New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a proposal that would have protected wild tigers from being exploited for their valued body parts.
The governor says the measure should cover exotic species in addition to tigers.
Christie recommends that the Democratic-led Legislature consent to having a task force look into the illegal use and trade of endangered and exotic animals and draft a comprehensive bill.
Sen. Ray Lesniak, the measure’s primary sponsor, tells The Associated Press that he’s disappointed Christie didn’t sign the tiger-protection bill and create a task force to study other species.
But the Union Democrat says he’s hopeful more comprehensive animal protections will result.
Lesniak hoped the tiger legislation would be a model for other states.