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Tony the Truck Stop Tiger still waiting

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Tony the Truck Stop

Tiger still waiting

Bonnie Snider's photo

Animal Advocacy Examiner

December 10, 2011 – Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.
Tony still waiting in his prison
Courtesy of ©Mary Haik

Back on November 3rd, the article was published about the huge victory for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger.  The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ADLF) in concert with advocates for Tony had succeeded in getting a court decision that the permit to keep Tony imprisoned was unlawfully issued and would be revoked, with no new permits ever being issued.  You can read that story here.

Sadly, the good news has been short-lived.  On November 30th, Tony’s guardian and owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, Michael Sandlin, has filed an appeal of the decision.  Also, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries filed papers regarding the decision that stated they were responsible for the costs.

All of this legal wrangling means that Tony stays right where he is.  This is even in the face of the fact that the current permit expires this month, regardless of the court decision.

Tony is an 11-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been used as nothing more than an attraction at the truck stop, living in an enclosure where he is taunted by tourists and breathes the gas and diesel fumes constantly.  The fight to free Tony has gone on for years, with roadblocks being thrown up at every turn trying to keep him in this prison.  You can read Tony’s story in detail at the Free Tony the Tiger website linked below.

The youngest advocate in Tony’s campaign, 11-year-old Breawna Smith, visited Tony on November 19th and took several videos.  The video provided here courtesy of Ms. Smith is one she had created called “Tony’s Journey” and includes her narration of a poem she wrote for him.  It’s heartbreaking to see this magnificent animal reduced to this existence. You can visit her YouTube site at the link below to view all of the videos she’s taken of Tony.

Who knows how long this latest round of legal maneuvers will take, all the while as Tony waits. Even though Judge R. Michael Caldwell agreed that the permit should be revoked, which would have set Tony free, Sandlin simply won’t allow Tony to have that peaceful life.  He wants his “main attraction” to stay, bringing in the customers and of course, the income.

It appears that Tony is caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between what’s right and just, and pure and simple greed.  This magnificent animal is wasting away right before our very eyes, while the slow wheels of bureaucracy grind on.

The petition at Care2 is linked below.  While advocates believed their voices had been heard and Tony was finally to be free, such is not the case and your voices are still needed for Tony.  Please consider adding your voice to this petition for Tony.  (The petitions at Care2 normally allow for anyone from any country to sign.)

Advocates in Tony’s campaign have vowed to never give up.  As his staunchest supporter and Founder of the Free Tony the Tiger campaign, Sky Williamson’s motto says: “Until His Last Breath…” That one statement says it all.

Don’t give up Tony.  Advocates everywhere are fighting for you to finally know the peaceful life you so deserve.

Click here to sign the petition:  “Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Now, Not Later”.

Click here for Tony’s story at the Free Tony the Tiger website.

Click here for the YouTube site for lovebigcats2011 for more videos of Tony.

Click here for the ADLF website updates on Tony.

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From ALDF: Win Justice for Animals This Holiday Season

In "animal cruelty", "breawna smith", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "michael sandlin", "tiger truck stop", ALDF, LDWF, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 08/12/2011 at 2:23 PM

 

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF’s Executive Director on December 6th, 2011
For more than a decade, Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has spent every day and night at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. He paces on the hard concrete surface of his cage, unable to escape the stench of fuel and the deafening sound of diesel engines.
But Tony’s fate is about to change. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to free Tony – and we won! On November 2, East Baton Rouge District Court Judge Michael Caldwell ordered the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the current permit that allowed Tony to be kept at Tiger Truck Stop, and prohibited the agency from issuing any new permits to the truck stop.
It is because of your voice, your dedication, and your support that Tony will soon be free from the miserable, lonely conditions he’s endured day and night for the past decade. You made Tony’s freedom possible — and with your support, we can win victories for more exploited, neglected, and abused animals.

We would like nothing more than for Tony to live out his life in the comfort of an accredited sanctuary that is far better equipped to meet his basic needs and to give him the kind of life he deserves. ALDF continues to do everything we can to get Tony out of the truck stop as soon as possible, and make sure Tony’s next home is one where he can live out his life in a peaceful, natural environment, free of the fumes, toxins, and noise that have plagued his life to date.
ALDF is a relentless advocate for our clients like Tony, and we will not rest as long as any animal is being abused, neglected, or exploited. We’re able to do this because you stand by us and because you understand the role the law can play in the fight against animal cruelty.
Your support today will help ALDF win justice for more animals like Tony.
Thank you for all that you do for animals.

