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From Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell: Tiger Tug-Of-War

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Video link: http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/11/12/jvm.big.cat.battle.hln

November 12, 2010: Tony’s story was presented on Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell. Guests included Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL, Jane Garrison, Animal Welfare Expert, Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop. Also covered was the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of tigers at Thailand’s Tiger Temple.
Please see this link for a transcript of the show: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1011/12/ijvm.01.html

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Tony the Tiger

In "Tony's Journey", animal legal defense fund, exotic, LDWF, liars, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 28/06/2011 at 7:43 AM
Tony the Tiger

Posted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program on May 20th, 2010

Disturbing cases like Tony’s are made worse by the fact that what laws and regulations apply to the keeping of “exotic animals” are inconsistent and often under-enforced. ALDF works directly with legislators toward improving legal protections, and where there are criminal violations that can be charged, ALDF gladly provides free legal assistance to local humane investigators and prosecutors toward the best relief possible for the animal(s) in question. We gladly offer these resources to Iberville Parish and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife.

While each exploited and suffering animal should receive the benefit of a targeted campaign, their sheer numbers prevent this. No one advocate or organization can address them all, but a network of patient and committed citizens supporting each other’s efforts can and does make a difference. The organization “Born Free USA” (formerly known as Animal Protection Institute) has campaigns specifically addressing the disturbing plights of “roadside attraction” animals. Here is information from their website:
http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=439&more=1
http://www.api4animals.org/b4a_thelaw.php#exotics

Citizens are encouraged to work with their local and federal legislators toward earnestly addressing these important issues:
ALDF’s information about working with legislators
Born Free USA’s model laws
Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws they Need, by Julie Lewin

Pending federal legislation:
Captive Primate Safety Act
Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009

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Lies About Tony ~ Video by: Tiger Truck Stop ~ Michael Sandlin

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Lies About Tony ~ Video by: Tiger Truck Stop ~ Michael Sandlin.

 

OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS AND RULINGS RE: ALDF VS. LDWF AND SANDLINS FILING”>OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS AND RULINGS RE: ALDF VS. LDWF AND SANDLINS FILING

In “animal cruelty on display”, “corruption”, “free tony the tiger”, “grosse tete”, “michael sandlin”, “tiger truck stop”, “until his last breath”, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 6.24.11 at 2:23 PM

>THESE DOCUMENTS WERE RECEIVED TODAY IN THE MAIL COURTESY OF A GOOD FRIEND IN LOUISIANA, AND A GOOD FRIEND TO TONY AND TO THIS CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU MJH.

THE DOCUMENTS BEING SHARED FOR YOU INCLUDE THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE DECISION BY JUDGE CALDWELL, THE ORDER FOR FINAL AND PERMANENT INJUNCTION FILED BY THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND AND THE PETITION TIGER TRUCK STOP FILED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE LAWSUIT, SANDLINS PETITION IN INTERVENTION (which was subsequently denied by the Judge)
LINK TO DOCUMENTS: http://bit.ly/jiXe6h
WE WILL SHARE THE TRUTH REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME. WE ARE ALWAYS WORKING DAILY BEHIND THE SCENES FOR TONY, ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR HIS FREEDOM.
THANK YOU FOR ROARING FOR TONY. UNTIL THAT CAGE IS EMPTY WE HAVE TO STAY VIGILANT.
“In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.” — Ruth Harrison Animal Machines.

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE…

Lies About Tony ~ tigertruckstop VIDEO #2″>Lies About Tony ~ tigertruckstop VIDEO #2

In “animal cruelty on display”, “corruption”, “free tony the tiger”, “grosse tete”, “michael sandlin”, “sky williamson”, “tiger truck stop”, “until his last breath”, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 6.24.11 at 2:12 PM

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VIDEO # 2 BY MICHAEL SANDLIN AND TIGER TRUCK STOP

It should be called te truth about Tony the Tiger and his life of hell…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBAeJfc19oo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

CLICK ON LINK ABOVE TO WATCH VIDEO…..

