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>ARTICLE V. KEEPING OF WILD, EXOTIC, VICIOUS ANIMALS AND REPTILES

In "animal cruelty on display", "big cats", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "save tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 29/12/2010 at 3:20 AM

>SEE ITEM 4

ARTICLE V.  KEEPING OF WILD, EXOTIC, VICIOUS ANIMALS AND REPTILES

Sec. 3-91.  Display of wild or exotic animals prohibited.
Except as provided herein, no person shall keep or permit to be kept on any premises or within the Parish of Iberville, Louisiana, any wild, exotic, vicious animal or reptile for display or for exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously or for a fee. This section shall not apply to zoological parks, performing animal exhibitions or circuses that are properly licensed by federal, state and local agencies, or veterinary clinics.


Exemption:
   
(1)   The tiger that is currently located at the Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., in Grosse Tete, having been located in Iberville Parish as of August 15, 2006, shall be exempt from the provisions in the above paragraph of this section, provided the owner obtain a permit annually from the Director of the Iberville Parish Animal Control Department. Upon the death of this tiger, the transfer of ownership of the tiger from its current owner as identified on any permit application, the legal transfer of the tiger out of parish or the removal of the tiger from Iberville Parish, this exemption from the terms of section 3-91 hereinabove, shall automatically cease and the permit issued by the director shall be automatically cancelled.


(2)   Any license that may be issued by the animal control director or other designee relative to the tiger currently located at Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., in Grosse Tete, Louisiana shall be ineffective and conditional unless the owner is issued licenses and permits from all other required agencies, including, but not limited to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the United States Department of Agriculture. If the owner is not issued a license or permit by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the United Stated Department of Agriculture, within ninety (90) days of the issuance of the conditional permit issued by the Iberville Parish Council Director of Animal Control then the conditional permit that was issued shall be automatically cancelled and the tiger removed from Iberville Parish.


(3)   The revocation or refusal to issue or renew a license by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or the United States Department of Agriculture or any other agency that may be authorized to issue a license/permit relative to the tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., shall automatically terminate any license/permit that is issued by the Iberville Parish Council Director of Animal Control.


(4)   The owner of the tiger at Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., shall provide to the Iberville Parish Council Animal Control Director within ten (10) days of his/her receipt, a copy of the license/ permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and United States Department of Agriculture or any other licensing/permitting agency. Upon receipt of any violation report issued to the owner of the tiger, the owner shall within ten (10) days of receipt of such notice of violation provide a copy to the Iberville Parish Council Director of Animal Control.


a.   The following mandatory conditions shall be in place prior to the issuance of an annual license by the Iberville Parish Animal Control Director, and said conditions shall be put in place by the owner within thirty (30) days of the final adoption of the ordinance from which this section derives and if all conditions are not imposed then the tiger shall be immediately removed from Iberville Parish, Louisiana:


1.   A detailed written escape plan and written “lock-out” procedures, including a written training program for each, shall be submitted to the director of animal control for approval, and such approval shall be in writing.


2.   The escape plan shall designate an individual (natural person designee) who will be responsible for the implementation of the escape plan. The designee shall live and reside on the premises of the Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., as long as the tiger is licensed/permitted to be as said location, and shall the necessary training and ability to carry out all requirements of the escape plan.


3.   The approved escape plan shall be distributed by the designee to the Louisiana State Police, Iberville Parish Council Director of Emergency Preparedness, Iberville Parish Sheriff, Chief of Police of the Village of Grosse Tete and the Mayor of the Village of Grosse Tete, either by hand delivery or certified mail and evidence of said delivery of the escape plan shall be provided to the director of animal control.


4.   Should the designee for any reason leave the premises of Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., the escape plan shall name a substitute designee and this designee shall have the training and ability to carry out all requirements of the escape plan and shall be physically present on the premises of Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., when the designee is not present on the premises for any reason.


