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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge appeals court has thrown out a judge’s ruling that barred state officials from issuing any new permits to an Iberville Parish truck stop to keep a 550-pound tiger on display.
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/mSOKZT ) the court ruled that Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell’s ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have Tony, a Siberian-Bengal mix, removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the animal rights group and the state agency took part in the first hearing.
Caldwell later denied Sandlin’s and Tiger Truck Stop’s request for a new trial.
First Circuit Judges Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry, Michael McDonald and Jeff Hughes said Sandlin and the truck stop “were parties needed for just adjudication in this case.”
The appellate court reversed Caldwell’s denial of the new trial request, vacated his May ruling in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and sent the matter back to him “for further proceedings.”
“We’re very pleased. This will give us a chance to correct the situation,” said Steve LeBlanc, an attorney for Sandlin and his truck stop, on Monday.
Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Matthew Liebman called the 1st Circuit ruling “a minor setback.”
“We are confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will rule the same way when we go through it again with Mr. Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop as parties,” he said.
LeBlanc also expressed confidence, saying, “We’re in compliance with their (Department of Wildlife and Fisheries) rules and regulations.”
Caldwell had agreed with the animal rights group that a permit can only be issued to an individual, not a corporation, and the individual must live on the premises.
Tiger Truck Stop is the permit holder, not Sandlin, the judge said.
The last annual permit that the state agency issued to Tiger Truck Stop was in December.
Caldwell has said Tony has been on display at the truck stop since 2001.
The animal rights group cited a 2006 Louisiana law that prohibits the private ownership of large and exotic cats.
The law includes a grandfather exception that allows people to keep exotic cats as pets as long as the animals were legally owned before Aug. 15, 2006, when the law took effect.
The animal rights group claims the tiger was not legally owned by the truck stop before that date because a 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance prohibits anyone from owning “wild, exotic or vicious animals for display or for exhibition.”

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Ruling in Tiger Truck Stop case tossed

Aug. 30, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CDT

The Advocate
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge appeals court has threw out a judge’s ruling that barred state officials from issuing any new permits to an Iberville Parish truck stop to keep a 550-pound tiger on display.
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/mSOKZT ) the court ruled that Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell’s ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have Tony, a Siberian-Bengal mix, removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the animal rights group and the state agency took part in the first hearing.
Caldwell later denied Sandlin’s and Tiger Truck Stop’s request for a new trial.
First Circuit Judges Edward “Jimmy” Gaidry, Michael McDonald and Jeff Hughes said Sandlin and the truck stop “were parties needed for just adjudication in this case.”
The appellate court reversed Caldwell’s denial of the new trial request, vacated his May ruling in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and sent the matter back to him “for further proceedings.”

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

Ruling in Tiger Truck Stop case tossed

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Ruling in Tiger Truck Stop case tossed



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Posted on August 30, 2011 at 8:16 AM
Updated today at 12:36 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge appeals court has threw out a judge’s ruling that barred state officials from issuing any new permits to an Iberville Parish truck stop to keep a 550-pound tiger on display.
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/mSOKZT ) the court ruled that Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell’s ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have the tiger removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the state took part in the first hearing.
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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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Ruling in Tiger Truck Stop case tossed

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:15 AM ESTBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A Baton Rouge appeals court has threw out a judge’s ruling that barred state officials from issuing any new permits to an Iberville Parish truck stop to keep a 550-pound tiger on display.

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/mSOKZT ) the court ruled that Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell’s ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have the tiger removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the state took part in the first hearing.

Tiger owner to get hearing

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "help tony the tiger", "tiger truck stop", "Tony's Journey", ALDF, LDWF, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger, truck stop on 31/08/2011 at 12:42 AM
An appeals court on Monday threw out a Baton Rouge judge’s May ruling that barred state officials from issuing any new permits to an Iberville Parish truck stop to keep a 550-pound tiger on display.
A three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal sent the matter back to state District Judge Mike Caldwell for another hearing.
The panel said Tiger Truck Stop Inc. in Grosse Tete and its owner, Michael Sandlin, deserve to be heard.
Caldwell’s ruling in May came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to have Tony, a Siberian-Bengal mix, removed from the Interstate 10 truck stop.
Only attorneys for the animal rights group and the state agency took part in the first hearing.
Caldwell later denied Sandlin’s and Tiger Truck Stop’s request for a new trial.
First Circuit Judges Edward “Jimmy’’ Gaidry, Michael McDonald and Jeff Hughes said Sandlin and the truck stop “were parties needed for just adjudication in this case.’’
The appellate court reversed Caldwell’s denial of the new trial request, vacated his May ruling in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and sent the matter back to him “for further proceedings.’’
“We’re very pleased. This will give us a chance to correct the situation,’’ said Steve LeBlanc, an attorney for Sandlin and his truck stop, on Monday.
Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Matthew Liebman called the 1st Circuit ruling “a minor setback.’’
“We are confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will rule the same way when we go through it again with Mr. Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop as parties,’’ he said.
LeBlanc also expressed confidence, saying, “We’re in compliance with their (Department of Wildlife and Fisheries) rules and regulations.’’
Caldwell had agreed with the animal rights group that a permit can only be issued to an individual, not a corporation, and the individual must live on the premises.
Tiger Truck Stop is the permit holder, not Sandlin, the judge said.
The last annual permit that the state agency issued to Tiger Truck Stop was in December.
Caldwell has said Tony has been on display at the truck stop since 2001.
The animal rights group cited a 2006 Louisiana law that prohibits the private ownership of large and exotic cats.
The law includes a grandfather exception that allows people to keep exotic cats as pets as long as the animals were legally owned before Aug. 15, 2006, when the law took effect.
The animal rights group claims the tiger was not legally owned by the truck stop before that date because a 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance prohibits anyone from owning “wild, exotic or vicious animals for display or for exhibition.’’
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Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Reply To "Appeals Court Overturns Tiger Truck Stop Decision" 8.29.2011

