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Rescheduled Hearing Date & New Video of Tony

In "breawna smith", "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 20/10/2011 at 2:15 PM

UPDATE: October 7, 2011: The exception hearing on October 17th is rescheduled to November 2nd when the court will also hear The Animal Legal Defense Fund ‘s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit which allows Mr. Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop.

The following video, taken on October 6, 2011…

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Lies About Tony ~ BY: MICHAEL SANDLIN

In "corruption", "exotic cat", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "help tony the tiger", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, LDWF, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger, truck stop on 16/10/2011 at 3:56 AM

Lies About Tony ~

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…

  SHARED WITH THE WORLD..
 

 http://youtu.be/zBAeJfc19oo

 

Speak Out for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger!

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, LDWF, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 11/10/2011 at 4:22 AM
Petition to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Greetings,
I join the Animal Legal Defense Fund in urging the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the permit that allows Michael Sandlin to display Tony, a ten-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, where he has lived with no other tiger companions since 2003.

Tony has spent every day and night of the last decade at the Tiger Truck Stop, where he is subjected to the stench of fuel and the deafening noise of diesel engines 24-hours a day.

What’s more, Tony is 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 confinement, Tony constantly paces on the hard concrete surface of his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions.

Tony’s confinement is clearly inhumane — and, as the Animal Legal Defense Fund argued in court, it is also illegal, as your Department violated state law in granting Michael Sandlin’s permit. Please follow the regulations already set by the State of Louisiana to protect members of the public and tigers such as Tony by revoking Sandlin’s permit immediately.
[Your name]

http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger

LETS REMEMBER THE REASONS WE ARE FIGHTING FOR TONY PLEASE

In "breawna smith", "exotic cat", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "Iberville parish", "tiger truck stop", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger, truck stop on 09/10/2011 at 2:38 PM


As we are all fully aware lately there has been an uproar of people supporting Sandlin’s right to keep Tony, this is not about anyone’s rights to own a tiger, this is about the neglect, and unfit living conditions Tony has been in for 11 long years. It is only since May 2011 that Mr. Sandlin starting to realize that he may lose Tony when the Animal Legal Defense Fund came on board. Just 8 months ago the USDA visited Tony and this is their written report below. (copy of actual letter on file).

 

JANUARY 11, 2011 USDA WRITTEN REPORT:

 

“WITH REGARD TO TONY’S WEIGHT, WE BELIEVE THAT HE IS CURRENTLY UNDERWEIGHT. WE HAVE DISCUSSED THIS CONCERN WITH THE OWNER AND ATTENDING VETERINARIAN, AND THEY HAVE INCREASED TONY’S CALORIC INTAKE. IN ADDITION, THE ATTENDING VETERINARIAN PLANS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER FULL VETERINARY EVALUATION, INCLUDE ROUTINE BLOOD WORK, IN THE SPRING. WHILE IT IS TOO SOON TO DETERMINE IF TONY’S INCREASED CALORIC INTAKE HAS HAD ANY EFFECT, WE ASSURE YOU THAT OUR AGENCY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR TIGER TRUCK STOP, INC. TO ENSURE THAT THE FACILITY MAINTAINS THE AWA MINIMUM STANDARDS. WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOUR CONCERNS.”

 

SINCERELY,

 

CHESTER A. GIPSON

 

DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR

 

ANIMAL CARE / USDA

 

 

NOW KEEP IN MIND TONY WAS SO BAD THEY SPOKE TO MR. SANDLIN SO THIS WAS IN JANUARY…THIS NEW “WE LOVE TONY, SEE ALL HIS NEW STUFF ATTITUDE AND ALL THE NEW FRIENDS SANDLIN HAS RECENTLY ACQUIRED DUE TO A LARGE SPOTLIGHT SHINING ON THEM NOW DOES NOT CHANGE OUR OPINION THAT TONY WAS NEGLECTED FOR ELEVEN LONG YEARS AND STILL TO THIS DATE HAS NOT HAD ANY BLOOD WORK, NOR ANY HANDS-ON PHYSICAL EXAM. HIS CHARMING VET DR. GONSOULIN ONLY DOES VISUAL EXAMS. THIS WILL NOT CHANGE. OUR BELIEF IS, IF YOU HAVE A TIGER, AN AMAZING MAJESTIC ANIMAL; TAKE CARE OF IT, END OF STORY. JUST BECAUSE YOU NOW REALIZE YOU BETTER SHAPE UP OR TONY SHIPS OUT IS NOT CHANGING OUR MINDS. TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.