5.   The designee, substitute designee, and all employees who will participate in the handling, care, feeding and cleaning of the tiger and enclosure for said tiger shall be trained on the proper lock-out procedures and the escape plan.


b.   A permanent log book shall be maintained by the designee or substitute designee at the Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., with the contents, entries and forms approved by the director of animal control. Said log book shall be available for inspection and copying at all times by the director or animal control or other Iberville Parish Animal Control personnel.


c.   Clean potable drinking water shall be available to the tiger at all times.


d.   All areas of the tiger cage shall be cleaned daily, with all solid fecal materials, urine and food waste, picked up and/or property disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The concrete areas shall be cleaned and scrubbed daily and an appropriate disinfectant approved for use in animal cages shall be applied. The tiger shall not be given access to wet concrete floors after cleaning of the cage. The tiger shall be properly located out of the cage enclosure that is being cleaned.


e.   The water pool shall be of sufficient size for the tiger to be fully submerged and to move around in the pool, and the pool shall be drained and cleaned daily.


f.   In the enclosed den area of the cage, rubber mats shall be installed for the tiger to lay and sleep on, and during the winter months appropriate heaters shall be provided within the den areas to provide warm and dry conditions.


g.   Except when the daily cleaning is being performed, medical or other necessary activities are being performed, the tiger shall have full and complete access to the entire cage enclosure, including the grassy area.


h.   The tiger shall be fed a commercial diet approved and prescribed in writing by a licensed Louisiana veterinarian who has knowledge and training regarding the nutritional requirements of tigers in captivity.


i.   In addition to the permanent log book required by the director of animal control, all invoices and documents concerning the care, health and maintenance of the tiger shall be maintained by the owner and designee and made available for inspection and copying by the director at any time. The animal control director and all other animal control personnel shall be allowed access to the premises to inspect the permitted tiger, the facilities, equipment, and records for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the requirements of this section.


j.   The owner of the tiger must apply annually for and receive a permit for the tiger from the animal control director and the permit application shall be on a form provided by the director and require the following;


1.   A signed agreement by the owner, personally and by Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., authorized representative indemnifying and holding harmless the Iberville Parish Council and all other Iberville Parish public agencies and employees, including agents, contractors and the general public from any claims for damages resulting from possessing the permitted tiger.


2.   A signed agreement that the owner, individually and a Tiger Truck Stop, Inc., representative will be responsible for any and all costs associated with the escape, capture and disposition of the permitted tiger.


3.   Proof of liability insurance from an A-rated (or higher) insurance company in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) for said tiger, valid and effective continuously for the entire license term. The policy shall include a provision requiring notice from the carrier to the animal control director a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to cancellation of the policy. Upon cancellation of any policy insuring the tiger, the tiger shall be removed immediately from Iberville Parish.


4.   The owner shall comply with all laws, rules and regulations of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and United States Department of Agriculture relative to the tiger.


5.   The fee for the issuance of the license by the animal control director shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00).


(Ord. of 4-20-93; Ord. No. 003-09, 3-17-09)
Sec. 3-92.  Wild or exotic animals as pets prohibited.
No person shall keep or permit to be kept any wild, exotic, vicious animal or reptile as a pet without having first obtained a license from the animal control shelter.
(Ord. of 4-20-93)

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>Animal Welfare Act : Government and Professional Resources : Animal Welfare Information Center

In "animal cruelty on display", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "save tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", exotic, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 29/12/2010 at 1:54 AM

>Animal Welfare Act : Government and Professional Resources : Animal Welfare Information Center

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The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act as the minimum acceptable standard. The Act was amended six times (1970, 1976, 1985, 1990, 2002, 2007) and is enforced by the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care agency.

>Louisiana’s Last Truck Stop Tiger

In "animal cruelty on display", "big cats", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "save tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", exotic, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 29/12/2010 at 12:34 AM

