What a wild year for animals in the Garden State!
The measure's Senate sponsor, Union County Democrat Ray Lesniak, estimates there are "a few dozen" pet tigers statewide; his bill -- under consideration in lame-duck session -- would require owners to register them with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Perhaps the state should consider strengthening regulations on private zoos: In October, two giraffes and 15 parrots died during a fire at Animal Kingdom in Burlington County.
That wasn't the only animal calamity in New Jersey this year. October's freak snowstorm destroyed pens at a Warren County pheasant farm, enabling perhaps 15,000 of the 55,000 birds to escape.
On a happier note, a beagle named Daniel who made headlines as a "miracle dog" – he survived a mass euthanization (aka, asphyxiation) in Alabama – found a new home.