The psychology thought to be behind such staged images is simple and primitive. "Guys think, 'If I can tame a tiger, then I'm worth dating-and I could tame you,'" says professional matchmaker Patti Stanger. But the truth is, not surprisingly, that animals are usually drugged into a vegetative state to make such interactions tolerable.
The new legislation, introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan, is meant to public increase safety at fairs and circuses that allow guests to get up-close with their tigers. For the time being, however, this new ban only applies to big cats.