Tony the tiger at Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana”>Tony the tiger at Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana

In “animal cruelty on display”, “animal cruelty”, “corruption”, “free tony the tiger”, “grosse tete”, “michael sandlin”, “sky williamson”, “tiger truck stop”, “until his last breath”, louisiana on 6.24.11 at 3:31 AM
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By Sky
Tony the tiger at Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana
Action Request: Boycott
Location: Louisiana, United States
I thought society as a whole was better than this. I thought surely in this day in age we had grown to have compassion in our hearts. I will never understand how anybody can sleep at night knowing Tony is up at the Tiger Truck Stop suffering every minute of every day. The owner Michael Shawn Sandlin is so proud of his display of animal cruelty. He alone brings so much shame to the state of Louisiana and Iberville Parish. Every breath he takes is a waste. Michael Sandlin owes Tony the rest of his life. This man has been cruelly negligent with every single tiger that he has “owned” and has done so proudly and without any remorse. Take a good look at the fat guy with two tiger cubs laying beside him on the couch at the tiger truck stop web site. If he is allowed to keep Tony at the truck stop after the next council meeting February 17Th 2009 then shame on Louisiana. Google tiger truck stop/ go to www.FreeTony.com / go to www.care2.com and search tiger truck stop, Michael Sandlin or save truck stop tiger by all means educate yourself before you take a real good look at this situation. Do you really believe that it is okay for a TIGER to live at a TRUCK STOP being cruelly neglected and abused? If you do SHAME ON YOU. People that take their children there are teaching them that it is okay to commit a crime ANIMAL CRUELTY which is a felony in Louisiana. If you are buying gas from this truck stop then you are condoning what he is doing. I have talked to some of the truckers from tiger truck stop, not ONE walked away saying that they thought it was right to have tigers at the truck stop. On the Governors web site he says “Bobby Jindal believes Louisiana must break free from the lingering legacy of the past and fully embrace a government that is honest, more efficient, accountable to all its citizens and attractive to deal with by outside investors. Louisiana must proceed quickly and forcefully to overcome a stereotype built up over decades, which continues to hamper our ability to expand the economy and improve the quality of life in our state.” Well do you think we can start with NOT having a tiger at a truck stop? Bobby Jindal definitely has the right mind set to turn Louisiana around and make it into a better place but that can never happen until the community joins him and they to want to live in a better state.
Sincerely, Sky Williamson
(go to www.FreeTony.com for more info.)

      Lawsuit alleges illegal ownership of Tony the tiger caged at truck stop”>Lawsuit alleges illegal ownership of Tony the tiger caged at truck stop

      In “animal cruelty on display”, “corruption”, “grosse tete”, “michael sandlin”, “save tony the tiger”, “until his last breath”, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 6.24.11 at 3:29 AM

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      April 13, 2011 11:42 pm ET

      Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

      Tony the tiger, caged at Louisiana truck stop, awaits his fate
      Tony the tiger, caged at Louisiana truck stop, awaits his fate
      Credits:
      Big Cat Rescue
      Tony paces the edges of a concrete cage at a busy gas station, often surrounded by the curious motorists who are drawn in to gawk at him, to shop for tiger-themed souvenirs at the adjacent store, and to dine at the 24-hour Tiger Café. While his unexpected presence on a major interstate in the American South amuses crowds of customers, the Siberian-Bengal tiger likely remains unaware of the years of legal wrangling that his confinement there has produced.
      The latest brawl comes in the form of the lawsuit filed this week by Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) against Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which last December granted Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin a permit to continue to keep the ten-year-old animal at his Tiger Truck Stop on I-10 in the town of Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish.
      The grandfather clause
      “In 2006, the Louisiana Legislature passed, and the governor signed, Act 715, a law requiring the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to control the private possession of wild cats, including tigers like Tony,” ALDF Staff Attorney Matthew Liebman told Animal Policy Examiner (APE) in an email interview. “The Commission wrote regulations that banned private possession of tigers, with a “grandfather” clause that permits people who legally owned tigers when the law passed to keep them.”
      “Our lawsuit states that Mr. Sandlin was ineligible for a grandfather permit under the regulations because he did not legally own Tony when Act 715 was passed, because at that time Iberville Parish had a law prohibiting private possession of tigers,” Liebman explained. “Furthermore, Mr. Sandlin does not live on the premises, which is a requirement for a permit.”
      USDA citations
      Sandlin’s prior skirmishes included several citations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) between 1997 and 2007, when he owned and bred many more tigers, charging him with violations of the Animal Welfare Act such as “unsanitary feeding practices, mishandling tigers, failure to provide veterinary care, failure to provide shelter from inclement weather, failure to provide clean drinking water, and repeatedly failing to have knowledgeable employees caring for the tigers,” according to a “FactSheet” compiled by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
      The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries nonetheless saw fit to allow Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop through 2011, prompting ALDF to legal action.
      A ‘natural’ life?
      Outspoken animal advocate and True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten has entered the fray, lending her voice and fame to free the tiger from what she calls a “low-rent jail.”
      “This could not be further from his natural, God-intended life,” she wrote in an email interview. “[Tony] is living a life harsher than we sentence the worst offenders in our society to.”
      Liebman said ALDF’s goal is “to get Tony moved to a reputable and humane big cat sanctuary where he can live out his natural life free of the fumes, toxins, and noise that make his current life so miserable. If the permit is revoked, Sandlin will no longer be able to possess Tony in the State of Louisiana.”
      Along with the lawsuit ALDF has launched a petition drive aimed at revoking Sandlin’s permit.
      On the other side of the battle line, Sandlin offers a “Keep Tony at Home” petition that reads “Tony, a tiger raised from infancy by hand, is the target of a misguided attempt to remove him from the people that raised him, love him, and take care of him daily. He has known no other life, and receives great food, and the best medical attention when needed… “
      Meanwhile, at a truck stop on an interstate, a tiger paces, staring back at the sightseers who have come to stare at him, and waits.
      APE’s telephone messages left for Sandlin have not yet been returned.
      http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/lawsuit-alleges-illegal-ownership-of-tony-the-tiger-caged-at-truck-stop

