Applaud Ban on Big Cat Exploitation


Target: New York Assembly Member, Linda Rosenthal

Goal: Applaud new law that bans people from taking ‘selfies’ with big cats

Numerous dating applications are experiencing an influx of member profile pictures featuring tigers and other big cats. This kind of animal exploitation is detrimental to big cat species because it encourages the use of animals as props for human amusement. In response to this dangerous trend, New York has made taking “selfies” with big cats illegal. The assembly member who sponsored this bill, Linda Rosenthal, confirmed that this ban is now in place to stop the exploitation of big cats within the city.

Estimates claim that one in 10 profile pictures on the dating application Tinder features a man posing with a big cat, or, in a few cases, a woman posing with one. Discovery of this phenomenon has led the government of New York to consider the dangers that the people and the tigers in the photos are faced with. Baby tigers are often taken from their mothers prematurely to be sold to entertainment outlets like circuses. In order to be deemed safe for citizen handling, the cats undergo painful declawing and defanging procedures. Once the cats are too big to be easily handled, they are either kept on a leash in a confined area for the remainder of their lives, or abandoned at subpar facilities. Humans periodically get mauled by tigers owned by traveling zoos and circuses, with current numbers at seven instances within the last 15 years.

Placing a ban on taking pictures with big cats is extremely important for many reasons. The ban will lessen the demand for baby tigers in the city, which will help decrease irresponsible big cat breeding and exploitation. Humans will no longer be allowed to view big cats simply as something that will make them look more interesting or exotic. The ban comes at a crucial time, and enforces important ideals. Any citizen who gets too close to a big cat will now be charged a hefty fine of $500, and $1000 for every instance after the first offense. Sign this petition to applaud Rosenthal for sponsoring this bill.


Dear Assembly Member Rosenthal,

A very important law will take effect this year, thanks to your influence and compassion. Tigers and other big cats will no longer be exploited for human entertainment in New York City. This law comes at a crucial time for big cats, of which many species are on the brink of extinction.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I understand that your goal is to stop the exploitation of big cats so they may live more meaningful lives, without excess exploitation and pain. I urge you to continue fighting for the rights of these magnificent animals.

I applaud you and everyone else involved in making this compassionate idea a reality.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Riley Huntley via Wikimedia Commons

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