 

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND HOPE THAT TONY WINS IN COURT AND A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION AND A NEW HOME FOR TONY IS FOUND SO HE CAN LIVE WITH ENRICHMENT…. WITHOUT THE NOISE OF TIGER TRUCK STOP, WITHOUT THE DRAMA OF PEOPLE SURROUNDING THIS CASE AND WE WISH ONLY BEST INTENTIONS FOR TONY…HE DOES NOT NEED TO BE SENT ANYWHERE, WHERE THERE IS CONTROVERSY……..IF HE WINS HIS FREEDOM…

 

MR. SANDLIN HOW ABOUT THROWING TONY SOME CARDBOARD BOXES TO PLAY WITH THAT ARE FREE!!!!

 

 

WE ALSO FOUND THIS INTERESTING BIT OF INFO…WHEN SOMEONE RECENTLY SHARED WITH US A RECENT EMAIL FROM THE LOUISIANA DEPT. OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES, IF YOU NOTICE, HE NEVER MENTIONS THE COURT DATE COMING UP ON OCTOBER 17, 2011, WHERE THE LDWF IS TRYING TO GET CASE CANCELED!!! TRICKY POLITICS IS RUNNING THIS CASE…..SOMEONE IS PULLING FAVORS…..DON’T THINK THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL GAME/GAIN.

 

COPY OF EMAIL:

 

The District Court judge’s ruling back in May that would have prevented any additional permits being issued to Tony’s owner was overturned by the Appellate Court and sent back to the District Judge for re-hearing.

 

The next scheduled court hearing on this issue is set for November 2, 2011.

 

Bo Boehringer

 

Press Secretary

 

Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

 

NEVER ONCE DOES HE SAY A WORD ABOUT 10/17/2011.

 

LET THE JUSTICE SYSTEM PREVAILS.

 

KEEP ROARING FOR TONY.

 

 

 

 

TONY WAS NOT FED PROPERLY….NOT SO LONG AGO…

10 News Investigators raise questions about Big Cat Rescue transparency

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "Tony's Journey", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, louisiana, michael sandlin on 04/10/2011 at 6:44 AM

8:34 AM, Sep 30, 2011 

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10 News Imvestigators addresses questions being asked about a $5 million non-profit that says it rescues abandoned and abused large cats.
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Tampa, Florida — It is a high-profile non-profit known for rescuing abused and abandoned tigers, lions and other large cats. But critics say Big Cat Rescue built its reputation by doing some of the same things it criticizes others for doing.