>Louisiana’s Last Truck Stop Tiger

Louisiana law currently prohibits the commercial exhibition of exotic cats, but the battle to free the last truck stop tiger drags on.
Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has been breeding and exhibiting tigers for over 20 years.  But, in 2008, it seemed that all of that was coming to an end, when the Tiger Truck Stop found itself on the wrong side of Louisiana’s changing laws regarding the commercial display of exotic animals.  Animal rights activists, who had maintained that the tiger lived in deplorable conditions, rejoiced, but their celebrations were short lived.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries informed Sandlin, in 2007, that it was enacting new regulations banning the private ownership of exotic cats.  Sandlin was offered the opportunity to apply for a permit that would allow his only remaining tiger, an adult Siberian-Bengal named Tony, to be “grandfathered in” as an exception to the new law.  Officials backpedaled, however, upon discovering that Sandlin was in violation of a local ordinance in Iberville Parish, which prohibited the public display of wild and exotic animals.  The local ordinance had been in effect since 1993, but was never enforced.  The LDWF issued Sandlin a citation, informing him that he had 30 days to find the tiger a home outside the state of Louisiana.
After some legal pushing and shoving, the Iberville Parish Council opted to change its ordinance to accommodate Sandlin. Once the local ordinance was no longer an issue, the LDWF issued Sandlin a permit, allowing him to keep the tiger at his truck stop.
This was a crushing blow to animal rights activists like Sky Williamson, who have been fighting for years to remove, and relocate the tiger.  In petitions, blogs, and interviews, they have argued that a concrete and steel cage, located in close proximity to fuel pumps, is no place for a tiger.  They cite exhaust fumes, incessant noise, and Sandlin’s history of animal welfare violations as evidence that the tiger’s living conditions are detrimental to its well being.
Between 1997 and 2007, the USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop, on at least 16 separate occasions, for numerous violations, including failures to provide drinking water, veterinary care, and food free of contaminants.  Structural problems were also a recurring issue.  In 2001, an inspector warned, This total neglect is resulting in rapid deterioration of [the] structural soundness of [the] entire facility and may result in future escapes.”  Three years later, the USDA forced Tiger Truck Stop to pay $2,500 in fines, and informed Sandlin that his exotic cat exhibition could thereafter include no more than two animals.  Three of Sandlin’s four tigers were subsequently relocated to a sanctuary in Kingston, Tennessee.  One of them, a female named Rainbow, had been suffering from a form of posterior paralysis for over a year, and according to the USDA, had not received any veterinary treatment.  
In 2007, when the LDWF enacted regulations prohibiting the private ownership of exotic cats, the truck stop’s remaining tiger became irreplaceable.  While the truck stop has been issued permits to keep the tiger, they cannot breed or replace him.
Michael Sandlin claims that the USDA violations are old news, and that his facility is presently in compliance with all applicable regulations.  He insists that Tony is a beloved pet, and that the tiger would suffer greatly if removed from the truck stop.  “No one knows better on how to take care of Tony than I do,” he says.  He also argues that with wild tiger populations declining, captivity is a valid form of conservation.
Critics are dismissive of Sandlin’s arguments.  They explain that as a mixed breed, Tony would be of no value to conservation projects aimed at saving the species.  According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, “If captive or artificially propagated stock is to be used,” for reintroduction efforts, “it must be from a population which has been soundly managed both demographically and genetically, according to the principles of contemporary conservation biology.”  A breeding process that blends the genetic material of Siberian and Bengal tigers does not maintain the integrity of each subspecies, and therefore produces tigers that are not suitable candidates for such projects.  
Activists also reject Sandlin’s claim that he is best equipped to care for the tiger.  They insist that Tony would have a much higher quality of life at one of the accredited sanctuaries that have offered to provide the tiger with a new home.  Big Cat Rescue, an exotic feline sanctuary in Florida, has stated that it would provide the tiger with open spaces, ponds to swim in, and “the best [care] that can be offered for a captive tiger.”  Sandlin has repeatedly insisted that Tony will never be relocated to Big Cat Rescue.     
In a recent statement, Sandlin compared his critics in the animal rights community to “domestic terrorists,” and said that any signs of stress exhibited by the tiger have been caused by animal’s rights activists, who he claims have thrown rocks into the tiger’s cage. 
Williamson calls that claim, “comical to say the least.”      
With the state permit that allows Sandlin to keep the tiger up for renewal next month, both sides are seeking public support.  Sandlin’s website asks visitors to help “save Tony from the wild,” while animal activists are circulating petitions, and encouraging people to contact the LDWF, and Louisiana officials, about the case.  A petition on Change.org, urging the LDWF not to renew Sandlin’s permit, has accumulated more than 10,000 signatures.    
While actively campaigning against the permit’s renewal, Williamson is not optimistic.  She claims officials have had numerous opportunities to legally remove the tiger, but have failed to do so.  “In 2003 all of the tigers were supposed to go,” she says, “but Sandlin threatened to sue, and the USDA cowered down to him.  They told me that they are very understaffed, and money is tight, so they had no choice.”  Williamson says that the tiger could have been removed several weeks ago, when a violation of the insurance provision of the Iberville Parish ordinance was brought to the attention of Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. “But, instead of removing Tony, he tells Sandlin that he has two weeks to straighten it out, or the tiger’s gone.”
If the permit is renewed, she says, “It just means we keep fighting for his freedom. That we just need to keep remembering what his life must be like daily, and that we are all that he has.”
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>Our Circle Of Compassion To All Living Things: Tony Sandlin | Change.org