      True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten works to free tiger from truck stop”>True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten works to free tiger from truck stop

      In “Bobby Jindal”, “corruption”, “free tony the tiger”, “grosse tete”, “maria davidson”, “michael sandlin”, “tiger truck stop”, “until his last breath”, Issues, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 6.24.11 at 3:45 AM

      April 12, 2011 11:35 pm ET

      Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

      True Bloods' Kristin Bauer van Straten speaks out about tiger's confinement
      True Bloods’ Kristin Bauer van Straten speaks out about tiger’s confinement
      Credits: Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
      If you were a tiger caged in a tourist attraction next to a gas station, you might want to have on your side a pretty and powerful vampire—or at least the actress who plays her.
      Kristin Bauer van Straten, a.k.a. Pam on HBO’s supernatural series True Blood and an ardent supporter of animal welfare causes, has joined Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in a campaign to free Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger confined alone in a concrete cage for a decade at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.
      ALDF filed a lawsuit this week against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries asking that the permit allowing the tiger to live at the truck stop be revoked. The group alleges that the permit “violates both state and local ordinances designed to protect people and wild animals like Tony.” ALDF has also launched a petition drive on behalf of Tony.
      Tiger kept in a ‘low-rent jail’?
      “Tony did not choose that life,” wrote Bauer van Straten in an email interview with Animal Policy Examiner (APE). “He is living solely for the entertainment of others receiving no fulfillment for himself in any way. He is a prisoner in a low-rent jail, in solitary confinement. He is living a life harsher than we sentence the worst offenders in our society to. It is cruel and unusual punishment—literally.”
      On the other paw, if you listen to Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner and president of Tiger Truck Stop, maybe the ten-year-old cat wants to stay right where he is.
      “All of the tigers at Tiger Truck Stop were born in captivity, hand-raised pets, that need and desire human affection,” Sandlin writes on the truck stop’s Save Tony website. “It is our opinion that it would be just as cruel to take our tigers away from their known environment as it would be to capture a wild tiger and put it in a cage.”
      Although Tony is currently the only tiger at the truck stop, Sandlin states that “Seven cubs have survived birth here, which is a better record than the national average for zoos in this country… We’ve taken a lot of heat from a few animal rights activists that say our tigers ought to be out in the wild, but we really love these cats and take the very best care of them we can. Some people have told us our cats look like they get better care than cats at a lot of the zoos.”
      Saving Tony
      ALDF points out that Sandlin “has been cited by the USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including a lack of proper sanitation and improper feeding practices.”
      On his website Sandlin pleads, “HELP US SAVE OUR TIGER!!!! Animal activists from out of state are trying to send our hand-raised, never in the wild, family member to a wild game preserve somewhere. They claim he is endangered here, BUT HE WILL BE THERE!!!”
      Sandlin adds, “We have met every regulation and request for the tiger’s safety. He is fed well, and has our full attention. Will he be just one of dozens of tigers fending for themselves??? STOP THIS!! Tony has never been away from the truck stop or the loved ones who have raised him since he was a baby. Sign the petition and write the truck stop to save our big cat!!!”
      ‘You can tell your friends you saw a tiger’
      Tony, who in the wild might command a territory as large as 100 square miles, lives amid “noise and diesel fumes 24 hours a day,” according to an ALDF media release, and “is also frequently harassed and taunted 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 the stress of his confinement,” ALDF argues, “Tony constantly paces on the hard concrete surface of his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions.”
      Along with Tony the tiger, Sandlin’s truck stop offers video poker, the Tiger Café, and the Country Store with tiger-themed souvenirs.
      The company’s website proclaims, “ANYBODY can go to Louisiana and see an alligator! You can tell your friends you saw a TIGER! The only live tigers on I-10!!!”
      Watch ALDF’s video on Tony the tiger narrated by Kristin Bauer van Straten.
      Read more about Tony’s case.
      INTERESTED IN MORE NEWS AND INFO ABOUT ANIMALS? Visit AnimalBeat.org.
       