The organization says it is completely transparent, but a 10 News investigation shows that does not appear to be true.
Big Cat Rescue is close to being a $5 million Tampa organization that calls itself the world’s largest accredited sanctuary for exotic wild cats.
Joe Schreibvogel says the organization is great at tugging on people’s heartstrings.
“People love to help animals, because they touch their hearts.”
It’s clear that animal lovers who hear about the sanctuary are impressed. Last year, the sanctuary took in more than $1 million in grants and contributions to take care of the cats.
Schreibvogel, who owns his own zoo in Oklahoma, has issues with Big Cat Rescue and is involved in a lawsuit against the organization.
Big Cat Rescue says the animals they take in have been abandoned and neglected and say they are on a mission to save them. They believe the only way to end the abuse and neglect is to end the trading and breeding of big cats.
Schreibvogel says that the breeding and trading of animals is exactly what Big Cat Rescue did.
“Most of the cats weren’t rescued. They were bought or they were bred at the facility. My biggest concern is, in the animal world, the misrepresentation as far as an animal sanctuary gives us all a bad name.”
Schreibvogel isn’t without his own critics, however, and they point to a $25,000 fine he received from the United States Department of Agriculture. Schreibvogel admits he received the fine when he first started out and he didn’t know what he was doing.
However, he is correct about the cats being bought at the organization.
According to records the 10 News Investigators obtained from the United State Department Agricultural, up until 10 years ago cat after cat at the sanctuary was either bought by or born at Big Cat Rescue.
We asked Schreibvogel why someone would buy cats or breed cats and then tell people they were rescuing them?
“Well it’s a multimillion dollar business to have a so-called ‘save things’ and it tugs on heartstrings from people all over the world,” says Schreibvogel.
Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin wouldn’t talk to us on camera, but her own video admits she did start out doing just that.
“[At the time] It made perfect sense to me that these animals needed to be bred,” says Baskin.
Baskin adds she saw the light and hasn’t bought or bred an animal in 10 years, but it was not entirely bad that she did it.
“We know from the inside out why those people are doing what they are doing.”
Big Cat Rescue says it is transparent, yet they refused to be evaluated by the Better Business Bureau standard for charity accountability.
“When you first go [to Big Cat Rescue], you’re so excited. You’re going to get up close and personal with these magnificent animals and you really aren’t paying attention to what is going on,” says former volunteer Deborah Sandlin.
Sandlin at first thought the CEO was committed to rescuing abused cats, but she changed her opinion the longer she worked there.
“In fact, she was a private owner who found a way to get the public to finance her collection,” says Sandlin.
Big Cat rescue has also had some run-ins with the USDA. The facility was cited in September 2010 and again in March of 2011 for having “either limbs or materials in the fenced-in area that would make it easy for an animal to climb and jump over the fence.” Remember, BRC has 25,000 visitors a year.
The USDA also said “the fence wasn’t constructed to protect the animals from unauthorized people getting to them.”
Critics say Baskin, who they call a master marketer, exaggerates what the organization is doing, how she acquired the cats, and the condition they were in when she brought them to Big Cat Rescue. They say Baskin is routinely trapped in her own lies.
For example, Baskin once described on video how a tiger cub named Shere Kan was raised.
“He was bottle raised in a loving and nurturing home,” Baskin is heard saying on the video.
But her website stated just the opposite:
He never got the vitamins and exercise he needed as a growing cub, so his back legs were badly underdeveloped. He was very sick for a long time and suffered major problems from calcium deficiency. X-rays showed that his baby canine teeth were rotting in their sockets from his malnourishment and they had to be excised because they had rotted through his face.
“I think she believes what she says, she does,” says Sandlin.
In an e-mail the 10 News Investigators obtained, Baskin realized she was being hypocritical staging a cat rescue at some substandard facility for a TV show. However, she decided it was worthwhile, because of the national exposure it would give Big Cat Rescue.
“When you are truly in this for animals, it eats you up,” says Schreibvogel.
Schreibvogel is talking about the more than 100 cats that have died after coming to the sanctuary. Big Cat Rescue points out it has been in existence since the early 1990s and cats don’t have unlimited life spans.
Baskin’s records show at least two died after their stomachs twisted from eating hay. Some have died from asthenia and there have been several cancer deaths.
Baskin thinks her critics are jealous of her success. It’s clear the organization has gone through major growing pains and brings in huge donations from those who believe what Baskin says and don’t believe what her critics say.
We have gotten a lot of reaction from our investigation on Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and there has been some confusion by some. To be clear, this story is about Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and not about Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota, Fl.

http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/212996/250/10-News-Investigators-raise-questions-about-Big-Cat-Rescue

Truck Stop Tiger

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, louisiana, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 01/10/2011 at 5:38 AM
Animal Life Site
Deb Duxbury
BellaOnline’s Animal Life Editor

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Truck Stop Tiger

In December 2010, the state of Louisiana renewed an owner’s permit allowing a caged tiger to be kept in a truck stop parking lot. In April 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to have the permit removed as it violates state and local ordinances put in place to protect both people and wild animals from these types of situations. Let us break this issue down into a rudimentary point, counterpoint perspective, and see if clarity of common sense will emerge.

The Merits of Marketing:

Point:
The Tiger Truck Stop has built their business of filling truckers’ tanks and bellies around a caged tiger kept in their parking lot. Their sales pitch, as stated on their website, “ANYBODY can go to Louisiana and see an alligator! You can tell your friends you saw a TIGER!”

Counterpoint:
America is a big place. Alligators are only found in the southeastern parts of the country. The chances are tourists who are interested in animal exploration in Louisiana, are actually looking for gators and not a lone tiger.