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Here is the response from The Animal Legal Defense Fund concerning this decision (re: Appeals court overturns Tiger Truck Stop decision 8.29.2011)

“This morning, the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are necessary parties to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s lawsuit to free Tony the Tiger and ordered a new trial in the case. In so ruling, the Court vacated the permanent injunction issued by the trial court that would have freed Tony in December. The decision means ALDF will need to amend its complaint to add the new defendants, then re-do the litigation thus far. While we disagree with the Court of Appeals’ ruling, this is just a minor set-back. We are confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will rule the same way when we go through it again with Mr. Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop as parties.”

Appeals court overturns Tiger Truck Stop decision 8.29.2011  


Posted: Aug 29, 2011 12:38 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 2:26 PM

BATON ROUGE – An appeals court today threw out a ruling the state couldn’t issue any new large animal permits to Tiger Truck Stop, whose big cat has been the center of big controversy among animal rights groups.

The decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling from District Judge Mike Caldwell this past May. He ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit group that sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to stop issuing the permits.

The Tiger Truck Stop and its owner, Mike Sandlin, were not part of the proceedings, which is why the 1st Circuit said they overturned the motion. They also vacated Caldwell’s order for a permanent injunction and sent it back to the District Court for further proceedings.

The Truck Stop’s 550-pound tiger named “Tony” has drawn criticism from animal rights groups like the ALDF, who believe the fumes, inadequate enclosure and stream of visitors are detrimental to the tiger’s health.

A date for a new trial had not been set yet.

http://www.wbrz.com/news/appeals-court-overturns-tiger-truck-stop-decision/

 

AS OF TODAY 8.28.2011 {87,572} PEOPLE BELIEVE…

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AS OF TODAY 8.28.2011 {87,572} PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT TONY DOES NOT BELONG AT A TRUCK STOP.

NEVER STOP ASSISTING THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (ALDF) FROM COLLECTING AS MANY NAMES ON THEIR PETITIONS AS POSSIBLE. THERE ARE THREE ONGOING PETITIONS CIRCULATING FOR TONY.

 TWO ARE ISSUED BY THE ALDF ONE THROUGH CHANGE.ORG AND THE THIRD PETITION THROUGH CARE2.  SO FAR {87,572} SIGNATURES HAVE BEEN SIGNED.  THAT MEANS {87,572} PEOPLE

DO NOT BELIEVE TONY SHOULD BE LIVING AND USED AS A ROAD SIDE ATTRACTION AT A TRUCK STOP!

THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE. I AM SURE THERE ARE STILL SO MANY WONDERFUL CARING PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHERE TONY HAS HAD TO LIVE FOR ALL 11 YEARS OF HIS LIFE. I AM ALSO SURE THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT AWARE HAVE NOT SIGNED HIS PETITIONS. 

PLEASE KEEP THESE PETITIONS CIRCULATING FOR TONY, AS FAR AND AS WIDE AS YOU CAN CIRCULATE THEM! THE INTERNET IS ENDLESS SO PLEASE KEEP POSTING THEM EVERYWHERE FOR TONY!

AS WE CONTINUE TO DO OUR PART AND WHILE THE ALDF DOES THEIR’S, LET’S GET THOSE PETITIONS MOVING QUICKLY ONCE AGAIN, AND LET’S GET MORE PEOPLE WRITING TO THE LOUISIANA DEPT. WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES. 

JUST SEND A QUICK RESPECTFUL NOTE, THROUGH THEIR FAST EFFICIENT ONLINE LINK ASKING THAT THEY THINK LONG AND HARD AS TO WHERE TONY WILL BE RELOCATED AND FOR THEM TO USE THEIR “INFLUENCE” ON MAKING SURE TONY IS PLACED IN ONE OF THE BEST SANCTUARIES THAT IS SUITED FOR HIM AND HIS NEEDS, AND NOT ONE THAT WILL TAKE TONY OUT OF A BAD ENVIRONMENT TO ONE THAT IS “WORSE”.

