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It’s very important that all correspondence for Tony be done in a respectable focused manner. While we are all very passionate and concerned about Tony, his health and welfare, please remember polite and focused letters have a better chance of being addressed and our concerns taken seriously. When you advocate for Tony, you are representing him – he deserves the utmost respect as do the individual(s) we are writing to.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Maria Davidson Large Carnivore Program Manager Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries 5652 Highway 182 Opelousas LA 70570 Phone: (337) 948-0255 Fax: (337) 948-0213

e-mail: mdavidson@wlf.la.gov

Fred Kimmel (Ms. Davidson’s supervisor) Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: (225) 765-2355

e-mail: fkimmel@wlf.la.gov

Bo Boehringer LDWF Press Secretary Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: 225- 765-5115

e-mail: bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

Robert J. Barham, Secretary Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries P.O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70898 Phone: (225) 765-2623   Fax: (225) 765-2607

e-mail: rbarham@wlf.la.gov

e-mail: sfalcon@wlf.la.gov

web e-mail form: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact

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Oklahoma park probed in tiger cub deaths

In "animal cruelty on display", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 30/12/2011 at 10:05 PM

ImageOklahoma park probed in tiger cub deaths

Patrick Dennis / 00024023a
Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger mix on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, reclines in a grassy area in its cage in this December 2010 photo.
Tony, the 550-pound tiger on display at Tiger Truck Stop, could be bound for an exotic animal park in Oklahoma that federal officials say is under investigation after 23 tiger cubs died there.

Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin said he intends to send the 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal mix tiger to G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., if forced by the courts to relocate the animal from its roadside display.

Animal-rights activists have been fighting to move the tiger from the truck stop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began an investigation of G.W. Exotic Animal Park on June 15, 2010, after learning of the tiger cub deaths, according to Dave Sacks, USDA spokesman

“We first conducted an inspection and subsequently opened an investigation into the matter,” Sacks said Friday. “That investigation continues.”

Sacks said he didn’t know when the investigation will be completed and declined further comment.

Sandlin said Monday he has toured several animal sanctuaries and is “100 percent comfortable” sending the tiger to the Oklahoma park run by Joe “Joe Exotica” Schreibvogel.

Schreibvogel did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

“The deaths are a concern to me,” Sandlin said. “But I understand there was a problem from the manufacturer with the powder that you mix with water to feed the cubs and some cubs died. I don’t blame Joe for that. It’s just a terrible thing.”

Sandlin said of the 13 tiger cubs born at Tiger Truck Stop in the past 25 years, one was stillborn; another one died for undetermined reasons; and a third, fully grown white tiger, died of pancreatic cancer.

“I have a pretty good record, but you’re going to have problems,” Sandlin said. “I know Joe will love and take care of Tony.”

Sandlin said he chose G.W. Exotic Animal Park because Schreibvogel promised to build an enclosure roughly the same size as Tony’s 3,200-square-foot home at the truck stop.

Schreibvogel previously said he had a 5,000-square-foot cage ready for Tony and is trying to raise $120,000 to build him a 10,000-square-foot habitiat with a swimming pool, waterfall and shade trees.

Last week, Schreibvogel said his business has raised only $100 toward the cause.

Schreibvogel’s promise to keep Tony out of public view was one of the determining factors in choosing the animal park as a final home for the tiger, Sandlin said.

He said he wants Tony to have a quiet retirement.

“It’s not that I want him totally isolated, because he’s used to being around people. There are truck drivers that he recognizes, he’s used to being petted and he’s grown up accustomed to kids stopping by to look at him,” Sandlin said.

He said park staff would be around to care for Tony, so he won’t be isolated.

“It would be cruel to isolate him, “ Sandlin said. “He could grieve himself to death.”

Sandlin also said the park is close enough to his family’s home in Stillwater, Okla., where Sandlin could visit him periodically.

Tony’s future ultimately is up to the courts in Louisiana.

In May, state District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries could not issue any new permits allowing Tiger Truck Stop to keep the tiger on display.

The judge’s ruling came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Wildlife and Fisheries, arguing 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.

“Mr. Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop should be required to abide by the rules,’’ the judge said at the time.

A three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal threw out that ruling in August after deciding Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop Inc. deserved to be heard as a party in the dispute

Caldwell took up the matter again last month and ruled for a second time the truck stop could not get another permit under Louisiana law.

The truck stop’s permit will expire at the end of the month.

Sandlin’s attorney, Steve LeBlanc, said Monday he asked Caldwell to suspend the ruling barring the state from issuing another permit until the judge can consider Sandlin’s request for a new trial.

