Legislation filed in the U.S. House this week is aimed at preventing wild-animal attacks like the one last year that killed a southeast Kansas girl.
Congressman Jim Ryun is sponsoring the bill that would prohibit direct contact between big cats in captivity and the public.
The measure is called ``Haley's Act,'' for 17-year-old Haley Hilderbrand. The Labette County High School senior was mauled to death by a tiger in August 2005 when posing for a picture with the big cat at a southeast Kansas animal refuge.
The bill would also require the U-S Department of Agriculture to write public-safety regulations for licenses it issues to animal exhibitors under the Animal Welfare Act.
This year the Kansas Legislature passed a bill strengthening the regulation of exotic animals.