      Pictures of Tony ~ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED”>Pictures of Tony ~ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

      In “Bobby Jindal”, “corruption”, “free tony the tiger”, “grosse tete”, “maria davidson”, “michael sandlin”, “save tony the tiger”, “tiger truck stop”, “until his last breath”, louisiana on 6.24.11 at 11:48 PM

      ©2008-2020, ™ FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN 2008 & Sky Williamson. All rights reserved.

        

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      Pictures of Tony ~ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED”>Pictures of Tony ~ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

      In “corruption”, “Free Tony The Tiger Campaign”, “grosse tete”, “help tony the tiger”, “Iberville parish”, “michael sandlin”, “tiger truck stop”, LDWF, liars, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 6.24.11 at 11:38 PM

      ©2008-2020, ™ FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN 2008 & Sky Williamson.
      All rights reserved.

        

      ©2008-2020, ™ FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN 2008 & Sky Williamson.
      All rights reserved.

      Tiger Truck Stop owner discusses tigers he has bred, sold, and ‘retired’”>Tiger Truck Stop owner discusses tigers he has bred, sold, and ‘retired’

      In “animal cruelty on display”, “corruption”, “free tony the tiger”, “grosse tete”, “maria davidson”, “michael sandlin”, “tiger truck stop”, “until his last breath”, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 6.24.11 at 3:23 AM

      PART THREE

      June 15, 2011 2:19 am ET

      Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

      Before Tony, elderly tigers too old to exhibit were sent to sanctuaries.
      Before Tony, elderly tigers too old to exhibit were sent to sanctuaries.
      Credits: Courtesy of Tiger Truck Stop
      Background
      In May, responding to a lawsuit by Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) against Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), State District Judge Michael R. Caldwell ruled that the agency must grant no new ownership permits to Tiger Truck Stop of Grosse Tete after the current one expires in December.
      However ALDF hopes to convince Caldwell to revoke the current permit, so that the ten-year-old, 550-pound Siberian-Bengal can be removed sooner from what the group says are unhealthy, unsafe, and uncomfortable conditions in a roadside exhibit at the Interstate 10 business, and relocated to a suitable big cat sanctuary.
      Recently the judge denied Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin’s request that he be allowed to participate in court proceedings about Tony.

