Tags: ny | bill | ban | tiger | selfie

Nanny State: NY Lawmaker Wants to Ban Photos With Tigers

Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 05:26 PM

By Eric Boehm, Watchdog.org

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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.

Yes, it sounds ridiculous. But there is 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 guys' best interests.

“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.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which actually spent time investigating this phenomena, guys who use the online dating site Tinder have a particular affinity for tiger selfies. According to the Journal, some users of the site estimated that one in every 10 guys on the site had a tiger picture.

What is a single guy in New York to do?

Rosenthal offered some alternative suggestions.

"They can still pose with bears and monkeys," she told the New York Post. "They just have to take big cats off their list."

Rosenthal has a long history of animal-themed legislation. This year she is also pitching a bill to ban tattooing and piercing zoo animals and pets.

It’s just further proof that government big enough to give you everything is also big enough to take away your right to a tiger selfie — or to give your dog a sweet nose ring.

For her efforts to ruin the online dating prospects of her own constituents, Rosenthal is this week’s winner. Her prize is a Siberian Tiger that we definitely did not release, "Hangover"-style, into her home on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Robin Williams's Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 23:05 PM

The cremated remains of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, found dead on August 1 after an apparent suicide, were spread in . . .

Ex-Governor Says at Virginia Trial He and Wife Separated

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 19:59 PM

Robert McDonnell, the former Virginia governor on trial for corruption, said he no longer lives with his wife, reinforci . . .

Rasmussen Poll: Most Say Immigrant Kids Shouldn't Get Schooling

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 18:50 PM

Most Americans don't think illegal immigrant children ought to be allowed to attend local schools, a new poll released T . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved