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>Our Circle Of Compassion To All Living Things: YouTube – Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE

In "animal cruelty", "endangered tiger", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", louisiana on 30/11/2010 at 2:30 PM

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Our Circle Of Compassion To All Living Things: YouTube – Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE

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>YouTube – Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/11/2010 at 4:56 AM

>YouTube – Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE

>YouTube – Tony’s Tale: Tony The Truck Stop Tiger

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/11/2010 at 4:50 AM

>YouTube – Tony’s Tale: Tony The Truck Stop Tiger

>YouTube – Tony the Tiger_0001.wmv

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/11/2010 at 4:47 AM

>YouTube – Tony the Tiger_0001.wmv

>YouTube – Behind The Bars: Tony Turns 10 Years Old

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/11/2010 at 4:38 AM

>YouTube – Behind The Bars: Tony Turns 10 Years Old

>Big Cat Rescue: Legislative Action Center

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/11/2010 at 4:28 AM

>Big Cat Rescue: Legislative Action Center

Governor Jindal’s website motto says, “I’m asking you to once again believe in Louisiana.”

Today, we are doing just that.

After tolerating 21 years of a truck stop in Gross Tete, LA holding tigers captive in substandard conditions, we “believe” the time for Louisiana to put an end to this abuse is long overdue.

It is now!

Tony, the latest in a long string of tigers being held at the Tiger Truck Stop, has lived in a tiny chain link and concrete cell for 10 years. No larger than a couple of parking spaces, his cage is next to gas pumps where truckers pump fuel around the clock. There are always a dozen or more trucks with their engines idling, belching fumes, as well as all the cars that stop for gas. He is constantly exposed to harassment as people taunt him. A sign on the cage asks people not to throw rocks at him. He can never escape the noise, the flood lights and the boredom as he paces around in circles.

We “believe” that Louisiana is better than this.

>Giving Thanks

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/11/2010 at 4:22 AM

>Giving Thanks

As it turns out, when our page hits jumped from the typical few hundred to nearly 10,000 on Thanksgiving Day, the rest of the graph was dwarfed.
THE ADVOCATES ARE COMING! THE ADVOCATES ARE COMING!
Visitors are coming in droves to support Tony, a caged tiger who has paced for 10 years at Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop amid inescapable diesel fumes, flood lights, engine noise and customers’ taunts. Although Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, FL offered Tony a naturalized and enriched refuge to peacefully live out his days, Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, refuses to give him up.
This is where Tony lives now as opposed to what life could be at Big Cat Rescue.
To help Tony:
Send a Letter (using Big Cat Rescue’s one-step form) urging the USDA, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service and more to end to the trade in tigers in private hands.
Sign the Change.org Petition (closing December 1) calling for the denial of Micheal Sandlin’s permit.
Share Tony’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites.

>LSU’s Mike VI

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 29/11/2010 at 3:11 PM

>LSU’s Mike VI

THIS IS NOT A SANCTUARY AT ALL!!!!!

OUR INITIAL PRESS RELEASE
8-26-2007
Great Cats of Indiana and its Founders, Rob Craig and Laura Proper are honored and privileged to become a part of LSU’s rich history by being in a position to provide a tiger that is worthy of the distinction of becoming LSU’s mascot, “Mike The Tiger”. Because of the significance of this tiger, and due to the impact it has on all aspects of the university and those who have experienced it, we felt compelled to do our part to carry on LSU’s illustrious tradition by donating one of our tigers to the University.
Providing a tiger to fill the role of “Mike” is our way of doing our part to keep a tradition alive that has spanned for generations in the past and, hopefully, will span for generations to come. We hope that as “Mike VI” begins fulfilling his role that he will instill the same sense of pride, the same sense of school spirit, and bring the same level of joy and happiness that was experienced by all those who had the opportunity to know “Mike V”, and the “Mikes” before him.

We know that each individual tiger has its own personality, its own traits that make it unique and, as an individual, can never be replaced. We also understand; however, that the legacy of LSU’s “Mike the Tiger” is a significant, deeply rooted part of Louisiana State University’s history and tradition. While Mike VI will never be a “Mike V” – and never should be – he will, nevertheless, continue to represent LSU’s rich, long standing tradition by fulfilling the role of “Mike the Tiger”, and in his own way, continuing to touch the lives of alumni, students, faculty and the community as a whole in a way that is only truly understood by those who have had the privilege of experiencing the awe inspiring, spiritual and heartfelt emotion that is, in a sense, by its very existence, Mike the Tiger.

>Animal Legal Defense Fund : Petition Filed to Prevent the Renewal of Permit for Tiger Kept in Inhumane Conditions at Truck Stop

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 29/11/2010 at 5:34 AM

>Animal Legal Defense Fund : Petition Filed to Prevent the Renewal of Permit for Tiger Kept in Inhumane Conditions at Truck Stop

Why are attorneys and activists up in arms about Tony’s tenure at the Tiger Truck Stop? In addition to being subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24-hours a day, Tony is also subjected to frequent harassment and taunting by visitors at the truck stop. His enclosure is devoid of adequate enrichment, such as logs, trees, or complex vegetation that would allow him to engage in natural tiger behaviors. He has no pool of water large enough to allow him to submerge himself to cool off in the blazing heat of the summer. As a result of confinement, Tony exhibits neurotic pacing behavior on the hard concrete surface of his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions. Sandlin, the owner of Tony and the truck stop, has been cited by the USDA due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including a lack of proper sanitation and improper feeding practices. ALDF’s petition argues that Sandlin’s existing permit for Tony, which is up for annual renewal on December 14, 2010, is in violation of both state and Iberville Parish ordinances. Further, the petition argues that the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has no legal authority under Louisiana law to issue a permit for Sandlin’s possession of Tony, and that the Department’s granting of his current permit was unlawful.

>Activists: Free Truck Stop Tiger

In "animal cruelty", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", louisiana on 26/11/2010 at 2:33 PM

>http://www.wbaltv.com/video/25908298/detail.html

Some animal rights activists say it’s time to get a new home for a tiger that’s an attraction at a Louisiana truck stop.