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The sad tale of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

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 24/05/2012 at 6:29 PM

The sad tale of Tony the \\’Truck Stop Tiger\\’ | IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare

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Here’s a report from Gina Miller, IFAW’s legal policy analyst, about a captive tiger in Louisiana:

Laws that govern the private ownership of big cats vary widely from one state to another but they do have one thing in common—they’re not enough to protect big cats in private hands. Some 10,000 to 20,000 big cats are kept captive by private owners in the U.S., and they aren’t in zoos but in backyards, basements, garages, sheds and even truck stops.

Yes, you read that correctly: It is legal to keep a tiger at a truck stop.

Tony, a 10 year old Siberian-Bengal tiger, has been kept every single day of his life at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Living at a truck stop is no life for a tiger; Tony is subjected to noise and diesel fumes from trucks and kept in a concrete cage with no adequate enrichment or escape from the elements, resulting in constant stress. Ten years of living at Tiger Truck Stop have taken a toll on Tony’s health, according to experts.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham granted a permit allowing for Tony the tiger to be exhibited at the truck stop in Louisiana. After the state permit was issued, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit arguing that LDWF violated state legislation prohibiting persons from keeping a tiger as a pet or exhibiting a tiger within the state, but those that owned big cats legally before this law was passed were able to keep their animals.

Here’s the issue: Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, didn’t legally own him because his town’s ordinance made it illegal to keep a tiger on his premises.

The good news is that Tony’s permit expired in December of 2011 and hasn’t been renewed. The bad news is Tony is still being kept at the truck stop in violation of Louisiana law because the judge ruled that the Department has discretion whether or not to enforce Louisiana’s law on big cats. This “discretion” is allowing Tony the tiger to languish at a truck stop.

But Tony will have another day in court. Tony’s owner sued the State of Louisiana claiming that the law against private ownership of big cats was unconstitutional. Advocates for Tony’s health and safety will have the chance to support Louisiana’s authority to protect the public and the welfare of animals like Tony.

There is no reason that Tony or big cats like him should be left to suffer at truck stops due to squabbles over state laws and poor enforcement. As evidenced by Tony’s plight and the tragic Zanesville massacre, a nationwide solution like the Federal Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, H.R. 4122, is needed. Please urge your U.S. Representative to support the passage H.R. 4122 and protect tigers like Tony!

Group files another truck stop tiger lawsuit | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA |

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 26/04/2012 at 4:37 PM

Group files another truck stop tiger lawsuit | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA |

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Group files another truck stop tiger lawsuit

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 26/04/2012 at 4:07 PM

Group files another truck stop tiger lawsuit

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Another Push To Free Truck stop Tiger

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Another Push To Free Truck stop Tiger

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Tiger At Grosse Tete Truck Stop In Louisiana Fought Over By Animal Rights Group

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Tiger At Grosse Tete Truck Stop In Louisiana Fought Over By Animal Rights Group

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Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Now Exhibited Without a Permit|Big Cat Rescue

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 25/04/2012 at 4:18 PM

Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Now Exhibited Without a Permit|Big Cat Rescue

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Tony’s Tale: Tony The Truck Stop Tiger

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 23/01/2012 at 12:00 AM

THE BATTLE IS REAL…ITS STILL A CAGE AT A TRUCK STOP

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 17/01/2012 at 6:16 AM

THE BATTLE IS REAL…ITS STILL A CAGE AT A TRUCK STOP

by Roar for Tony the Tiger~ Legal Battle on Friday, 30 December 2011 at 08:38

As another New Year approaches, and we have gained many new Tony supporters and have faced much new opposition from all the Private Owners of exotic animals, due to the new arrival of G. W. Exotics in Oklahoma trying to get Tony…and the new attention on this long ongoing case……we wanted to post a photo reminder as to why this battle was waged years ago and express our view on private ownership.