If the judge doesn’t grant a new trial, LeBlanc said he will file another appeal with the 1st Circuit. Caldwell’s judgment isn’t final until the appeal process runs its course, according to Bo Boehringer, a spokesman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

If Sandlin’s appeal is denied, Boehringer said, his agency would give Sandlin 30 days to move Tony to a sanctuary of Sandlin’s choosing.

http://theadvocate.com/home/1608646-125/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html

Tony the Tiger can stay

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/12/2011 at 10:03 PM

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 – 4:14pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 – 10:59pm

GROSSE TETE, La. (AP) – The Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has
received a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries to keep Tony the tiger.
Maria Davidson, the department’s large carnivore program
manager, says the permit was needed after a 2006
legislative action gave regulatory authority over private ownership
of potentially dangerous animals, such as primates, wolves, bears
and big cats, to the agency.
Davidson said the legislation prohibited private ownership of
the animals, but allowed people who already owned the animals
before 2006 to be “grandfathered” as long as they went through a
permit process to keep their current animals.
The permit has been controversial with animal rights and welfare
activists and others who object to the tiger being kept at a truck
stop joining the debate.

http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/tony-tiger-can-stay

*Thanks to ALDF this case has been turned upside down and TONY has won TWO court trials now where the judge says TONY will NOT remain at the dump called TIGER TRUCK STOP*

Possible new home for Truck Stop Tiger under investigation

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/12/2011 at 9:48 PM

Possible new home for Truck Stop Tiger under investigation

http://www.nbc33tv.com/all-about-animals/possible-new-home-for-truck-stop-tiger-under-investigation

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 5:34pm

GROSS TETE, LA (NBC33)  — An exotic animal park where Tony the Truck Stop tiger could end up is under investigation.

Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has said that if the courts force him to relocate Tony from his roadside display in Gross Tete, he would send the big cat to GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

But the US Department of Agriculture began an investigation into that park last year after 23 tiger cubs died there.
They say they don’t know when the investigation will be completed.

Sanctuary owner defends park history

In "animal cruelty on display", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 30/12/2011 at 9:35 PM

Sanctuary owner defends park history

         http://theadvocate.com/home/1664288-125/sanctuary-owner-defends-park-history.html

 

Dozens of animal welfare violations levied against an Oklahoma animal refuge that could be the next destination for Louisiana’s captive tiger on display at Tiger Truck Stop are routine infractions that animal sanctuaries regularly deal with, the park’s owner said Tuesday.Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin is battling animal-rights activists in court over whether he should be allowed to keep Tony, his 500-pound pet tiger.Sandlin has said he is aware of the Oklahoma animal park’s troubles, but feels “100 percent comfortable” sending his 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal mix tiger to G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., if forced by the courts to relocate the animal from its truck-stop quarters off Interstate 10 at Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating G.W. Exotic Animal Park after learning that 23 tiger cubs died there last year, USDA spokesman Dave Sacks said last week. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

The agency also fined the animal park $25,000 in 2005 after citing the facility at least 20 times between 2000 and 2004 for a broad range of violations such as failing to provide adequate veterinary care, failing to provide adequate nutrition to different animals and housing animals in poorly constructed cages, according to a complaint filed by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Joe “Joe Exotic” Schreibvogel, the park’s owner, said the numerous Animal Welfare Act violations for which he’s been cited can be chalked up to growing pains he experienced while learning how to run an animal sanctuary on the fly.

Schreibvogel said he opened the park in 1999 in memory of his brother, an animal lover, who died in 1997.

“When you open a park, the USDA sells you a license and they give you a book of rules,” he said. “Not everything is explained in the book. Each inspector goes by different rules. The hard part is learning what your inspector expects of you.”

In the USDA complaint, an inspector specifically cites the animal park for not caring for an underweight, limping female cougar; failing to remove a metal chain from around a juvenile tiger’s neck; failing to remove feces from a bear cage; failing to protect food supplies from mold and vermin; housing lions in an enclosure with sharp, protruding fencing; failing to keep water receptacles free of algae and mosquito larvae; and failing to build an adequate enclosure, thereby allowing a tiger to escape and attack a camel.

Schreibvogel said he had addressed all of the complaints as of 2005 and his park is now in compliance with USDA regulations.

“Those reports don’t tell the whole story,” he said. “If you keep your veterinary records at the vet’s office, they say we failed to provide our records because we couldn’t show the inspectors right then.

