Saturday, 12 July 2014

NEWSLINK: 'Tiger Selfie Ban' Will Actually Protect Tiger Cubs

New York's proposed ban on contact between big cats and the public, widely and wrongly reported as the "tiger selfie ban", will actually save tigers from a lifetime of abuse that starts when they're cubs, according to its proponents.

A loophole in the U.S. government's exotic animal regulations allowed cubs to be displayed between the ages of eight and 12 weeks. This has given rise to a nationwide industry of shady operators who breed cubs for petting but dump them when they grow too big to handle, says a report by Howard Baskin, who chairs the advisory board of the nonprofit sanctuary Big Cat Rescue , the world's largest sanctuary for the world's largest felines.

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