This photo of Tony was Taken in 2010, his cage had zero enrichment. zero. He was found to be underfed and underweight by the USDA on January 11, 2011, not so long ago, now was it. Mr. Sandlin was warned by the USDA to increase Tony’s diet. So those of us that have been here fighting for Tony to be sent to an accredited Sanctuary will never forget the photos, the sad videos on youtube from years before, the time when no one cared enough to help Tony. Regardless of your views on Private Ownership if a Tiger looked like Tony did last year, even private owners should have been outraged.

WHERE THE HECK WHERE ALL OF THE PRIVATE OWNERS BEFORE THE SPOTLIGHT TURNED ON?

DONT GET US WRONG HERE, WE APPRECIATE YOUR NEW FOUND EFFORTS THE LAST SIX MONTHS ~ TRYING TO MAKE TONY’S LIFE IN CAPTIVITY AS WONDERFUL AS IT CAN POSSIBLY BE MR SANDLIN…….BUT ITS STILL A CAGE AT A TRUCK STOP. I CHALLENGE ANYONE TO SIT THERE FOR 11 YEARS IN THAT CAGE WITH THE HUM OF A DIESEL ENGINE IN YOUR EAR FOR 24/7. HE STILL HAS NO POOL TO DIVE INTO AND SWIM, HES AFRAID OF THAT HORSE TROUGH….AND ITS STILL A TRUCK STOP. WE WONT SUPPORT TONY BEING THERE, SORRY. DAILY TAUNTING BY TOURISTS IS NO LIFE FOR A TIGER….

ONE FACT IS THIS AND WE WONT FORGET IT: TONY DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING UNTIL THE THREAT OF LOSING HIM ARRIVED AND the PRIVATE OWNERS OF EXOTICS BEFRIENDED MR. SANDLIN, AND HELPED HIM BY IMPROVING ON TONY’S DIET, ADDED IN A FEW BELLS AND WHISTLES TO THE CAGE AND NOW THEY EXPECT US TO WALK AWAY….AND JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON THAT ITS YOUR RIGHTS AS A U.S. CITIZEN TO OWN AN EXOTIC PET.

UNFORTUNATELY THE LAWS ALLOW IT, AND THE LAWS NEED UPGRADING….AS NOT EVERY PRIVATE OWNER IS PLAYING BY THE RULES AND TREATING THEIR EXOTIC PROPERLY, WHO WE KIDDING HERE.

THERE ARE MANY OF YOU AND MANY OF US. THE BATTLE IS REAL. THE PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY IS REAL. LET THE WAR WAGE ON, UNTIL ALL ANIMALS ARE FREE FROM HARM AND THE LAWS ARE CHANGED TO PROTECT THE VOICELESS, THOSE THAT RIGHT NOW ARE UNFORTUNATELY HIDDEN IN BACK YARDS, IN SMALL CAGES, ABUSED, NEGLECTED WITH NO SHELTER, NO FOOD, THE ONES WE CAN’T SEE

AND IF THE LAWS REMAIN IN PLACE SO YOU ARE ABLE TO “OWN” AN EXOTIC, MAY YOU FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO TREAT THEM WITH THE PROPER CARE, PROVIDE PROPER ENRICHMENTS AND SHELTER…AND GIVE THEM THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE FOR THEM IN CAPTIVITY, AND IF YOU CAN’T DO THAT….WE WILL FIND YOU AND BE THEIR VOICE.

MR SANDLIN MAY YOU HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO DO WHATS ALWAYS RIGHT FOR TONY.

TIGER TRUCK STOP Fact Sheet

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 17/01/2012 at 6:08 AM

TIGER TRUCK STOP  Fact Sheet  

Link to online document: http://www.911animalabuse.com/images/USDAViolations/2008Tiger_Truck_Stop_Factsheet.pdf

Other PETA reference found with respect to Tony from November 25, 2008: http://blog.peta.org/archives/2008/11/activists_knock.php

Tiger Truck Stop has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited the truck stop for unsanitary feeding practices, mishandling tigers, failure to provide veterinary care, failure to provide shelter from inclement weather, failure to provide clean drinking water, and repeatedly failing to have knowledgeable employees caring for the tigers. A tiger cub died when he was taken to a veterinarian for declawing. Tiger Truck Stop has bred and sold tiger cubs to tourists and through raffles. Tigers are kept in concrete cages as a novelty display to amuse customers. Contact PETA for documentation.