“This is Oklahoma, if it rains 6 inches in a day, they say we didn’t remove standing water from the cages fast enough. We used to keep our food in a barn, now we’ve built a $40,000 commissary with stainless steel appliances. We’re an open book. We have nothing to hide.”

Schreibvogel admitted he was fined $25,000 for throwing two inspectors out of the park when they complained about guests petting a baby deer.

“If you look at all those fines, that’s how the USDA makes their money,” he said. “It’s no different than a cop writing speeding tickets. Airlines and shipping companies all pay USDA fines. Getting fined doesn’t make you a bad person. It doesn’t mean you abuse animals.”

In regard to the 23 dead tiger cubs, Schreibvogel said they died after they were fed an allegedly rotten, powder-based formula known as KMR that he purchased from PetAg, an animal nutrition company based in Illinois.

Schreibvogel said the formula spoiled while in transit, and when mixed with water and fed to the cubs, the powder separated from the water in the cubs’ stomachs and accumulated enough bacteria to kill the cubs four hours after they swallowed it.

“I spent $10,000 to try and save those babies,” he said. “I reported what happened to the FDA myself, I went on TV to warn people about KMR. It was bad formula.”

PetAg President Darlene Frudakis disputed Schreibvogel’s claims Tuesday.

“The Food and Drug Administration has always found our products to be fully compliant and safe to use as directed,” she said.

“PetAg and our dry milk replacement powders have been victimized by misinformation.”

FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said the agency inspected the KMR from PetAg in 2010 after receiving complaints, but was “not able to detect any adulteration in the product.”

Whether Tony stays in Louisiana or ends up in Oklahoma, is ultimately up to the courts.

State District Judge Mike Caldwell has sided with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, known as the ALDF, and barred the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing any new permits to keep the tiger on display.

The judge ruled that the ALDF is correct in that a permit can be issued only to an individual and not a corporation.

Tiger Truck Stop is the permit holder, not Sandlin.

The current permit expires at the end of the month.

Sandlin’s attorney, Steve LeBlanc has said that he is seeking a new trial and, if denied, would take the case to the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.

Bo Boehringer, a spokesman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said Judge Caldwell’s ruling isn’t final until the appeal process runs its course.

Sanctuary owner defends park history

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 30/12/2011 at 9:31 PM

Sanctuary owner defends park history

         http://theadvocate.com/home/1664288-125/sanctuary-owner-defends-park-history.html

The Bengal tiger on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete reclines in the sun on a grassy area in his cage in December 2010.

Dozens of animal welfare violations levied against an Oklahoma animal refuge that could be the next destination for Louisiana’s captive tiger on display at Tiger Truck Stop are routine infractions that animal sanctuaries regularly deal with, the park’s owner said Tuesday.

Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin is battling animal-rights activists in court over whether he should be allowed to keep Tony, his 500-pound pet tiger.

Sandlin has said he is aware of the Oklahoma animal park’s troubles, but feels “100 percent comfortable” sending his 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal mix tiger to G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., if forced by the courts to relocate the animal from its truck-stop quarters off Interstate 10 at Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating G.W. Exotic Animal Park after learning that 23 tiger cubs died there last year, USDA spokesman Dave Sacks said last week. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

The agency also fined the animal park $25,000 in 2005 after citing the facility at least 20 times between 2000 and 2004 for a broad range of violations such as failing to provide adequate veterinary care, failing to provide adequate nutrition to different animals and housing animals in poorly constructed cages, according to a complaint filed by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Joe “Joe Exotic” Schreibvogel, the park’s owner, said the numerous Animal Welfare Act violations for which he’s been cited can be chalked up to growing pains he experienced while learning how to run an animal sanctuary on the fly.

Schreibvogel said he opened the park in 1999 in memory of his brother, an animal lover, who died in 1997.

“When you open a park, the USDA sells you a license and they give you a book of rules,” he said. “Not everything is explained in the book. Each inspector goes by different rules. The hard part is learning what your inspector expects of you.”

In the USDA complaint, an inspector specifically cites the animal park for not caring for an underweight, limping female cougar; failing to remove a metal chain from around a juvenile tiger’s neck; failing to remove feces from a bear cage; failing to protect food supplies from mold and vermin; housing lions in an enclosure with sharp, protruding fencing; failing to keep water receptacles free of algae and mosquito larvae; and failing to build an adequate enclosure, thereby allowing a tiger to escape and attack a camel.

Schreibvogel said he had addressed all of the complaints as of 2005 and his park is now in compliance with USDA regulations.