Posted by Animal Legal Defense Fund on December 6th, 2011

ALDF is well-aware of the allegations of horrendous conditions at G.W. Exotic Animal Park. Our attorneys are researching various legal strategies for ensuring that Tony goes to a reputable sanctuary, not a roadside zoo.
http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1891

ALDF Files Suit to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

In "breawna smith", "Free Tony The Campaign", "Free Tony The Tiger Campaign", "grosse tete", "Iberville parish", "michael sandlin", "private ownership", "Tony's Journey", ALDF, Tony The Truck Stop Tiger on 05/12/2011 at 1:54 AM

TonyUpdate
November 2, 2011:
Great news from Baton Rouge, where Judge Michael Caldwell has ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Louisiana taxpayers in our lawsuit to free Tony the Tiger from the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Read more…

September 20, 2011:
The court has scheduled two new hearings in the Tony the Tiger case. On October 17th, the court will hear the State’s exceptions, which challenge the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the case. On November 2nd, the court will hear ALDF’s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit that lets Michael Sandlin confine Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.

August 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.

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
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.

Judge Rules To Remove Tiger From Grosse Tete Truck Stop

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Owner: Every American Should
Have The Right To Own Exotic Animals

WDSU.com
updated
11/4/2011 3:16:48 PM ET2011-11-04T19:16:48

The debate over whether a tiger
can remain as an attraction at a Grosse Tete truck stop has been clawed at for
years. A state judge ruled that the Tiger Truck Stop owner could no longer keep
his tiger, Tony, at the gas station. Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner, said
thousands have come to marvel at the exotic animal on display at the truck stop.
“We’re from Florida and we were on our way to Texas and it was kind of amazing
to see a big cat here,” said Jody McGahan, a Tiger Truck Stop customer. “He’s
beautiful” “Every American should have the right to own an exotic animal of
their choice if they’re financially and morally capable of taking care of that
animal,” Sandlin said. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries gave Sandlin a
permit to keep the tiger, but a nonprofit group, the Animal Legal Defense Fund
filed a lawsuit against the agency in a bid to have the cat moved to a more
natural setting.

“They want to yank him
from the only home he’s known for the past 10 years and the people that he’s
known and send him to another cage somewhere where he won’t have that,” Sandlin
said.

The paddock the animal is kept in appears larger than some zoo
exhibits with a grassy area, a tank for the tiger to swim in, toys, shade and an
air conditioned room for Tony. The barred cage is surrounded by a barbed-wire
fence and the truck stop is staffed 24 hours, Sandlin said. Regardless, a judge
will have to decide if the attraction will be allowed to stay. “He’s beautiful.
I would miss him,” McGahan said. Sandlin hasn’t filed an appeal yet, but his
attorney said he plans to do so. The Animal Legal Defense Fund said it will
“continue to do everything we can to make sure Tony’s next home is a reputable,
accredited sanctuary that can give Tony the life he deserves.”

WAFB 9 ~ Ruling expected in truck stop tiger case

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Ruling expected in truck stop tiger case

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By MARY FOSTER
Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) – A judge has heard a new round of arguments on whether a truck stop can keep a live tiger on display as it has done for over a decade.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund had already won a ruling that said the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries could not issue a permit allowing the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA to continue exhibiting a live tiger as a roadside attraction.
The case was before state District Judge Mike Caldwell in Baton Rouge again on Wednesday.
Caldwell was expected to rule in the afternoon.
Wildlife officials said Tony is the last privately-owned big, exotic cat in the state.
The defense fund wants the tiger moved to a more natural setting to live out its life.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

“Tony’s Journey” a Tribute to Tony the Truck Stop Tiger By: Breawna Smith

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TONY GETS A PHYSICAL …OCT 27, 2011

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For Legal Reasons this was not going to be posted until after the trial but since 2 pages have already posted it- I guess there is NO reason not to share it now. Think about it – why would Sandlin get a physical for Tony right before court? Use your common sense…..