      Q&A WITH MICHAEL SANDLIN – Part Three of Three
      ANIMAL POLICY EXAMINER (APE) You sound pretty determined to keep Tony there at Tiger Truck Stop. Why is that, Mr. Sandlin?
      MICHAEL SANDLIN: Well, I like Tony, and I make sure that he’s very well taken care of, and I don’t want him to go. So yes, I’m determined, and nobody likes to be pushed. I have retired cats before. I had two cats that lived in this exhibit for 18 years and had 13 cubs. I retired them to Tiger Haven. It’s outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. From what I understand the lady told me they lived another four years there and died of natural causes.
      One of the first cubs that was born there at the Tiger Truck Stop, Shere Khan, he’s still alive and living there at Tiger Haven.
      And two of our cubs, or cats, Sugar and Sassy, are located at the Zoo of Acadiana in Broussard, Louisiana.
      I’ve traded tigers with other breeders—you know, the cubs—and I sold one to a gentleman in Florida that had a traveling animal show and had a lot of other big cats. From getting to know him, from being a truck driver, I knew that the cat would be taken care of. Her name was Gloria.
      So I mean it’s just a lot of good things that have happened with the tigers and I hate to see him [Tony] go, you know?
      APE: Why did the tigers you mentioned—the ones that went to the sanctuaries, for instance the one in Tennessee—why did those need to go to sanctuaries?
      SANDLIN: Well, at that time the two of them, the mommy and the daddy, Toby and Rainbow, were about 19 years old. Rainbow had had 13 cubs, and she showed that. I mean, the skin on her belly hung down low. She had developed some arthritis in her back legs as a result. She didn’t walk crippled or anything but she just walked real easy on her back legs.
      And so in an exhibiting situation, people would go up and they would see Rainbow, and they would see how big she was, and the skin hanging down underneath, you know, made her look so big, and she walked kind of easy. They didn’t understand that she had had 13 cubs and was 19 years old, which is very old for a tiger, so it was time to retire Toby and Rainbow due to old age and not exhibit them anymore.
      And then Shere Khan, who was one of the first cubs born at the truck stop, he was a fully intact male tiger, and I had just gotten Tony at that time. And Shere Khan and Toby, although they were father and son, were enemies, you know, they were two males, and they didn’t like the idea of having to share the exhibit with each other and we had to be very careful to not let them get into direct contact with each other because they would fight and one of them would be injured.
      It just made managing the exhibit, moving the tigers around for cleaning and that sort of thing, it made it a hard situation. And so I made the decision to retire Shere Khan as well, and just keep the youngest male, and that was Tony. And that’s the tiger that I have today.
      APE: Who pays for the care of the tigers you gave to those sanctuaries? Is that something that’s handled by donations from their donors? Or did they ask you for help with that?
      SANDLIN: Well, actually I called them to relocate Toby and Rainbow and Shere Khan, and you know, it was all friendly and above the table. But from what I understand, after they came and got Toby and Rainbow and Shere Khan, they plastered it all over their website that they rescued them, even though they did not rescue them. I called them so that they could bring in some donations.
      And yes, these people depend on donations to feed and take care of their cats, So again, I understand their quest for money. My question for these groups is they take in so much money, where does all that money go? Because it’s not being spent on their animals.
      APE: You mean the group that you gave those tigers to?
      SANDLIN: I have no idea. I’m talking specifically about some other groups. I’m not going to— As far as I know, Tiger Haven seems to be a good place. They seem to be taking good care of their animals, so I’m not placing them in the same category as Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida, or PETA that kills 97% of the animals that they take in, or The Humane Society of the United States that takes in millions of dollars every year, then rescues animals and dumps them on local shelters without giving them a penny to help take care of the animals that they dump on them.
      No, I don’t have anything against Tiger Haven, other than that they were a little dishonest about stating that it was a rescue when it wasn’t.
      APE: You were not required, though, to give them any funding or any money or any payment to take care of those tigers?
      SANDLIN: No. I was not required to do that.
      APE: You’re very upfront about the fact that you have Tony as an attraction and that he does help you pull in some business. Do you think that your business would suffer if Tony were taken away?
      SANDLIN: I think the business would suffer. But at this point I’m hoping that prior to relocating Tony in the event that he ever became ill or something went wrong, or hopefully best case scenario due to old age, that between now and then that I can do some kind of major expansion and maybe put in a tiger museum as an attraction, and that at that point in time be able to replace Tony and the live tiger exhibit with some other attraction. So that’s kind of what I’m working toward. The fact that there’s a death sentence on the exhibit and once Tony is gone I can’t get any more tigers, I need to think for the future and try to move into something else.
      APE: So you’re thinking about a tiger museum?
      SANDLIN: Right. It would display all of the pictures and stories and all of the paraphernalia that I’ve accumulated over the years, and even go further and try to promote saving the tigers’ natural habitat in the wild, and educating the public on tigers in captivity versus tigers in the wild, and just all kinds of stuff that I could put in that museum.
      It would be a good thing to do, number one, and number two, it would be an attraction that would remain for the business long after Tony is gone.
      APE: That would be quite an ending for this story.
      SANDLIN: Well, I think that’s a good thing to try to work toward. Unless there’s some kind of change in Louisiana law that allows people to own exotic animals, I think that’s where we have to go.
      I’d be glad if the law changed, but if not, I think that’s what’s in front of me. It would be good to, number one, do some kind of major expansion and number two, I think the museum’s a good idea whether there’s a tiger there or not. But I think it would be a way—once Tony’s gone and there are no tigers to still promote and educate the public—to promote tigers’ survival in the wild and that sort of thing. And maybe be supportive of some of the good organizations that are out there.
      APE: If you do succeed in keeping Tony there, are you saying that— I might have misunderstood, but did you mention that you might be doing an expansion of his habitat?
      SANDLIN: Well, I mean, you know that’s always a possibility as well. I think Tony’s habitat is adequate, but there are always things that can be done to improve it. There’s a lot of things that can be done to improve his current situation.
      It’s a shame that all this money is having to be spent on attorneys and fighting with these people. But that seems to be what they’re interested in doing. Outside of the Louisiana Humane Society, which in October brought out some pumpkins and chew toys and meaty bones, and I allowed them to give them to Tony, they are the only ones that have ever spent one red cent or lifted one finger to do anything that benefited Tony.
      All of these other groups simply want to spread their lies and raise their money, and take in the donations from exploiting Tony that way, and aren’t concerned about doing anything to help Tony in his current situation. They simply want to take him away from me.
      The fact that Tony is there because of the idea to have an attraction—I know it’s something that they have accused me of, but it’s not something that I’ve ever denied. You know, you can come to Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete and you can see Tony for free. If you want to go to some of these other sanctuaries then you can pay big money and go in and see their cats, you know? Go figure. But Tony doesn’t depend on the next donation to be fed. He doesn’t have to compete with 150 other big cats for attention or veterinary care or anything. He has one-on-one attention and he’s in a good place right where he’s at.
      APE: Thank you, Mr. Sandlin. Really appreciate your spending this time with us today.
      SANDLIN: I appreciate your letting me tell my side of the story.
      Please check this page again soon for reactions to this interview from animal rescue organizations.button above.
      To voice your opinion about the future of Tony the tiger, contact Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
      For previous articles about Tony the tiger case please click on ‘Animal Policy Examiner’ above.