ATTACHED ARE THE THREE PETITIONS FOR YOU TO CIRCULATE:



ATTACHED BELOW IS THE ONLINE CONTACT INFO. FOR THE LOUISIANA DEPT. OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES (LDWF).  WRITING THEM EVERY DAY IS A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO LET THEM KNOW HOW CONCERNED WE ARE, THAT TONY BE PLACED IN THE PROPER SANCTUARY. 

REMEMBER THIS IS AN ONLINE WAY TO SUBMIT YOUR LETTERS~IT IS THE FASTEST WAY POSSIBLE TO DO THIS FOR TONY!

SOME OF YOU STILL AT TIMES ARE NOT SURE HOW TO CONTINUE TO HELP TONY; WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE COURTS TO DECIDE TONY’S DESTINY. ABOVE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP, ALSO MAKING SURE THAT THE RIGHT PEOPLE HEAR THAT WHERE TONY IS LOCATED IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS TONY LEAVING TIGER TRUCK STOP.

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Tiger Truck Stop Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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Tiger Truck Stop hosts Customer Appreciation Day September 16, 2011

Grosse Tete, LA (I-Newswire) August 27, 2011 – Grosse Tete, LA – On September 16, The Tiger Truck Stop will be hosting their Customer Appreciation Day from 4:00pm – 8:00pm next to the live tiger exhibit. The truck stop is located at I-10, exit 139, just south of the interstate.

This Customer Appreciation Day is the truck stop’s way of saying “Thank you” to the thousands of truck drivers and customers who have supported the truck stop throughout the years. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the food and festivities. It is our pleasure to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication the nation’s truck drivers carry out every day. We never forget that their support is the reason we stay in business,” said Michael Sandlin, President and General Manager of Tiger truck Stop.

Drivers and customers can show their Fuel receipt ($10 minimum) and enjoy Free Jambalaya and Free Music. In addition to the cookout festivities, Customers can take a turn at dunking their favorite animal activist at the Dunking Booth and win a Free T-Shirt!
The Tiger Truck Stop was created to give truck drivers and travelers a place to relax and enjoy Louisiana. The facility is infamous among travelers for its live Tiger exhibit and mascot, Tony the Tiger, who creates a unique atmosphere at this truck stop.

The truck stop has come under attack from animal rights’ activists who are trying to have Sandlin forced to give up his beloved tiger. He is currently fighting a lawsuit in which he will lose the right to keep Tony home. Supporters of Sandlin, including other exotic animal facilities, have launched a grassroots campaign to keep Tony home, stating that the tiger is in no danger, his health is great, his enclosure is superb, and he should remain at the only home he has ever known with the family that raised him and love him.

The staff invite everyone to come out at enjoy on Friday September 16, 2011 from 4-8, and support our nation’s Trucking Industry and keeping Tony home!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time for thanks, but it is also a time for giving back. These events will be held in honor of the fine service and support professional truck drivers provide our industry every day of the year.

About Tiger Truck Stop:The Tiger Truck Stop was created to give truck drivers and travelers a place to relax and enjoy Louisiana. The facility is infamous among travelers for its live Tiger exhibit and mascot, Tony the Tiger, who creates a unique atmosphere at this truck stop.

Company Contact Information
Tiger Truck Stop
Michael Sandlin
I-10, exit 139
70740
Phone : (225) 648-2332 

http://www.i-newswire.com/tiger-truck-stop-celebrates-national/126665

Let little Breawna inspire you

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Let little Breawna inspire you as she talks about Tony the Tiger and wanting to SAVE him.

Just when I loose faith in our youth today, along comes an 11 year old young lady with a passion for large cats. Well, all my loyal listeners know that the way to my heart is through cats of all shapes, sizes, and breeds. This one young person has made it her mission to save Tony The Tiger who has been locked in a cement and iron prison, alone, for over 10 years at a truck stop while putting up with being alone, teased, harrassed, loud sounds at all hours of the day and night and inhaling toxic fumes.

Join me as I talk to this little package of huge inspiration and we will hear all about what she has done to help Tony become free. Now we have won one battle. The owner of the truck stop was denied a renewal license to keep Tony but his current license doesn’t end until the end of December. Poor Tony needed to be set free 10 years ago!

So be sure not to miss this show. Let little Breawna inspire you just as she has inspired me and hundreds of other people whom she has met. She even created a T-shirt line to help free Tony.

See you in cyberspace. Pawz up! Ice……..

ALDF Files Suit to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

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ALDF Files Suit to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

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Update
August 15, 2011:
ALDF lawyers were in court today to defend against Sandlin’s attempt to get our case dismissed. In another victory for Tony, the judge denied Sandlin’s motion. This means the case will continue to move forward. The Court has set a hearing date of September 15 for ALDF’s motion for a mandatory injunction, which seeks an immediate revocation of Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony.

July 19, 2011: The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a motion for a mandatory injunction in June 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 in May. A new hearing on the motion for a mandatory injunction was set for July 22, but has been postponed to a later date yet to be determined.

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!

 

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