July 2, 2007:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to clean cages as often as necessary to maintain adequate sanitation.

July 26, 2006:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to maintain structurally sound cages for the tigers.

April 25, 2003:

A USDA order assessed Tiger Truck Stop a $2,500 fine and limited the facility to possessing or exhibiting no more than two exotic cats because of repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

November 12, 2002:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to correct a previously identified noncompliance of not utilizing a sufficient number of adequately trained employees.

August 15, 2002:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to correct previously identified noncompliances of not utilizing a sufficient number of adequately trained employees to care for the animals (the only caretaker’s hours had been cut and he had not received training as mandated by previous reports) and failure to provide food free of contamination and of sufficient nutritive quality. Tiger Truck Stop was also cited for improper food storage.

May 9, 2002:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to correct previous noncompliances of not maintaining structurally sound facilities, which “indicate an ongoing lack of maintenance plan,” and failure to utilize a sufficient number of adequately trained employees, which was demonstrated by a lack of veterinary care. There was only one employee assigned to care for five large cats in addition to other tasks. Tiger Truck Stop was also cited for failure to provide veterinary care to a female tiger who appeared to have “arthritis or some form of posterior paralysis” and exhibited “severe atrophy of quadriceps muscles,” as well as failure to provide food of sufficient nutritive quality and prepared in a manner to prevent contamination.

October 9, 2001:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to correct a previously identified noncompliance of mishandling tigers. The inspector wrote, “[The] [c]aretaker informed me [that the two tiger cubs] were removed … a week ago … for declawing. The first evening at the veterinarian’s, the male cub died.” Tiger Truck Stop was cited for failure to maintain facilities. The inspector wrote, “There has been no progress in repairing and/or repainting metal bars. This total neglect is resulting in rapid deterioration of [the] structural soundness of [the] entire facility and may result in future escapes.” The USDA also cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to have a sufficient number of adequately trained employees. The inspector wrote, “Over the past several inspections, I have dealt with different employees whose primary function was not animal care. [The] [m]anagement of this facility does not seem to place great store [in] or adequately reward caretakers. … [J]udg[ing] by the state of disrepair of the facility, more outside help … is required. … There is also some question as to the expertise of the employee caring for the cubs, [one of whom] died.”

July 24, 2001:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to have a program of veterinary care, for mishandling animals, for failure to maintain cages, and for improper food storage. The inspector wrote, “Two 3-week-old cubs [are] being bottle raised in [the] truck stop office. They are loose in [the] manager’s office and are being shown to customers. For their own safety and health, these cubs must be moved to a designated area which is in compliance and off limits to customers. They must also be contained to prevent [their] being walked on or otherwise injured. … By virtue of being loose, they have extreme potential of ingesting harmful agents.”

August 23, 1999:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for unsanitary feeding practices, failure to clean water receptacles with algae growth, and poor housekeeping.

November 5, 1997:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to provide shelter from inclement weather.

September 12, 1997:

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Tiger Truck Stop sold two tiger cubs for $2,500 to a couple passing through on a camping trip. One of the cubs suffered from fluid collection around the joints in her front legs, a condition linked to living on concrete.

August 9, 1996:

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, hazardous materials workers from several agencies, wearing protective gear, worked to control a leak of a hazardous and corrosive chemical called formic acid from a box trailer parked at the Tiger Truck Stop.

December 14, 1993:

According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Tiger Truck Stop was evacuated for five hours after a tanker truck ruptured, spilling 400 gallons of highly flammable aviation fuel at the truck stop.

September 14, 1993:

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Tiger Truck Stop, another truck stop, and 60 homes were evacuated after a driver reported that his trailer was smoking. The trailer was packed with drums of highly toxic sodium cyanide.

