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SF supe wants stricter penalty for taunting animals
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco supervisor is proposing stricter punishments for people who taunt or annoy animals at the city zoo or parks.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd decided to introduce the legislation after a man snuck into the zoo's grizzly bear enclosure in late September. The man was not hurt, but also could not be charged with a crime.
Under current law, his actions did not rise to the level of criminal trespassing because he did not intend to stay in the enclosure.
The new rules would explicitly state that taunting or endangering the zoo's animals in any city park is illegal and would raise fines from $500 to $1,000 per incident.
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