DO NOTICE HOW SHANNON THE VET DARTS TONY ON TOP OF THE
CONCRETE DEN THEREFORE HE CAN FALL OFF AND BREAK HIS NECK. WOULD IT HAVE BEEN
SO HARD TO THROW A PIECE OF MEAT DOWN ON THE FLOOR SO HE WAS NOT IN DANGER OF
FALLING????? SO IN REALITY THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF SEDATING TONY WAS THAT
THE VET DID IT IN A PLACE WHERE HE COULD HAVE FELL AND BROKE
BONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIGHT FROM THE START THE LIES BEGIN- TONY HAS ONLY HAD A VET SINCE 2008. HE NEVER HAD ONE BEFORE. 2.) AFTER ALL THE FIGHTING ABOUT SEDATION LOOK WHAT THEY DID. ★★★MESSAGE FOR JOE EXOTIC-MR. EXPERT★★★ LOOK JOE EXOTIC ONCE AGAIN YOU MADE AN A** OUT OF YOURSELF AND YOUR WORDS ARE BITING YOU IN THE A**

EXCUSE ME! YOU DO NOT “CLEAN” TEETH WITH PLIERS- YOU PULL TEETH WITH THEM. YOU GUYS REALLY THINK WE ARE A BUNCH OF REALLY DUMB PEOPLE………
THE VIDEO SAYS TONY PASSES WITH FLYING COLORS……… HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY KNOW THAT WITHOUT GETTING THE TEST RESULTS BACK??????

THIS IS WHAT JAMES PLATT POSTED: “that is one awful song! too bad you had to have this done, but it proves you were right and Tony is okay”.
beerkat88 3 days ago

THIS IS THE SAME IDIOT THAT CLAIMS THAT HE DID SO MUCH TO HELP TONY TO FREEDOM!!!!!!

 

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This “Take Action” information provides many ways you can be a voice for Tony and remain active in this campaign.

1. Sign and Share Tony’s Petitions – Petitions are a great way to keep Tony’s story active, people supportive and also demonstrate the vast amount of supporters Tony has all over the world who want to see him relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Please sign the petitions and share them via email, Twitter and Facebook. There are easy sharing options at the links below.

ALDF Sponsored Petitions:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207
http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger

Care2 Sponsored Petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/

2. Let The LDWF know your objections to the renewal of their permit and that Tony must be relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Information for the key people to contact can be found here:
Your letters, emails, and phone calls objecting to the renewal of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries permit to Tony’s owner are an important part of advocating for Tony. Please contact the following individuals and agencies. Louisiana Residents: You have a strong voice for Tony – let your elected officials know this situation is unacceptable in your state. Congress.org is a great site to find contact information – just enter your zip code in the right hand side of this link: http://www.congress.org/ to find the postal addresses and contact forms of your elected officials. If you register for free with congress.org you can also directly email your state and federal officials from the site.
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
Main Office:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 765-2800
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: Chendrick@wlf.louisiana.gov
Please also try these direct e-mail addresses for Sec. Barham – so far they have not bounced back:
rbarham@wlf.la.gov
sfalcon@wlf.la.gov
website: http://www.gov.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&cpid=16
website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/
web e-mail form: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact
FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baton-Rouge-LA/Louisiana-Department-of-Wildlife-and-Fisheries/112762357891
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ldwf
Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
P. O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
Phone: (225) 342-7015
Fax: (225) 342-7099
web e-mail form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor
Governor Jindal’s FaceBook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bobbyjindal
website: http://www.gov.state.la.us/
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Capitol Annex Building
1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Also:
P.O. Box 44243
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-424
Phone: (225) 342-7009
Fax: (225) 342-1949
e-mail: ltgov@crt.state.la.us
online e-mail contact form: http://www.ltgov.la.gov/?md=form&tmp=share_ideas
website: http://www.ltgov.la.gov/
Louisiana State Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell
Constituent Services
Street: 1885 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mail: P.O Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: 225-326-6079
Website: http://www.ag.louisiana.gov/index.aspx
More Information: http://www.ag.louisiana.gov/Article.aspx?articleID=28&catID=12
Note: Contact information for state legislature and congress representative below is for those individuals representing Grosse Tete. Please contact the state senator/representative and congressman of your district. Find out who your representatives are here: http://www.congress.org/ by entering your zip code under “Get Involved.”
State Legislators
Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr. (Louisiana State Senate – District 17)
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 94183
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 342-2040
Fax: (225) 342-0617
District Office
P.O. Box 577
Livonia, LA 70755-0577
Phone: (225) 637-3623
e-mail: lasen17@legis.state.la.us
website: http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Marionneaux/
Rep. Karen St. Germaine (House of Representatives – District 60)
Baton Rouge Office:
State Capitol,
Louisiana 70804-9062
Phone: (225) 342-6945
Fax: (225) 342-8336
Plaquemine Office:
57835 Plaquemine Street
Plaquemine, Louisiana 70764
Phone: (225) 687-2410
Fax: (225) 687-6272
e-mail: larep060@legis.state.la.us
Website: http://house.legis.state.la.us/H_Reps/members.asp?ID=60
Congress
The Honorable David Vitter
United States Senate
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1804
Phone: (202) 224-4623
Fax: (202) 228-5061
858 Convention Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 383-0331
Fax: (225) 383-0952
web e-mail form: http://vitter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
website: http://vitter.senate.gov/public/
The Honorable Mary Landrieu
United States Senate
328 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1803
Phone: (202) 224-5824
Fax: (202) 224-9735
707 Florida Street, Room 326
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 389-0395
Fax: (225) 389-0660
web e-mail form: http://landrieu.senate.gov/about/contact.cfm
website: http://landrieu.senate.gov/
Rep. Rodney Alexander (Representing Louisiana’s 5th district)
Washington, D.C. Office:
316 Cannon House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-1805
Phone: (202) 225-8490
Fax: (202) 225-5639
Alexandria Office:
1412 Center Court, Suite 402
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Phone: (318) 445-0818
Fax: (318) 445-3776
Monroe Office:
1900 Stubbs Avenue, Suite B
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Phone: (318) 322-3500
Fax: (318) 322-3577
Web e-mail form: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/webreturn/?url=http%3A%2F%2Falexander.house.gov
FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rodney-Alexander/20002702544
Webpage: http://alexander.house.gov/
Iberville Parish Council
J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
Iberville Parish President
Physical Address:
J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
Iberville Parish President’s Office
58050 Meriam Street
Plaquemine, LA 70765
Mailing Address:
J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
Iberville Parish President
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
Phone: (225) 687-5190
Fax: (225) 687-5250
e-mail: jburleigh@ibervilleparish.com
Iberville Parish President Executive Staff
Judith “Judy” L. Burleigh
Administrative Assistant
58050 Meriam Street
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
Business: (225) 687-5190
Fax: (225) 687-5250
e-mail: jburleigh@ibervilleparish.com
Edward “Lucky” Songy
Chief Administrative Officer
58050 Meriam Street
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
e-mail: esongy@ibervilleparish.com
Mayor of Grosse Tete
Mayor Michael Chauffe
P. O. Box 98
18125 Willow Street
Grosse Tete, LA 70740
Phone: (225) 648-2131

Louisiana Residents: It’s vital for your elected officials, The LDWF, etc. to hear from their own constituents. So please take the time to write, email or call to tell them a tiger used as a roadside attraction in your state is unacceptable. Contact Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with your concerns for Tony. See Information:
Please participate in these 4 actions directed at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
State your concerns for Tony’s health and welfare and ask the Governor to address this serious animal welfare issue which is allowed to continue in his state. Please keep your correspondence on point and respectful – while we all are passionate about Tony’s situation, composed and courteous letters, phone calls, etc. have a better chance of being taken seriously.

While it’s vital for all of us to participate, Louisiana residents have the opportunity to make a real impact by supporting these actions:

Call the Governor’s office: 1-225-342-7015 or 1-225-342-0991
This can be an ongoing call in – maybe if we’re consistent it’ll provoke a response.
Postal letters can be sent to:Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
P. O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
Online e-mail contact form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

Thanks again to all of Tony’s friends for never giving up on him.

3. If you go to Tiger Truck Stop to see Tony document your visit with photographs or video and email them along with your personal statement to the founder of the FREE TONY THE TIGER CAMPAIGN at FREETONYTHETIGER@GMAIL.COM AND PLEASE ALSO SEND TO ALDF Matthew Liebman mliebman@aldf.org  who is the head attorney taking care of Tony’s court case.