In "animal cruelty on display", "big cats", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "save tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", exotic, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 28/12/2010 at 3:58 PM

>Our Circle Of Compassion To All Living Things: Tony Sandlin Change.org

THEY DID IT TO ME AGAIN. THEY GAVE SANDLIN ANOTHER PERMIT FROM THE STATE TO KEEP ME CAGED. WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IS I’M VERY SICK RIGHT NOW AND MY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT I MAY HAVE KIDNEY FAILURE OR SOMETHING ALONG THAT LINE AND WITHIN MONTHS I WILL WASTE AWAY.
THEY WERE TOLD I WILL DIE SLOWLY AND IN MUCH PAIN. TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME I NEED MY BLOOD TESTED BUT YOU KNOW SANDLIN WILL NEVER ALLOW THAT EVEN THOUGH MY FRIENDS SAID THEY WOULD PAY THE WHOLE VET BILL.
SO WHEN I DO FINALLY GO TO THAT PEACEFUL PLACE I WILL AGAIN GET TO SEE RAINBOW AND TOBY WHO WERE CAGED WITH ME UNTIL I WAS THREE YEARS OLD. THEY GOT TO LEAVE IN 2003 AND GO TO TIGER HAVEN IN TN. I WAS SUPPOSE TO GO WITH THEM BUT AT THE LAST MINUTE SANDLIN CHANGED HIS MIND AND I HAD TO STAY ALL ALONE AT TIGER TRUCK STOP WHICH MY FRIEMDS CALL A LITTLE PIECE OF HELL.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN CARED FOR PROPERLY AND THAT IS WHY MY HEALTH IS FAILING ME AT TEN YEARS OLD.
WHEN I GO PLEASE KNOW THAT I’M FINALLY NO LONGER SUFFERING. I FINALLY KNOW WHAT PEACE IS AND MOST IMPORTANT I FINALLY KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE FREE.
MY FRIENDS HAD FOUND ME A SAFE HUMANE SANCTUARY BUT SANDLIN’S EGO KEPT ME BEHIND BARS.
I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE MORE JUST LIKE ME. THEY MAY NOT BE ON DISPLAY TO THE PUBLIC BUT THEY ARE OUT THERE IN PEOPLE’S BACKYARDS, GARAGES AND BASEMENTS. I NEED YOU TO BE THEIR VOICE AS YOU ARE MINE. IF I HAD ONE WISH IT WOULD BE THAT THE WORLD WOULD BAN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP. WE ARE NOT HERE TO BE DOMINATED BY THE HUMAN SPECIES.
DURING MY TIME ON EARTH IT WAS PURE HELL. I NEVER “LIVED” I ONLY EXISTED FOR YOUR PLEASURE TO COME AND SEE ME IN THE PARKING LOT OF A TRUCK STOP IN A HORRID CAGE THAT I CALLED HOME. I NEVER GOT TO SWIM ON THE HOT SUMMER DAYS OR SCRATCH A TREE OR EVEN HAVE A HEALTHY NATURAL MEAL.
TO THOSE OF YOU THAT YELLED AT ME, THREW OBJECTS AT ME OR JUST LAUGHED AT ME, SHAME ON YOU. ARE YOU EVEN SMART ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT IF THERE WERE NO BARS I WOULD BE THE DOMINATE ONE, NOT YOU.
TO ALL THE PARENTS THAT BROUGHT THEIR CHILDREN TO STAND IN FRONT OF MY CAGE WITH PURE PLEASURE, WHY WOULD YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN NOT TO HAVE COMPASSION OR EMPATHY? SADLY BECAUSE OF YOU YOUR CHILDREN WILL GROW UP WITH NO MORALS OR VALUES AND THE WORLD WILL REMAIN THE SAME FOR THE VOICELESS.
DON’T YOU FEEL ANYTHING FOR ME? WHEN YOU LOOK IN MY EYES DON’T YOU FEEL MY PAIN?  I DIDN’T WANT YOU NEAR ME OR CALLING OUT MY NAME OR TAKING PICTURES. I JUST WANTED TO BE LEFT ALONE AND NOT HARRASED ANYMORE.
WHEN YOU SEE MY KIND AS A CUB IT IS A COMPLETE DISRESPECT TO TOUCH US. DON’T YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE WITH OUR MOTHERS NOT TAKING PICTURES WITH YOU. DID YOU NOTICE THE PERSON THAT HANDED ME TO YOU? DO YOU KNOW HOW BADLY WE ARE TREATED AND THEN THROWN AWAY JUST SO THAT YOU CAN HOLD ME FOR A PICTURE.
HUMANS ARE SO FULL OF GREED AND IGNORENCE THAT YOU ARE MAKING US GO EXTINCT. BECAUSE OF YOUR DESIRE TO BE DOMINATE ONE DAY SOON I WILL BE GONE FOREVER.  YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP US ALIVE THROUGH THESE CAPTIVE BREEDING PROGRAMS BECAUSE ONCE YOU PUT US IN CAPTIVITY WE ARE NOT THE SAME. WE LACK EVERY NATURAL THING TO US ALL BECAUSE YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP US IMPRISONED. IF THAT IS YOUR RIGHT THAN WEHAVE THE RIGHT TO ATTACK AND KILL YOU BECAUSE OF “NATURAL” INSTINCT WITHOUT BEING KILLED AFTERWARDS.
YOU ARE KILLING US AND BECAUSE OF YOUR GREED FOR MONEY YOU DON’T EVEN CARE AND WE ARE KILLING YOU BECAUSE WE DON’T BELONG IN YOUR POSSESSION. WE ARE CREATURES THAT ARE BORN FREE TO HAVE FAMILIES AND LIVE LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCDeL_ujeZU

>Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE | Extinction. We can stop it! | Causes

In "animal cruelty on display", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "save tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", exotic, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 28/12/2010 at 1:13 PM

>Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: UPDATE Extinction. We can stop it! Causes

The animals that are currently at the brink of extinction need to be saved!

>YouTube – Help the BIG CATS this christmas!

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 27/12/2010 at 10:29 PM

>YouTube – Help the BIG CATS this christmas!

>YouTube – Tigers in the U.S.

In "animal cruelty", "big cats", "endangered tiger", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "private ownership", "tiger truck stop", abuse, exotic, louisiana, tiger on 26/12/2010 at 12:08 AM

>YouTube – Tigers in the U.S.

Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary, that is devoted entirely to exotic cats speaks out about:

1. Where do big cats go when they are no longer profitable cubs?

2. If the good sanctuaries are full, where do the big cats go?

3. Should we be building bigger and more sanctuaries for the unwanted cats?

4. What is the best way to prevent the abuse of lions, tigers and other big cats?

5. Does banning private possession of exotics work?

6. Who tracks maulings, killings and escapes by tigers and other big cat species?

7. Do USDA and state inspections make sure breeders and dealers are being humane?

8. When did the big cat crisis in America start?

9. Are there laws to prevent exotic cats from being traded for their meat, skin and bones?

10. How is the public to blame for the worst acts toward tigers and their cubs?

11. What happens to breeders, dealers and other wild animal exploiters when they run out of money?

12. What are some of the most lax states when it comes to wildcat standards and enforcement?

13. Why doesn’t the government do something about all of the abuse of tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars & other big cats?

14. Are there illegal activities operating in the shadow of legal uses of tigers?

15. What kind of tracking is done and what needs to be done to end the abuse of exotic wild cats?

>Tigers at Truckstops — What’s Next, Gorillas at Gas Stations?

In "animal cruelty", "endangered tiger", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "private ownership", "tiger truck stop", louisiana, tiger on 25/12/2010 at 1:37 AM

>Tigers at Truckstops — What’s Next, Gorillas at Gas Stations?