November 6, 1989:

According to the Houston Chronicle, Tiger Truck Stop was raffling off an 11-month-old, 350-pound Bengal tiger named Gloria who was living in a 16′x7′x7′ cage attached to a flatbed trailer. The entry forms, which released Tiger Truck Stop from liability, informed potential winners that they could “donate [her] to a zoo, sell [her], or give [her] to a friend” in the event that the winner did not want to keep the cub.

July 24, 2001:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to have a program of veterinary care, for mishandling animals, for failure to maintain cages, and for improper food storage. The inspector wrote, “Two 3-week-old cubs [are] being bottle raised in [the] truck stop office. They are loose in [the] manager’s office and are being shown to customers. For their own safety and health, these cubs must be moved to a designated area which is in compliance and off limits to customers. They must also be contained to prevent [their] being walked on or otherwise injured. … By virtue of being loose, they have extreme potential of ingesting harmful agents.”

August 23, 1999:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for unsanitary feeding practices, failure to clean water receptacles with algae growth, and poor housekeeping.

November 5, 1997:

The USDA cited Tiger Truck Stop for failure to provide shelter from inclement weather.

September 12, 1997:

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Tiger Truck Stop sold two tiger cubs for $2,500 to a couple passing through on a camping trip. One of the cubs suffered from fluid collection around the joints in her front legs, a condition linked to living on concrete.

August 9, 1996:

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, hazardous materials workers from several agencies, wearing protective gear, worked to control a leak of a hazardous and corrosive chemical called formic acid from a box trailer parked at the Tiger Truck Stop.

December 14, 1993:

According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Tiger Truck Stop was evacuated for five hours after a tanker truck ruptured, spilling 400 gallons of highly flammable aviation fuel at the truck stop.

September 14, 1993:

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Tiger Truck Stop, another truck stop, and 60 homes were evacuated after a driver reported that his trailer was smoking. The trailer was packed with drums of highly toxic sodium cyanide.

November 6, 1989:

According to the Houston Chronicle, Tiger Truck Stop was raffling off an 11-month-old, 350-pound Bengal tiger named Gloria who was living in a 16′x7′x7′ cage attached to a flatbed trailer. The entry forms, which released Tiger Truck Stop from liability, informed potential winners that they could “donate [her] to a zoo, sell [her], or give [her] to a friend” in the event that the winner did not want to keep the cub.

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Tiger Truck Stop Factsheet
Updated April 9, 2008
http://www.911animalabuse.com/images/USDAViolations/2008Tiger_Truck_Stop_Factsheet.pdf

Legal battle continues for Tony the Tiger

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, New Haven Animal Advocacy Examiner

Tony the tiger is a Siberian-Bengal mix that is at the center of an animal advocacy battle between the owner, who wants to continue using the animal as a tourist attraction at a Louisiana truck stop, and advocates, who are fighting to have Tony relocated to an appropriate sanctuary. Last year Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and a federal judge ruled in favor of Tony by revoking the owner’s permit to keep the animal and making Tony’s relocation to a more suitable home a reality beginning the first of the New Year.

Unfortunately, a lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of the owner where this battle will now look at the constitutionality of the earlier decision. So instead of focusing on the well-being of Tony, this matter is going to be tied up with legal jargon and red tape. If the owner wins, he will not be allowed to own any other exotic animals but Tony will be stuck at the truck stop for the rest of his life.

This is such a tragic story. If Tony was a human child there would be no controversy. The well-being of the child would be the only focus. Sadly, animals are still considered property and the decision to file this lawsuit is nothing less than a blood-sucking egotistical lawyer looking for a win. The well-being of Tony is being completely ignored!

That is why we must not stop providing a voice for Tony. Please take a moment to email or write the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (click here for contact information) and ask that they fight for Tony’s rights and well-being. Animal lovers and advocates brought this matter to light and we must not allow Tony’s hope for sanctuary to fade away.

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Carol Ann Swan has always been passionate about animals. She earned a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Environmental…