Your concerns for Tony’s health and welfare along with your photos should also be brought to the attention of the LDWF: Secretary Barham, Maria Davidson and Fred Kimmel. Their contact information:

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
Main Office:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 765-2800
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: Chendrick@wlf.louisiana.gov
Please also try these direct e-mail addresses for Sec. Barham – so far they have not bounced back:
rbarham@wlf.la.gov
sfalcon@wlf.la.gov
website: http://www.gov.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&cpid=16
website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/
web e-mail form: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact
FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baton-Rouge-LA/Louisiana-Department-of-Wildlife-and-Fisheries/112762357891
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ldwf
Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
P. O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
Phone: (225) 342-7015
Fax: (225) 342-7099
web e-mail form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor
Governor Jindal’s FaceBook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bobbyjindal
website: http://www.gov.state.la.us/
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Capitol Annex Building
1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Also:
P.O. Box 44243
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-424
Phone: (225) 342-7009
Fax: (225) 342-1949
e-mail: ltgov@crt.state.la.us
online e-mail contact form: http://www.ltgov.la.gov/?md=form&tmp=share_ideas
website: http://www.ltgov.la.gov/
Louisiana State Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell
Constituent Services
Street: 1885 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mail: P.O Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: 225-326-6079
Website: http://www.ag.louisiana.gov/index.aspx
More Information: http://www.ag.louisiana.gov/Article.aspx?articleID=28&catID=12
Note: Contact information for state legislature and congress representative below is for those individuals representing Grosse Tete. Please contact the state senator/representative and congressman of your district. Find out who your representatives are here: http://www.congress.org/ by entering your zip code under “Get Involved.”
State Legislators
Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr. (Louisiana State Senate – District 17)
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 94183
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 342-2040
Fax: (225) 342-0617
District Office
P.O. Box 577
Livonia, LA 70755-0577
Phone: (225) 637-3623
e-mail: lasen17@legis.state.la.us
website: http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Marionneaux/
Rep. Karen St. Germaine (House of Representatives – District 60)
Baton Rouge Office:
State Capitol,
Louisiana 70804-9062
Phone: (225) 342-6945
Fax: (225) 342-8336
Plaquemine Office:
57835 Plaquemine Street
Plaquemine, Louisiana 70764
Phone: (225) 687-2410
Fax: (225) 687-6272
e-mail: larep060@legis.state.la.us
Website: http://house.legis.state.la.us/H_Reps/members.asp?ID=60
Congress
The Honorable David Vitter
United States Senate
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1804
Phone: (202) 224-4623
Fax: (202) 228-5061
858 Convention Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 383-0331
Fax: (225) 383-0952
web e-mail form: http://vitter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
website: http://vitter.senate.gov/public/
The Honorable Mary Landrieu
United States Senate
328 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1803
Phone: (202) 224-5824
Fax: (202) 224-9735
707 Florida Street, Room 326
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 389-0395
Fax: (225) 389-0660
web e-mail form: http://landrieu.senate.gov/about/contact.cfm
website: http://landrieu.senate.gov/
Rep. Rodney Alexander (Representing Louisiana’s 5th district)
Washington, D.C. Office:
316 Cannon House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-1805
Phone: (202) 225-8490
Fax: (202) 225-5639
Alexandria Office:
1412 Center Court, Suite 402
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Phone: (318) 445-0818
Fax: (318) 445-3776
Monroe Office:
1900 Stubbs Avenue, Suite B
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Phone: (318) 322-3500
Fax: (318) 322-3577
Web e-mail form: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/webreturn/?url=http%3A%2F%2Falexander.house.gov
FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rodney-Alexander/20002702544
Webpage: http://alexander.house.gov/
Iberville Parish Council
J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
Iberville Parish President
Physical Address:
J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
Iberville Parish President’s Office
58050 Meriam Street
Plaquemine, LA 70765
Mailing Address:
J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
Iberville Parish President
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
Phone: (225) 687-5190
Fax: (225) 687-5250
e-mail: jburleigh@ibervilleparish.com
Iberville Parish President Executive Staff
Judith “Judy” L. Burleigh
Administrative Assistant
58050 Meriam Street
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
Business: (225) 687-5190
Fax: (225) 687-5250
e-mail: jburleigh@ibervilleparish.com
Edward “Lucky” Songy
Chief Administrative Officer
58050 Meriam Street
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
e-mail: esongy@ibervilleparish.com
Mayor of Grosse Tete
Mayor Michael Chauffe
P. O. Box 98
18125 Willow Street
Grosse Tete, LA 70740
Phone: (225) 648-2131
Also contact the USDA. From http://www.animalabuse.com : “Report Animal Abuse to USDA” It takes many years and many complaints to get the USDA to take action so it is important that you contact them with facts, photos, videos and information they can use.
USDA contact info at:
http://www.911animalabuse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45:report-animal-abuse-to-usda-&catid=29:info
The USDA’s Investigative and Enforcement Services http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ies/contacts.shtml
Please also try this e-mail address for USDA Secretary Vilsack: agsec@usda.gov and this e-mail for Lynn P. Bourgeois: Lynn.P.Bourgeois@aphis.usda.gov

