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Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Banning ‘Tiger Selfies’

Tony, a Siberian Tiger, sits in a renovated big cat grotto at the San Francisco Zoo February 21, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Zoo reopened its big cat grottos for public viewing almost two months after a man was fatally mauled by a Siberian tiger that escaped from its enclosure on Christmas day. Renovations to the enclosures included an extension of the concrete moat to 16 feet, 4 inches from the bottom, installation of glazing and fencing barrier, and installation of a hot wire electric fence. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tony, a Siberian Tiger, sits in a renovated big cat grotto at the San Francisco Zoo February 21, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Zoo reopened its big cat grottos for public viewing almost two months after a man was fatally mauled by a Siberian tiger that escaped from its enclosure on Christmas day. Renovations to the enclosures included an extension of the concrete moat to 16 feet, 4 inches from the bottom, installation of glazing and fencing barrier, and installation of a hot wire electric fence. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s Internet Romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it’s illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat.

A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week prohibits contact between members of the public and big cats at traveling animal shows and fairs.

So-called tiger selfies have emerged as a popular profile photo on online dating sites.

Wildlife advocates say the interactions are dangerous for humans and the animals. They say the cats are often taken from their parents as cubs, mistreated and then neglected when they grow up.

Queens Sen. Tony Avella says he hadn’t heard of tiger selfies when he sponsored the bill. He says people have been harmed while posing with big cats.

Some have even taken the trend and created blogs, like “Tinder Guys With Tigers,” which shows pictures of people posing with tigers on their dating profiles.

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