Animal lovers react to zoo euthanizing petting animals

SAN FRANCISCO — An animal rights group is urging San Francisco to ban the petting of animals at petting zoos and to ban petting from restaurants and parks.

The San Francisco Animal Care Society said Monday it is working with the Humane Society of the United States to petition the state for an exemption from the ban on petting.

San Francisco adopted a petting ban in 2016.

The Humane Society says petting is the most common activity at pet zoos, where most animals are kept in small cages.

In California, petting does not require a license or certificate, but it is a felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.