If there are any veterinarians and experts who can attest to the detrimental effects on a tiger’s health caused by living at a truck stop provide your statements to ALDF Matthew Liebman mliebman@aldf.org who is the head attorney taking care of Tony’s court case. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO BIG CAT RESCUE THAT WILL NOT HELP TONY’S CASE.

4. Continue to network Tony’s story; share the links to his ALDF, Facebook, Youtube and WordPress pages along with the link to this post and the founders facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SWTigers

Another great way to network for Tony is to add some or all of these links to the signature block of your outgoing emails. You’ll be letting people know about Tony with each email you send.
Links For Tony:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Video For Tony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCM6QoWNd0

Tony’s Story: Animal Legal Defense Fund Files for Tony the Tiger’s Freedom http://news.change.org/stories/animal-legal-defense-fund-files-for-tony-the-tigers-freedom

Tony’s Story  

Video Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue of Tampa FL
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.

UPDATE: September 20, 2011: Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund: The court has scheduled two new hearings in the Tony the Tiger case. On October 17th, the court will hear the State’s exceptions, which challenge the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the case. On November 2nd, the court will hear ALDF’s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit that lets Michael Sandlin confine Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.
UPDATE: August 29, 2011: Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund: “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.”
UPDATE: August 15, 2011: Today’s exception hearing concerning Mr. Sandlin’s attempt to have the case dismissed has been denied. The judge will not allow the “interveners” to be party to the suit or to have the case dismissed. More info: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/victory-for-tony-aldf-update-on-today%e2%80%99s-hearing-courtesy-of-mary-haik/

UPDATE: On August 15, lawyers for ALDF will be in court in Baton Rouge to defend against Michael Sandlin’s, attempt to get the case dismissed. The Court has also 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.

UPDATE: July 18 2011: The hearing scheduled for July 22, 2011 has been postponed. More information will be posted when available.

UPDATE: June 28 2011: A hearing is now scheduled for July 22. Please continue to support Tony by signing his petitions and voicing your concern for him. Petition links and information on actions you can take for Tony: Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!!
Thank you.

UPDATE: 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.
UPDATE: June 3, 2011: Next Steps in ALDF’s Fight to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1723 A new hearing on the motion for a mandatory injunction has been set for June 14.

UPDATE: May 16, 2011 From ALDF: Answers to Your Questions About ALDF’s Win for Tony the Tiger 
http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1711 Please also see this post on how you can continue to support Tony:
Tony’s Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-TONY-the-Tiger/256505554394426
UPDATE: Victory For Tony!!! On May 6, 2011 Judge R. Michael Caldwell grants a permanent injunction which blocks The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin. More information: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1700

UPDATE: On May 5, 2011 ALDF goes to court for Tony . More info: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1699
UPDATE: On April 11, 2011 The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its Secretary Robert Barham. The lawsuit argues that the permit issued by the LDWF which allows Tony to be kept on display at the truck stop violates state and local laws. Read more at: www.aldf.org/tony There are two ALDf sponsred petitions for Tony; please sign and share the links: http://tinyurl.com/tonyaldfpetition and http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger
UPDATE: On December 14, 2010 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries renewed their permit to Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin allowing him to keep and display Tony at the truck stop. The permit renewal by no means discourages us to continue advocating for Tony and for the home and life he deserves at an accredited big cat sanctuary. For an updated list of ways you can continue being a voice for Tony. Thanks to all of Tony’s friends for you support and dedication to him – don’t ever give up the fight for this handsome tiger’s freedom

Tony’s Story

Tony is a 11 year old Siberian/Bengal tiger used as a roadside attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana. Tony is an example of the serious problem of privately owned tigers in the United States whose numbers exceed tigers left in the wild. Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has bought, sold, bred, and exhibited tigers for over 20 years. In 2003, because of violations and fines, Mr. Sandlin and the USDA made an agreement where 3 of the 4 tigers he owned, Toby, Khan and Rainbow, were sent to Tiger Haven in Kingston TN. The USDA reduced the fines and allowed Mr. Sandlin to keep one tiger, Tony.

