Posting Tiger Photos Could Soon Be Illegal: Sorry, Tinder Dudes

It's still OK to pose with other people's babies, though.

I don’t know about you, but I separate the wheat from the abundant chaff on dating apps by solely swiping right on dudes who pose with tigers in their photos. Also men holding other people’s babies and/or posing with elderly people. Those dudes are wheat to the extreme. (I am also, of course, being wholly sarcastic.)

Soon, however, men hoping to exhibit their overwhelming sensitivity by leaning on a striped beast (and bravery! That drugged tiger could awake at any moment!) could find their snaps in jeopardy, as a bill passed in New York state that would ban people from posting pictures of themselves caressing big cats. (Small, domestic cats are still game, though. Whew!)

The New York Post reports that both houses passed the bill, which was introduced by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal in order to make traveling circuses and fairs a safer place for sightseers. IE, to prevent folks from scoping out that perfect OKCupid profile snap and getting mauled in the process.

“They can still pose with bears and monkeys,” she said. “They just have to take big cats off their list.”

Tiger-petters could face a $500 fine for posting pics of the beasts — although it could be difficult to ascertain in which state photos were taken, so the ban could be hard to enforce. The bill has not yet been signed into law by Governor Cuomo, however, so dudes still have a fighting chance at romance via tiger photo for now.

Now let’s do something about those guys who passive aggressively tell us how tall they are, OK?

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