      Katerina Lorenzatos Makris (a.k.a. Kathryn Makris) has written 18 books for major publishers and hundreds of articles for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Petside.com, and two regional news wire services.
      A cofounder of AnimalBeat.org, she holds a B.A. in Environmental Science Studies and a lifelong interest in animal issues.

       

      Lies About Tony ~ Video by: Tiger Truck Stop ~ Michael Sandlin

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      Lies About Tony ~

      http://youtu.be/zBAeJfc19oo

      Uploaded by tigertruckstop on Jun 21, 2011 ~IF EVER THERE WAS A VIDEO MADE OF TONY, THAT HAD NOT ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH IN IT, IT IS THIS VIDEO HERE. IT’S TOTAL CONTENT IS WRONG, IT IS EDITED, IT LIES FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END AND IT IS A DISGRACE TO TONY AND THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE HIM~ AND IT HAS TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD…

      Lies About Tony ~ Video by: Tiger Truck Stop

      In "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "michael sandlin", "Tony's Journey", ALDF, LDWF, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 27/06/2011 at 4:05 AM

      Lies About Tony ~

      http://youtu.be/zBAeJfc19oo

      Uploaded by tigertruckstop on Jun 21, 2011 ~IF EVER THERE WAS A VIDEO MADE OF TONY, THAT HAD NOT ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH IN IT, IT IS THIS VIDEO HERE. IT’S TOTAL CONTENT IS WRONG, IT IS EDITED, IT LIES FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END AND IT IS A DISGRACE TO TONY AND THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE HIM~ AND IT HAS TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD…
       

       

      ALDF Files Suit to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

      In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", ALDF, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 25/06/2011 at 6:48 PM
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      Update
      June 21, 2011:
      A hearing is now scheduled for July 22.

      June 14, 2011: The hearing scheduled for June 14 has been postponed to a later date yet to be determined. The hearing was continued to provide the Department an opportunity to conduct discovery, an essential stage of the litigation process.