http://www.lsureveille.com/news/tigers-find-new-home-after-suffering-neglect-1.1196294#5

The Louisiana legislature passed Act 715 in 2006 which prohibited the ownership and sale of large exotic cats, including tigers in Louisiana.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/byinst.asp?sessionid=06RS&billid=HB795&doctype=ALL

Those individuals who legally owned big cats as of August 15, 2006 were grandfathered in under this act. These owners would need to apply for an annual permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and adhere to additional restrictions and stipulations.
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/b4a2_exotic_animals_state.php?s=la

On July 20, 2007 The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries wrote to Michael Sandlin informing him of the new state rules. He was given an application to fill out and submit and was told Tony would be grandfathered in if the permit was issued.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wrote Michael Sandlin on October 22, 2008 advising him that his application had been placed on hold based upon their discovery of the 1993 Iberville ban. Part of their new rules (LAC 76: V. 115. H.13) require that the facility be in compliance with all local ordinances. It was discovered that the 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance prohibited ownership and display of exotic animals such as tigers, but the ordinance was never enforced.

Original and Amended Ordinance: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/revised-ordinance/

Because he was not in compliance with the 1993 Iberville ordinance ban on displaying wild animals, Mr. Sandlin was issued a citation form the LDW&F on November 17, 2008 and given 30 days to find a home for Tony outside the state of Louisiana. Mr. Sandlin was given until December 16, 2008 to relocate Tony.

Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit educational accredited big cat sanctuary in Tampa Florida wrote to Mr. Sandlin on November 22, 2008 and offered to take Tony and provide a permanent home for him at no cost to Mr. Sandlin. Big Cat Rescue’s offer went unanswered and they contacted Maria Davidson, Large Carnivore Project Manager at the LDW&F and offered their assistance to seize Tony.
Mr. Sandlin filed a petition for a temporary restraining order on December 15, 2008 against the LDW&F to stop them from seizing Tony. Judge J. Robin Free signed the order on December 16, 2008.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,467398,00.html
http://savethetigers62.blogspot.com/2008/12/judge-issues-order-in-tiger-case.html

December 16, 2008 Iberville Parish Council Meeting:
The issue of what to do with the tiger was not on the council’s agenda, but members agreed to let one representative from each delegation have three minutes to state their cases.
http://savethetigers62.blogspot.com/2008/12/tigers-fate-discussion-gets-unruly-in.html

December 22, 2008
A court hearing that had been set for Dec. 29 was postponed to allow the council time to consider amending a 1993 parish ordinance that bars private individuals from exhibiting dangerous, wild animals such as tigers
http://bigcatrescue.org/2008/hearing-delayed-on-truck-stop-tiger/

February 17, 2009 Iberville Parish Council Meeting
The council voted 11-1 to allow Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin, to keep Tony — a decision that directly opposes parish ordinances restricting private ownership of exotic and dangerous animals.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,495805,00.html

February 28, 2009
Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. vetoed a parish ordinance the council approved on February 17, 2009 to allow a Mr. Sandlin to continue keeping a tiger at his place of business. In his veto message, Ourso wrote that the ordinance the council passed by a vote of 11-1 was deficient because it failed to provide “for permitting conditions to ensure the safety of the general public and the health and welfare of the tiger.”
http://savethetigers62.blogspot.com/2009/02/parish-leader-vetoes-bill-to-allow.html

March 17, 2009 Iberville Parish Council Meeting
The Iberville Parish Council voted Tuesday (March 17) to allow Tony the Tiger to stay at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, but only if an upgrade of his habitat will be made.
http://www.postsouth.com/archive/x108134875/Parish-Council-outlines-conditions-for-truck-stop-to-keep-tiger

Amended Ordinance: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/revised-ordinance/

Mr. Sandlin then had to obtain a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. A statement from the LDW&F large carnivore manager Maria Davidson read: ”It is the Department’s position that private possession of tigers poses a significant hazard to public safety and is detrimental to the health of the animal. Prolonged confinement is by its nature stressful to tigers and proper long-term care by experienced persons is essential to the health of the animal.”
http://www.examiner.com/x-16570-New-Orleans-Pet-Rescue-Scene-Examiner~y2009m8d16-Followup-on-Tony-the-Tiger-in-Grosse-Tete

