RE: SB 250 ~ Watch Louisiana State Senate in Session   Leave a comment

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Just For Your Information:

You can watch Louisiana State Senate in session NOW here:

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/av.aspx?roomid=8

Click on “Chamber” on the right hand side.

Digest of bills here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Agenda.aspx?m=15838

Update on SB 250 ~ April 23, 2014   Leave a comment

sb 250UPDATE on SB 250:

Current Status:  Subject to call – Senate final passage - Scheduled for 4/23/14

You can track the bill here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

Please continue to speak out AGAINST SB 250. A list of actions for both Louisiana residents and non-residents can be found here:

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

It’s especially important for LOUISIANA residents to call their Senators and ask them to Vote NO on SB 250 to keep Louisiana’s Big Cat Law Strong!

Please take a few minutes to speak out for Tony AGAINST this bill which would “water-down” Louisiana’s Big Cat Law!

Truck Stop Tiger Could Be Denied Legal Protections with New Louisiana Bill via @ALDF   Leave a comment

TONYThe following posted today from the Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Posted on April 22, 2014

Special Exemption Would Keep Tiger at Gross Tete Truck Stop; Advocates Urge Immediate Action

For immediate release:

Contact:
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF

BATON ROUGE — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is calling on the Louisiana state legislature today to defend existing protections for tigers, in light of a bill that could undo every victory made by the organization on Tony the tiger’s behalf. On April 9th, with less than one day’s notice, the Louisiana Senate Committee on Natural Resources rushed through approval of “SB 250.” SB 250 undermines a 2006 state law that bans private ownership of tigers and other large exotic cats by exempting “certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules.” The bill is an attempt to retroactively remove Tony’s protection under the 2006 law, and allow Michael Sandlin to retain possession of Tony—a 14 year old Siberian Bengal tiger confined at Grosse Tete’sTiger Truck Stop by Sandlin in violation of the state ban. The Senate is expected to debate the measure today.

Sandlin has been in illegal possession of Tony the tiger since 2000, displaying him in a cage at the Gross Tete truckstop where he is subjected to harmful fumes and excessive noise. In 2011, ALDF sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing Sandlin a permit to keep and exhibit Tony. ALDF was joined in the suit by several Louisiana taxpayers, including former Rep. Warren Triche, Jr, the sponsor of the 2006 ban, and has been receiving pro bono assistance from the law firm Baker Donelson. In April 2013, the Court of Appeal held that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop were ineligible for a big cat permit and could no longer keep Tony. In October 2013, the Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Sandlin’s petition and let that decision stand.Triche explained, “Tony’s situation played a principal role in passing the 2006 bill, as he was a perfect example of why such legislation was needed.”

“ALDF’s Court of Appeals victory to help protect Tony the tiger still stands, yet Sandlin continues to try to undermine the law, year after year,” said Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.“This bill was deviously snuck in the back door, with no notice, and is one more attempt from Sandlin to say he is not accountable by law and should receive special favors—Tony deserves the court to uphold the law.”

Copies of the lawsuit and photographs of Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop are available upon request.

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/truck-stop-tiger-could-be-denied-legal-protections-with-new-louisiana-bill/

Tiger tale back in lege via @The_Gambit   Leave a comment

The following posted at: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/tiger-tale-back-in-lege/Content?oid=2423211

Bill aims to keep ‘Tony’ at Tiger Truck Stop

  State Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, has introduced Senate Bill 250 to exempt certain big-cat owners from a state law banning exotic pet ownership. In essence, the law would only apply to Michael Sandlin, the owner of Tony, a 13-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger that has been kept at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete outside Baton Rouge for more than a decade.

The bill passed the Senate’s Committee on Natural Resources April 15. The committee amended the bill to remove an exemption for people who hold a USDA Class C exhibitor’s license, a license which Sandlin possesses.

If made law, Ward’s bill would grandfather permits for “persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.” There is an ongoing lawsuit and debate, however, over whether Sandlin has complied with state and municipal laws of exotic pet ownership.

The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Sandlin’s petition last October to review the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that Tony can’t live at the truck stop. In 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing a permit to Sandlin to keep Tony.

In April 2013, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal held that Sandlin can’t keep Tony, nor can he keep a permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

A Change.org petition requesting Ward to pull the bill has gathered more than 3,700 signatures as of press time.

Latest Update On SB 250 ~ April 22, 2014   Leave a comment

Current Status of SB 250 and more information on the bill posted here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

Subject to call – Senate final passage  -  Scheduled TODAY – Tuesday 4/22/14

Please continue to speak out AGAINST SB 250. A list of actions for both Louisiana residents and non-residents can be found here: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

It’s especially important for LOUISIANA residents to call their Senators and ask them to Vote NO on SB 250 to keep Louisiana’s Big Cat Law Strong!

Please take a few minutes to speak out for Tony AGAINST this bill which would “water-down” Louisiana’s Big Cat Law!

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Louisiana Residents! Easy Contact Form To Speak Out Against SB 250!   Leave a comment

The following post via peta. Please visit https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5417 for contact form. This action is for LOUISIANA RESIDENTS!

Captive tigers need your help–take action today!

caged tiger
© Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

To appease Michael Sandlin, whose captivity of Tony the tiger was declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeal, the Louisiana Senate is currently considering a bill that would expand exemptions to the state’s ban on private possession of big cats.

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other large cats. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. The new bill, Senate Bill (S.B.) 250, would create a retroactive exemption, expanding the ways in which people could possess big cats in the state. Exemptions to the ban on big-cat ownership waste the state’s resources simply to accommodate those who want to confine wild animals.

This terrible exemption bill could be heard on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday!* Now is the time to call your state senator and tell him or her that you don’t support exemptions to animal protection laws.

Pick up the phone now! Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your state senator. You can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents, and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like for you to vote against S.B. 250.”

After you call, please send a follow-up message using the form below and again ask your senator to vote against S.B. 250.

Please help us oppose this blatant attempt to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. Tell lawmakers to keep Louisiana’s big-cat law strong instead of watering it down with more exemptions.

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5417

*Bill is “pending Senate final passage on MONDAY 4/21/2014″

Update on SB 250   Leave a comment

Jupdate 2ust a quick update on SB 250: It is “Pending Senate final passage – Scheduled for MONDAY – 4/21/14″

  • CONTINUE to TAKE ACTION by CONTACTING Louisiana State Senators and asking them to VOTE NO on SB 250!

It’s especially important for LOUISIANA residents to call their Senators and ask them to Vote NO on SB 250 to keep Louisiana’s Big Cat Law Strong!

Please take a few minutes to speak out for Tony AGAINST this bill which would “water-down” Louisiana’s Big Cat Law!

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