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Sponsor(s): Assm. Linda Rosenthal (D-67) and Sen. Tony Avella (D-11)

A. 9004/S. 6903 Prohibits Public Contact with Big Cats [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: Victory! This bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 11, 2014. Read our press release here.

Bill Description:
It amends the Environmental Conservation Law by stipulating that direct contact between the public and big cats is prohibited. Direct contact includes activities such as playing with a big cat or having a photograph taken with a big cat in the absence of a permanent physical barrier.

The penalty for a violation would be not more than $500 for the first offense, and not more than $1000 for a second and subsequent offenses.

Background:
Read about the inherent cruelty and the danger to public safety associated with allowing public contact with wild animals (including big cats) here.

Take Action:
New York residents, use this form to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law!

Read the full text here.

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