Contrary to this statement, on December 14, 2009, the LDW&F granted the permit to Mr. Sandlin which allows him to keep Tony on display 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the truck stop.
http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/ldwf-grants-permit-to-tiger-truck-stop-12-29-2009/

In 2010, major organizations supported Tony: a WSPA sponsored petition gathered over 40,000 signatures; on November 22, 2010 , The Animal Legal Defense Fund petitioned the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries objecting to the permit renewal. Included in the petition were expert statements testifying to the detrimental effects physically and mentally to Tony by keeping him at the truck stop. Legal issues, such as Tony being illegally owned per the 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance, were addressed as well. The World Wildlife’s Fund’s report Tigers Among US included Tony in their interactive map, change.org pushed Tony’s petition and also showcased his story and Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Florida advocated for Tony and his relocation to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Carole Baskin, CEO & Founder of BCR, spoke on behalf of Tony on ”Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell” and BCR has continually networked Tony’s story, produced videos of Tony, and issued an action alert for Tony’s supporters to sign which reached key decision makers regarding the permit renewal. BCR’s offer of a permanent home for Tony at their sanctuary was refused by Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin. Despite people worldwide objecting to the permit renewal and the support of the aforementioned organizations, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries renewed their permit on December 14, 2010, allowing Mr. Sandlin to keep and display Tony.
July 2010 marked Tony’s tenth year of life as well as ten years at the truck stop. A captive tiger’s lifespan with the proper medical care, diet, habitat and enrichment is 15 to 20 years. Tony lives amid the noise and fumes of car and trucks continually, and his primary dwelling is a concrete and steel enclosure. He has no real opportunity to run, swim and receives little enrichment. His health, safety, welfare and quality of life are of great concern to many people all over the world. Accredited big cat sanctuaries stand ready to provide a permanent home for Tony. The Free Tony The Tiger Campaign is committed to relocating Tony to such a sanctuary so he may live the rest of his years in peace and with the care and respect this magnificent cat deserves.

More links for Tony:
Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Site For Tony: www.aldf.org/tony

and the Link To This Post:

5. An easy way to contact the newspaper media about Tony can be found at: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/dbq/media/ Choose Louisiana, and then 5 newspaper contacts. Suggested newspapers: Advocate, American Press, Daily Advertiser, Shreveport Times, Times-Picayune. These are 5 of the largest newspapers (in terms of circulation) in Louisiana. Click on “compose message,” then select “compose your own letter” and click “next step.” You will then be able to write your letter about Tony to these 5 newspapers.
6. Have a Twitter account? Tweet for Tony. You never know who will pick up on Tony’s story.
7. Louisiana television media contact list: http://www.mondotimes.com/world/usa/tv.html?state=18 Major stations like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in Baton Rouge are suggested to contact.
8. Major media contact information for CNN, ABC, etc, can be found at: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111
9. Jane Velez-Mitchell featured Tony’s story on her show “Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell” on November 12, 2010 http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/from-issues-with-jane-velez-mitchell-tiger-tug-of-war/ Please contact the show and ask for a follow-up on Tony now that the LDWF issued their permit. Use this online contact form: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?106 or this E-mail: jane@cnn.com On Twitter: http://twitter.com/issueswithjvm

ALDF:
Email: info@aldf.org
Reference: http://www.aldf.org/tony
WSPA:
Email: wspa@wspausa.org
Online contact form: http://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/1976_supporter_inquiry_form.cfm
Reference: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/460/714/941/
WWF:
Online contact form: http://worldwildlife.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/worldwildlife.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
Reference: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/tigers/captive-tigers/index.html
Accredited sanctuaries are willing to give Tony the home and care he needs and deserves. It is imperative that Tony be relocated to such a sanctuary where he will have the opportunity to receive a life of peace and respect. The average life span of captive tigers who receive proper care is 15 to 20 years; for 10 years, Tony has been subjected to the detrimental elements of the truck stop, received inadequate care, and has been exploited as a roadside attraction. The lack of concern for his health and welfare is disturbing and shameful.

For Tony, please take a few minutes and participate in the above actions, and for the thousands of other privately owned tigers in the United States see this action alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801 and share this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPJ3iR-ezg

Keep Roaring for Tony and these great cats who deserve our respect, protection and our advocacy on their behalf. Thank You.

Rescheduled Hearing Date & New Video of Tony

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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…

Lies About Tony ~ BY: MICHAEL SANDLIN

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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

 

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