      June 3, 2011:
      The Animal Legal Defense Fund recently filed a motion for a mandatory injunction that would compel the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the current permit and seize Tony—meaning that Tony would not have to wait until December to experience his new life beyond the Tiger Truck Stop. Although this specific request was part of ALDF’s original complaint, the court did not rule on it at the hearing last month. A new hearing on the motion for a mandatory injunction has been set for June 14. Stay tuned for updates as soon as they become available.
      May 6, 2011: Victory for Tony! This morning, a judge in East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, preventing the Department from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop, to display Tony. When the current permit expires in December 2011, Sandlin will no longer be able to keep Tony confined as a roadside exhibit at the truck stop where he has languished for over a decade. Read more…
      April 11, 2011
      The stench of fuel. The deafening sound of diesel engines. The neverending boredom of captivity and isolation. Such are the conditions in which Tony, a 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, has spent every day and night of the last decade at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. It’s no life for a tiger, or any other animal. That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit in Louisiana, arguing that the permit that allows Tony to languish in a roadside cage violates state law.


      Kristin Bauer, the actress who portrays the lovely-but-lethal vampire Pam on HBO’s award-winning True Blood, has teamed with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in the fight to free Tony.

      Tony’s Tragedy
      Take Action!In addition to being subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24-hours a day, Tony is also frequently harassed and taunted 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 the stress of his confinement, Tony constantly paces on the hard concrete surface of his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions. Michael 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.

      Year after year of living at the Tiger Truck Stop have taken their toll on Tony’s health. The ambient noise from the nearby freeway and the idling trucks, their diesel engines spewing noxious fumes directly into his enclosure, is painful and obtrusive to an animal with such sensitive hearing and an acute sense of smell, says veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, who has 16 years of experience with captive large cats and has visited Tony. “Based on what I have observed of Tony’s enclosure at the Tiger Truck Stop and his behavior from video and photographs, it is my professional opinion that this tiger is in poor condition and needs intervention on his behalf,” she says.

      ALDF’s Argument
      On April 11, 2011, ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Sandlin to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop. Joining ALDF as a co-plaintiff in the case is former Louisiana Representative Warren Triche, who authored the state’s law which led to the ban on the private ownership of tigers. Two other Louisiana residents, also deeply concerned by Tony’s long-time suffering, are additional co-plaintiffs.

      At the heart of ALDF’s position is the fact that Sandlin’s current housing of Tony violates state and local laws. In 2006, the Louisiana state legislature unanimously passed Act 715, which required LDWF to control the private ownership of big cats. The department enacted regulations prohibiting citizens from keeping a tiger as a pet or exhibiting a tiger in the state. In passing these regulations, the department rightly declared that possession of big cats and certain other exotic animals poses significant hazards to public safety and health and is detrimental to the welfare of the animals.

      The regulations provided an exception, however: individuals who legally owned big cats as of August 15, 2006, were grandfathered in. These owners would need to apply for an annual permit from the LDWF. An ordinance passed in Sandlin’s parish of Iberville in 1993 made it illegal for anyone to keep a tiger or other large exotic cat on his or her premises for exhibition. In other words, Sandlin did not qualify for the exception because he was not in legal possession of Tony. In addition, Sandlin is ineligible for the state’s grandfathering provision because he does not live on the premises where Tony is kept, contrary to regulations.

      Despite the fact that Sandlin was ineligible for a grandfather permit, the LDWF nonetheless issued him one. ALDF is taking the department to court to invalidate this illegally-issued permit.—and free Tony from his troubled life at the truck stop.

      Take Action
      Join the Animal Legal Defense Fund in urging the state of Louisiana to revoke the permit that allows Tony to be kept at the Tiger Truck Stop—a permit that violates both state and local ordinances designed to protect people and wild animals like Tony.

      Sign the petition to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries now!

      http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1675

      Tony has three active petititons; please sign them if you haven’t already and share the links.

      In "corruption", "exotic cat", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", ALDF, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 25/06/2011 at 5:11 PM

      Update On Tony’s Petitions





      Tony has three active petititons; please sign them if you haven’t already and share the links.

      ALDF Sponsorsed Petitions:
      1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207
      (34624 signatures)
      2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger
      (6,417 signatures)
      Care2 Sponsored Petition
      3. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/
      (18,833 signatures)

      Keeping Tony’s story visible and showing our ongoing support for him is very important. See Your Continued Support For Tony Is Still Needed!!