“Those reports don’t tell the whole story,” he said. “If you keep your veterinary records at the vet’s office, they say we failed to provide our records because we couldn’t show the inspectors right then.

“This is Oklahoma, if it rains 6 inches in a day, they say we didn’t remove standing water from the cages fast enough. We used to keep our food in a barn, now we’ve built a $40,000 commissary with stainless steel appliances. We’re an open book. We have nothing to hide.”

Schreibvogel admitted he was fined $25,000 for throwing two inspectors out of the park when they complained about guests petting a baby deer.

“If you look at all those fines, that’s how the USDA makes their money,” he said. “It’s no different than a cop writing speeding tickets. Airlines and shipping companies all pay USDA fines. Getting fined doesn’t make you a bad person. It doesn’t mean you abuse animals.”

In regard to the 23 dead tiger cubs, Schreibvogel said they died after they were fed an allegedly rotten, powder-based formula known as KMR that he purchased from PetAg, an animal nutrition company based in Illinois.

Schreibvogel said the formula spoiled while in transit, and when mixed with water and fed to the cubs, the powder separated from the water in the cubs’ stomachs and accumulated enough bacteria to kill the cubs four hours after they swallowed it.

“I spent $10,000 to try and save those babies,” he said. “I reported what happened to the FDA myself, I went on TV to warn people about KMR. It was bad formula.”

PetAg President Darlene Frudakis disputed Schreibvogel’s claims Tuesday.

“The Food and Drug Administration has always found our products to be fully compliant and safe to use as directed,” she said.

“PetAg and our dry milk replacement powders have been victimized by misinformation.”

FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said the agency inspected the KMR from PetAg in 2010 after receiving complaints, but was “not able to detect any adulteration in the product.”

Whether Tony stays in Louisiana or ends up in Oklahoma, is ultimately up to the courts.

State District Judge Mike Caldwell has sided with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, known as the ALDF, and barred the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing any new permits to keep the tiger on display.

The judge ruled that the ALDF is correct in that a permit can be issued only to an individual and not a corporation.

Tiger Truck Stop is the permit holder, not Sandlin.

The current permit expires at the end of the month.

Sandlin’s attorney, Steve LeBlanc has said that he is seeking a new trial and, if denied, would take the case to the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.

Bo Boehringer, a spokesman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said Judge Caldwell’s ruling isn’t final until the appeal process runs its course.

GW Exotic Animal Park

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 21/12/2011 at 3:29 PM

Possible new home for Truck Stop Tiger under investigation

http://www.nbc33tv.com/all-about-animals/possible-new-home-for-truck-stop-tiger-under-investigation

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 5:34pm

 

GROSS TETE, LA (NBC33)  — An exotic animal park where Tony the Truck Stop tiger could end up is under investigation.

Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has said that if the courts force him to relocate Tony from his roadside display in Gross Tete, he would send the big cat to GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

But the US Department of Agriculture began an investigation into that park last year after 23 tiger cubs died there.
They say they don’t know when the investigation will be completed.

Tony the Tiger can stay

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 20/12/2011 at 6:26 PM

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 – 4:14pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 – 10:59pm

 

GROSSE TETE, La. (AP) – The Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has
received a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries to keep Tony the tiger.
Maria Davidson, the department’s large carnivore program
manager, says the permit was needed after a 2006
legislative action gave regulatory authority over private ownership
of potentially dangerous animals, such as primates, wolves, bears
and big cats, to the agency.
Davidson said the legislation prohibited private ownership of
the animals, but allowed people who already owned the animals
before 2006 to be “grandfathered” as long as they went through a
permit process to keep their current animals.
The permit has been controversial with animal rights and welfare
activists and others who object to the tiger being kept at a truck
stop joining the debate.

http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/tony-tiger-can-stay

*Thanks to ALDF this case has been turned upside down and TONY has won TWO court trials now where the judge says TONY will NOT remain at the dump called TIGER TRUCK STOP*

Oklahoma park probed in tiger cub deaths

In "animal cruelty on display", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 20/12/2011 at 6:08 PM

Image

 

Oklahoma park probed in tiger cub deaths

Patrick Dennis / 00024023a
Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger mix on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, reclines in a grassy area in its cage in this December 2010 photo.
Tony, the 550-pound tiger on display at Tiger Truck Stop, could be bound for an exotic animal park in Oklahoma that federal officials say is under investigation after 23 tiger cubs died there.Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin said he intends to send the 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal mix tiger to G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., if forced by the courts to relocate the animal from its roadside display.