Published 08/06/10

By Maggie Graham, Research Assistant

Tony, a 10 year-old Siberian tiger, has been under the unscrupulous care of Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop Inc., in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for the past decade. Visitors who come to meet him unfortunately are exposed to an animal in cramped conditions, in a cage with cement floors, even during the hot summer months.

Sandlin has exhibited, bred and sold tigers for many years, and even after repeated violations with the USDA for non-compliance with APHIS’s standards of animal care up until 2008, and having to relinquish his other 3 tigers, he is still permitted to keep Tony.

This is because Tony was acquired before August 15, 2006 before the ban to possess exotic cats was established in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also made the final ruling to let Sandlin keep Tony, after several sanctuaries had offered take the animal and provide a proper habitat. Something is gravely wrong when the government agency established to protect and manage wildlife in this country is acting in opposition to an animal’s best interest.

It is a tragic reality that there are more tigers privately owned than there are in the wild.

For the last ten years, Tony has been one of the unfortunate ones that only know life behind bars – on display at a truckstop. His now numerous supporters have sent in letters, videos, and photos detailing the state of his condition – panting on a concrete floor, behind metal bars, in high summer heat, and losing weight.

He has also exhibited stereotypic behaviors and aggressive gestures toward the public on multiple occasions. Even though he has not known true freedom in his life, it is never too late. The more people that know of Tony’s plight, the more opposition Sandlin will have to face. Perhaps one day he will see the value in letting Tony live out the rest of his days in a sanctuary, free to express natural behaviors.

Born Free USA is sending a letter to Senator Landrieu of Louisiana asking for her support with this situation, and you can do the same!

You can view a clip of Tony at YouTube, and show your support by following his online support groups:

Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress

http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Follow Tony On Twitter

http://twitter.com/FreeTonyTiger

Tonys Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Born Free USA Blog:

http://bit.ly/c3tRaP

>Tony The Truck Stop Tiger: Update

In "animal cruelty on display", "big cats", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "save tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", exotic, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 24/12/2010 at 11:54 PM

>Tony The Truck Stop Tiger: Update

Rescue Tony the Tiger!

We still get calls and emails every day about what can be done to save Tony the truck stop tiger. It has been the most publicly decried account of animal abuse to come to our attention. WE CANNOT BUY HIM as it is illegal to buy or sell a tiger across state lines and just perpetuates the trade.

Until the laws change there isn’t anything that anyone can do except keep on the pressure to pass laws that make it illegal for the private sector to breed, possess and exhibit big cats. You can do that with easy to send letters to lawmakers at CatLaws.com

Meanwhile, you can keep up to date on what is happening on these pages:

http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

http://twitter.com/FreeTonyTiger

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Tony-The-Tiger/328048525558

http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

Update 12/29/09 Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin received a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Dec. 14, 2009 which will allow him to keep the tiger.

Most people agree that a truck stop is no place for a tiger. The constant noise, exhaust fumes and taunting by the ignorant are cruel and inhumane. Billboards along the interstate tell commuters that Grosse Tete is a backwards sort of place by announcing that there is a captive tiger at the truck stop.
It is no wonder that business development passes by this impoverished town. The notion of keeping a big cat in such a miserable environment would be any company’s first hurdle in ever being successful there. One man says mistakenly that having a tiger is what brings him business and money, but the rest of the town will continue to suffer from the bad name this activity has given Grosse Tete.

Thousands of people around the globe have been following the plight of Tony the tiger and have called for the Iberville Parish to uphold the ban on such displays that they had since 1993.

Instead of enforcing the ban and showing the world that Iberville Parish is a good place to live and work, they chose instead to change the law to fit the desire of one man who wants to keep a tiger in a cage. Perhaps none of the commissioners live in Grosse Tete. Their actions indicate that they don’t care what visitors or potential businesses think of this ugly blight on Louisiana’s reputation.
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>YouTube – Tony "The Truck Stop" Tiger – Revisited

In "animal cruelty", "endangered tiger", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "private ownership", "tiger truck stop", louisiana on 24/12/2010 at 3:06 PM

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YouTube – Tony “The Truck Stop” Tiger – Revisited

AskTheTrucker.com visits Tony “The Truck Stop” Tiger in Grosse Tete, Louisiana