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Willing to care for TONY

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Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary

144 Sanctuary Loop

Caledonia, Mississippi  39740

http://www.cedrhill.org/

This place is willing to give TONY a “forever” home!

Willing to care for 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 10/02/2012 at 2:14 AM

Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary

144 Sanctuary Loop

Caledonia, Mississippi  39740

http://www.cedrhill.org/

This sanctuary is willing to give TONY a “forever” home!

Petition for Tony

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LDWF: Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary

  1. Signatures
    6,966 out of 10,000
    Petitioning
    1. Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries(+ 3 others)
      Petitioning

      close

      • Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries(Secretary Robert J.Barham)
      • Mr. Fred Kimmel
      • Ms. Maria Davidson
      • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  2. Created By

    Tony’s Friends

Why This Is Important

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has lived his eleven years as a roadside attraction at a truck stop in Louisiana. In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell agreed with The Animal Legal Defense Fund (representing Tony) and their argument that the permit that allows his owner to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. On May 6th, 2011 Judge Caldwell granted a permanent injunction blocking LDWF from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner, and on November 2, 2011 he again prohibited the LDWF from issuing any new permits to the truck stop and ordered the current permit revoked,

Despite these two rulings in Tony’s favor, he remains at the truck stop due to appeals and yet another lawsuit filed by his owner, most recently on January 2nd, 2012. http://theadvocate.com/news/1713218-123/another-suit-filed-in-grosse.html

 

There have been recent reports about Tony’s possible move to an exotic animal park if his owner is forced to give him up. This ”park” is under investigation by the USDA for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs. http://theadvocate.com/home/1608646-125/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html

This, as well as the conditions and practices of this “park” (which include exploiting tiger cubs in hands-on exhibits and photo ops) is of great concern to Tony’s supporters. Tony belongs at a true sanctuary, not another “roadside zoo.”

Please sign this petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to ensure that Tony is relocated to a reputable humane big cat sanctuary that can provide the home, care and life he needs – and has always deserved.

http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

LDWF: Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary

Louisiana Deaprtment of Wildlife Representatives:

I respectfully request that you, as a representative of The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, ensure that Tony, an 11 year-old tiger used as a roadside attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, is relocated to a reputable, humane, accredited big cat sanctuary.
On November 2, 2011, Judge R. Michael Caldwell ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Louisiana taxpayers in their lawsuit to free Tony from the truck stop. Judge Caldwell agreed with ALDF’s argument that the permit that allows Mr. Sandlin to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The judge ordered the Department to revoke the current permit and prohibited it from issuing any new permits to the Tiger Truck Stop. Despite this ruling Tony remains at the truck stop due to the appeals and recent lawsuit by his owner.
Reports about Tony’s possible move to an “exotic animal park,” under investigation by the USDA for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs as well as the conditions and practices of this “park” which include exploiting tiger cubs in hands-on exhibits and photo ops are of great concern to myself and supporters of Tony worldwide.
References: http://theadvocate.com/home/1608646-125/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html
http://www.insideedition.com/news/7266/inside-edition-investigates-tigers-as-shopping-mall-attractions.aspx
Clearly this facility does not comply with the following sanctuary criteria as defined by The Captive Wildlife Safety Act:
• Must be a non-profit entity that is tax exempt under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code • Cannot engage in commercial trade in big cat species, including their offspring, parts, and products made from them • Cannot breed big cats • Cannot allow direct contact between big cats and the public at their facilities • Must keep records of transactions involving covered cats • Must allow the Service to inspect their facilities, records, and animals at reasonable hours
Reference: http://www.fws.gov/le/pdffiles/CWSA_Factsheet.pdf
It is imperative Tony be released to a sanctuary that is humane, reputable and in compliance with the above stipulations. Accredited big cat sanctuaries stand ready to provide Tony with a natural habitat, proper diet, medical care, and enrichment.
Tony represents one of an estimated 5,000 – 10,000 privately owned tigers in the United States whose numbers are greater than tigers left in the wild. Captive tigers can live 15-20 years with quality care. Tony has spent over a decade on display in the unhealthy and unnatural environment of a truck stop.
Please ensure that Tony finally has the life, care and home he needs and deserves by releasing him to an accredited reputable humane big cat sanctuary and not another roadside zoo.
Sincerely,

[Your name]

http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Short Video

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 08/02/2012 at 9:16 PM

Hearing His Side

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Hearing His Side

Michael Sandlin is suing to keep his tiger

Michael Sandlin, owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, is currently suing to keep “Tony” the tiger. He has owned tigers since 1988, and has the same USDA license that LSU and the Baton Rouge Zoo have that allows you to keep and exhibit exotic animals.

On numerous occasions, animal rights and animal welfare activists have tried to remove “Tony” from the truck stop. They cite numerous reasons for this, from claims of poor living conditions to the argument that exotic animals shouldn’t be in captivity at all. We spoke with Michael to hear his side of the story. Right off the bat, Matt Kennedy asks if he’s mistreating the tiger. Sandlin says, “no, of course not.” Michael doesn’t mince words when describing his opposition describing some as, “domestic terrorists in three piece suits.

Scroll down and look to the right of the screen to hear the full interview.

http://www.talk1073.com/home/news/180221-Hearing-His-Side.html

Sandlin does his best to justify ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!!

In ™FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN on 08/02/2012 at 8:43 PM

Free Tony The Tiger

Photos of Tony taken today courtesy of @sarahzaun via Twitter. Thanks to Sarah for permission to use her photos.

Please continue to support Tony by signing and sharing his petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

and visiting http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/how-long-should-you-try-until/ for more ways to advocate on his behalf.

Latest update from ALDF http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1859

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