Newly introduced legislation would officially ban New Yorkers from keeping pets such as elephants, hyenas, rhinoceroses, and whales after years of controversy surrounding a Long Island business peddling sloths and kangaroos.
“Not only is this unethical, but it is a public health and safety concern,” state Sen. Monica Martinez (D-Long Island), sponsoring the bill, told The Post about keeping wild animals at home. State law currently bans people from raising “companion animals” such as lions, tigers, and grizzly bears while theoretically allowing the possession of other questionable pets.
“These animals have characteristics which require specific conditions and environment to survive. Some of these animals, such as the red kangaroo, can grow as high as 6 feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds,” she said.
“A sloth is naturally nocturnal, mostly deaf and blind in bright daylight.”
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