The thrill of going out on a swamp boat; wind whipping through your hair as you bounce up and down in your seat; eyes stealing for a glimpse of nature’s murky predator. Suddenly, you happen across a wild alligator and fumble to get an in-focus picture of a flailing tail and snapping jaw. This heart pounding experience is exclusive to a select few states in America, Louisiana being one. Whereas, you can go to any zoo anywhere in America and see a caged tiger, sitting, pacing, and yawning, it is anticlimactic by comparison.

What is most perplexing about their sales pitch is that it is not even remotely aimed at their target audience – truckers. If this truck stop put up a sales campaign for longer showers at a lower cost or free polish with every truck wash they would fill the gas pumps, store, and restaurant toot sweet. Truckers would be passing the information along like a hot ticket item to any trucker heading toward the area. It is how that particular marketing network works.

Seeing a tiger has nothing to do with helping out a trucker’s bottom line. Therefore, there is no reason to pass along the truck stop information. Turning this entire scheme into ineffective costly marketing that leaves the owners pleading for donations and pining for negative media attention to capture the sympathy dollar.

The rights of a concerned community and nation:

Point:
The truck stop claims animal rights activists are harassing them. Further stating, they have the right to private ownership of wild animals.

Counterpoint:
You are a truck stop and are therefore a public domain with public responsibilities.

Humanitarian responsibilities:

Point:
The truck stop has started a petition to keep the tiger at the truck stop. Those supporting the petition did so mainly out of concern for the tiger and not the permit holders. They point out that the tiger has been held captive his entire life. Therefore, it would be cruel to subject him to having to adapt to a life out in the wild.

Counterpoint:
It is unfortunate that the permit holders have permanently altered this tiger’s existence. However, nobody is saying drop the animal into the wild. There are a multitude of conservation programs prepared to offer him a more natural way of life in an environment better suited to him. Rather than a life confined to a small, barren, cage. The permit holders are aware of the options.

What is being said is free the animal from his indentured servitude. Release him to one of the conservation parks where he will have a life free from gawking, taunting, having items thrown at him, never-ending petrol fumes and noise, and no space. That should be wanted for any truly loved “family pet.”

This is where a constituency looks to its government for clarity of direction and leadership. It behooves Louisiana to enforce animal and social welfare mandates, particularly in the wake of 600,000 dead animals from the Katrina fallout. Farm animals reared for slaughter have the benefit of stricter governmental guidelines for quality of life than this endangered beauty. The Federal Endangered Species Act and the Federal Lacey Act protects endangered animals from any activity that may be detrimental to the species, whether its origin is foreign or domestic. The fact that tigers are not indigenous to America should not hinder this animal from receiving those protections.

Man’s attempt to domesticate the big cat will not put an end to their endangerment; only hasten their extinction.

For those interested in compelling the state of Louisiana to retract this permit, sign the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Petition.

 
 
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art16533.asp 

Truck Stop Tiger And The Law

In "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger, truck stop on 01/10/2011 at 5:30 AM

Truck Stop Tiger And The Law

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27858.asp
The animal activist community let out a reserved sigh in May 2011 when the Louisiana government decided to uphold the law. Louisiana mandated that the Truck Stop Tiger service station surrender “Tony” the 11-foot (335cm), 500lb (227kg) tiger to a conservation park and intended to revoke the permit of ownership. However, in June 2011 Michael Sandlin, the permit holder, filed a Petition for Intervention and brought forth evidence to prove that the tiger kept in the parking lot is the result of inbreeding and therefore is considered a generic tiger in the eyes of the law.

Generic tigers are considered outside of the protection of the Endangered Species Act because tigers in the wild do not normally inbreed their species. This loophole is being challenged by animal welfare organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in an effort to get it closed so that these tigers are protected. The reasoning is based on the issue that tigers are not indigenous to the United States and the proliferation of inbred generic tigers is a direct result of humankind’s interference with the continued preservation of an endangered animal, which is in direct contravention to the Endangered Species Act.

The number of caged inbred tigers is estimated at 10,000, which surpasses the estimated global wild population of 7,500 tigers. The tragic reality remains that generic inbred tigers deal with so many prevalent medical conditions that this tiger population could not replace tigers found in the wild should the animal become extinct, rendering the intention of the Endangered Species Act inert from failure to protect and preserve the endangered tiger species.

The overpopulation of generic tigers is a problem that is quickly facing challenges similar to that of domesticated animal shelters, only on a much larger scale. The permit holder, has openly vilified wildlife rescue organizations for being sub par in their ability to effectively care for displaced wild animals and is quick to offer his opinion that animal regulations exist to protect humans from animals and not the other way around. However, he neglects to address the issue of why organizations like the Big Cat Rescue are necessary in the first place. He also fails to acknowledge that such programs have required standards that must be maintained to remain active, whereas a gas station does not have the same obligations.

If people left wildlife where it belonged and did not constantly usurp the law, there would be little need for such programs. These organizations face the challenge of creating reasonable space that keeps pace with the deliberate and irresponsible breeding rates of generic tigers, in addition to other displaced wild cats.

Truck Stop Tiger History:

The permit holder purchased four tigers from a breeding farm in Texas for the purpose of offering a tourist attraction at his business. He purchased a brother and a sister, “Toby” and “Rainbow” and two of their inbred offspring, “Sophia” and “Tony.” “Sophia” was a white tiger who was slated to be “Tony’s” breeding partner until she passed away from complications at 4 years of age.

In an attempt to replace the white tiger, forced inbreeding between brother and sister and mother and son produced 13 cubs without success. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) advised the permit holder to turn over the tigers to the Tiger Haven conservation facility in Tennessee. He complied with the exception of “Tony.”

The Life of “Tony” the Truck Stop Tiger:

The tiger lives in a reinforced cage that altogether totals 40 feet x 80 feet (12.16m x 24.32m), which is about the size of an average dining room and is located 300 feet (91.44m) from the gas pump island, which is approximately five semi-truck lengths in distance. His diet consists of 15 lbs (6.8kg) of meat each day, except Sundays, and an automatic water bowl.

The gas station is located directly off the highway and is open 24 hours each day. This makes the standard environment for this tiger to consist of gas fumes, truck airbrakes, highway traffic, and debris. The tiger lives primarily off sympathy donations that are typically generated by negative media attention. The most recent donations went towards painting his cage the Louisiana State University colors of purple and gold.

ALDF goes back to court in October and November 2011 on the tiger’s behalf. The contention is that the gas station is a public business that dispenses petrol and is not designated as a zoo, carnival, conservation, or breeding farm. Therefore, there is not a general expectation of awareness from customers. Even though the local law enforcement has a general escape plan on file there is no way to effectively prepare random consumers from an attack in the event of an escape.

Public pressure is likely to play a strong role in the outcome of this case. If court proceedings fail, the permit will be renewed in December 2011. The Louisiana government once saw the legal merit in removing the tiger from the truck stop and revoking the permit of ownership. ALDF is hopeful that they will see it again and remove the tiger to an environment better suited to meet his needs.

For those interested in lending their voice in support of ALDF’s efforts please sign the Release The Truck Stop Tiger Initiative.

Animal Life Site
BY:Deb Duxbury
BellaOnline’s Animal Life Editor

Tony’s History & Issues

In "corruption", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, exotic, LDWF, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 28/09/2011 at 2:46 AM
Tony’s History

Tony was born at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, in 2000, residing with three other tigers who were confiscated from the facility in 2003, leaving Tony as the lone remaining tiger.

~Issues

~Improper veterinary care

~Lack of space

~Multiple USDA citations to the facility
~Hard, concrete substrata

~Stereotypic behavior

~Rust

~Inadequate enrichment

~Improper nutrition

~Exposure to extreme temperatures

~Improper environment


*Tony is surrounded 24/7 by gasoline fumes, roaring truck engines, and noise from the nearby freeway.

One World Conservation supports the campaign to revoke the exhibitors permit of Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner.

PUT MOUSE ON TONY’S PICTURE THEN CLICK ON ARROW: http://www.oneworldc.org/campaigns#!__campaigns


Breawna’s YOUTUBE Page

In "animal advocate", "breawna smith", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "tiger truck stop", "Tony's Journey", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, Tony, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 21/09/2011 at 3:10 PM
~NEW VIDEO POSTED ON HER PAGE~

http://www.youtube.com/user/LOVEBIGCATS2011?feature=mhee

Tony The Truck Stop Tiger Playlist

In "tiger truck stop", A.E.L.L.A., ALDF, LDWF, louisiana, michael sandlin, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 21/09/2011 at 2:28 PM

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