      In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "tiger truck stop", "Tony's Journey", ALDF, LDWF, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 24/06/2011 at 5:05 AM

      TONY THE TIGER 






      YESTERDAY a new video came out on youtube called Lies About Tony, and once again this video was professionally editied, altered and voiced over by Sandlins personal church going friend Ted Baldwin who is a political reporter who works for http://insidelanews.com/
      they both attend: http://www.mccbr.org/
      This video is full of lies that this campaign feels could be harmful to Tony’s well being.
      LINK TO VIDEO: http://bit.ly/mlmc7O

      “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”
      Albert Einstein

      An important comment and lie that Sandlin keeps throwing out there is that “activists” are poisoning Tony…this is a very damaging and slanderous statement that is fabricated by Sandlin ~ its almost as if he is setting it up so that if something should ever happen to Tony he will blame the thousands of caring normal people that are concerned for Tonys life.

      WE HAVE SENT AN EMAIL TO THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND ADVISING THEM THAT SANDLIN AND TED KEEP THROWING OUT THAT WORD. POISON. IF SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN TO TONY, NOT ONE “ACTIVIST” I KNOW WOULD EVEN GO TO LOUISIANA DUE TO THE FACT ALONE THAT ITS TOO DANGEROUS.

      People that allow Sandlin to keep this dangerous game up and keep placating him are not to be taken lightly. Sandlin in no way wants Tony to leave the truck stop, he is stopping at nothing, and playing dirty now.

      HE USES THE WORD ACTIVISTS AS A SCARE TACTIC. SURE THERE ARE ACTIVISTS THAT ARE EXTREME BUT THIS CAMPAIGN HAS NEVER ONCE BEEN EXTREME OR THREATENED ANYONE.

      WE JUST TELL THE TRUTH BASED ON LEGAL DOCUMENTATION THAT WE HAVE READ AND OBTAINED THRU THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.

      WE HAVE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS DAILY WORKING ON SPREADING TONYS STORY, AND NOW WE HAVE THIS MAN SANDLIN WHO IS IN PANIC MODE AND IS HAVING KNEE JERK VIDEOS MADE THAT ARE FULL OF TALL TALES, TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK THERE IS SOME CRAZY ACTIVISTS STALKING HIM AND HANGING AROUND THE CAGE?? REALLY….????

      SANDLIN AND BALDWIN YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR ACT ON THE ROAD….AND MAKE YOUR MONEY THAT WAY INSTEAD OF EXPLOITING A MAJESTIC TIGER LIKE TONY FOR YOUR GRAVY TRAIN.

      WE WOULD RATHER YOU CALL US CARING TIGER LOVERS THAN CRAZY ACTIVISTS FOR THE RECORD ….

      THIS LATEST VIDEO CALLED LIES ABOUT TONY ON YOUTUBE IS A SAD PRODUCTION DONE BY A MAN WHO IS SEEKING FAME …

      WE CANT WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 14, 2011 WHEN WE CAN CLOSE THIS PAGE DOWN AND NEVER HEAR YOUR LOUSY NAMES AGAIN AS TONY WILL BE SAFE FROM THE LIKES OF MEN WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT TREATING WILD TIGERS…..

      P.S. THE POOL IS A HORSE TROUGH WITH NO FILTER SYSTEM….UMMM TONY HAS NEVER BEEN IN IT ONCE, NICE ATTEMPT WITH THE NEW STAIRS THOUGH……..WHY DONT YOU BOTH GO SOAK YOUR HEADS IN IT!

      NOT A HAPPY TIGER

      THIS IS THE FIRST VIDEO THAT SANDLIN POSTED ON YOUTUBE ~ VIDEO #1

      In "Free Tony The Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "Tony's Journey", ALDF, LDWF, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 23/06/2011 at 4:03 PM

      Lies About Tony ~ by: tigertruckstop VIDEO #2

      In "animal cruelty on display", "animal cruelty", "big cats", "Bobby Jindal", "corruption", "endangered tiger", "exotic cat", "Free Tony The Campaign", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "jane Velez-Mitchell", "kristin Bauer", "LDWF Board of Commissioners", "leonardo dicaprio", "maria davidson", "michael sandlin", "private ownership", "revised ordinance", "save tony the tiger", "sky williamson", "tiger truck stop", "Tony's Journey", "until his last breath", abuse, ALDF, animal legal defense fund, ™FREE TONY THE TIGER, ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN, exotic, Issues, LDWF, liars, louisiana, louisiana department of wildlife and fisheries, michael sandlin, tiger, tigers, Tony, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger, truck stop, Warren Triche on 23/06/2011 at 2:48 PM

      THE VIDEO SHOULD BE TITLED TONY’S LIFE OF HELL!!!