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SECTION 11-0538
Direct contact between public and big cats prohibited
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 11, TITLE 5
§ 11-0538. Direct contact between public and big cats prohibited.

1. As used in this section:

(a) "Big cat" shall mean any live species of lion (panthera leo),
tiger (panthera tigres), leopard (panthera pardus) (with the exception
of clouded leopards (neofelis nebulosa)), jaguar (panthera onca),
mountain lion, sometimes called cougar (felis concolar) or any hybrid of
such species.

(b) "Direct contact" means physical contact or proximity where
physical contact is possible, including, but not limited to, allowing a
photograph to be taken without a permanent physical barrier designed to
prevent physical contact between the public and big cats.

(c) "Dealer" shall mean any person who, in commerce, for compensation
or profit, delivers for transportation, or transports, except as a
carrier, buys, sells, or negotiates the purchase or sale of any animals.

(d) "Exhibitor" shall mean any person (public or private) exhibiting
any animals, which were purchased in commerce or the intended
distribution of which affects commerce, or will affect commerce, to the
public for compensation, as determined by the commissioner, and such
term includes carnivals, circuses, and zoos exhibiting such animals
whether operated for profit or not.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person licensed or required to be
licensed as an exhibitor or dealer pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act, 7
USC 2132-2134, including agents or employees of such person, to
knowingly allow the public to have direct contact with a big cat.

3. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be
subject to a penalty of not more than five hundred dollars for the first
offense and not more than one thousand dollars for a second and
subsequent offenses. Each instance of allowing direct contact of a big
cat with the public in violation of this section shall constitute a
separate offense.

4. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit or restrict
veterinary examination, treatment or care of a big cat or transportation
of the animal for such purpose.