Animal-rights activists have been fighting to move the tiger from the truck stop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began an investigation of G.W. Exotic Animal Park on June 15, 2010, after learning of the tiger cub deaths, according to Dave Sacks, USDA spokesman

“We first conducted an inspection and subsequently opened an investigation into the matter,” Sacks said Friday. “That investigation continues.”

Sacks said he didn’t know when the investigation will be completed and declined further comment.

Sandlin said Monday he has toured several animal sanctuaries and is “100 percent comfortable” sending the tiger to the Oklahoma park run by Joe “Joe Exotica” Schreibvogel.

Schreibvogel did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

“The deaths are a concern to me,” Sandlin said. “But I understand there was a problem from the manufacturer with the powder that you mix with water to feed the cubs and some cubs died. I don’t blame Joe for that. It’s just a terrible thing.”

Sandlin said of the 13 tiger cubs born at Tiger Truck Stop in the past 25 years, one was stillborn; another one died for undetermined reasons; and a third, fully grown white tiger, died of pancreatic cancer.

“I have a pretty good record, but you’re going to have problems,” Sandlin said. “I know Joe will love and take care of Tony.”

Sandlin said he chose G.W. Exotic Animal Park because Schreibvogel promised to build an enclosure roughly the same size as Tony’s 3,200-square-foot home at the truck stop.

Schreibvogel previously said he had a 5,000-square-foot cage ready for Tony and is trying to raise $120,000 to build him a 10,000-square-foot habitiat with a swimming pool, waterfall and shade trees.

Last week, Schreibvogel said his business has raised only $100 toward the cause.

Schreibvogel’s promise to keep Tony out of public view was one of the determining factors in choosing the animal park as a final home for the tiger, Sandlin said.

He said he wants Tony to have a quiet retirement.

“It’s not that I want him totally isolated, because he’s used to being around people. There are truck drivers that he recognizes, he’s used to being petted and he’s grown up accustomed to kids stopping by to look at him,” Sandlin said.

He said park staff would be around to care for Tony, so he won’t be isolated.

“It would be cruel to isolate him, “ Sandlin said. “He could grieve himself to death.”

Sandlin also said the park is close enough to his family’s home in Stillwater, Okla., where Sandlin could visit him periodically.

Tony’s future ultimately is up to the courts in Louisiana.

In May, state District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries could not issue any new permits allowing Tiger Truck Stop to keep the tiger on display.

The judge’s ruling came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Wildlife and Fisheries, arguing 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.

“Mr. Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop should be required to abide by the rules,’’ the judge said at the time.

A three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal threw out that ruling in August after deciding Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop Inc. deserved to be heard as a party in the dispute

Caldwell took up the matter again last month and ruled for a second time the truck stop could not get another permit under Louisiana law.

The truck stop’s permit will expire at the end of the month.

Sandlin’s attorney, Steve LeBlanc, said Monday he asked Caldwell to suspend the ruling barring the state from issuing another permit until the judge can consider Sandlin’s request for a new trial.

If the judge doesn’t grant a new trial, LeBlanc said he will file another appeal with the 1st Circuit. Caldwell’s judgment isn’t final until the appeal process runs its course, according to Bo Boehringer, a spokesman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

If Sandlin’s appeal is denied, Boehringer said, his agency would give Sandlin 30 days to move Tony to a sanctuary of Sandlin’s choosing.

http://theadvocate.com/home/1608646-125/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html

HELP Tony

In "animal cruelty on display", "corruption", "free tony the tiger", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 20/12/2011 at 5:40 PM

It’s very important that all correspondence for Tony be done in a respectable focused manner. While we are all very passionate and concerned about Tony, his health and welfare, please remember polite and focused letters have a better chance of being addressed and our concerns taken seriously. When you advocate for Tony, you are representing him – he deserves the utmost respect as do the individual(s) we are writing to.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Maria Davidson Large Carnivore Program Manager Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries 5652 Highway 182 Opelousas LA 70570 Phone: (337) 948-0255 Fax: (337) 948-0213

e-mail: mdavidson@wlf.la.gov

Fred Kimmel (Ms. Davidson’s supervisor) Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: (225) 765-2355

e-mail: fkimmel@wlf.la.gov

Bo Boehringer LDWF Press Secretary Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: 225- 765-5115

e-mail: bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

Robert J. Barham, Secretary Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries P.O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70898 Phone: (225) 765-2623 Fax: (225) 765-2607

e-mail: rbarham@wlf.la.gov

e-mail: sfalcon@wlf.la.gov

web e-mail form: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact