circuses.

"They can still pose with bears and monkeys," the assemblywoman said. "They just have to take big cats off their list."

"I feel bad now," cracked Miss Rosenthal's staffer Lauren Schuster, the Post reported. "We're killing bros' dreams and chances of being laid!"

New Yorkers who cuddle a jungle cat would face fines of up to $500.

A spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Post that the bill was under review.

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