Urgent Action via The Animal Legal Defense Fund!   Leave a comment

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Tony, a majestic Siberian-Bengal tiger, spent 17 years in a cage as a roadside attraction in the parking lot of a Louisiana gas station called the Tiger Truck Stop.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed multiple lawsuits in an effort to get Tony moved to a sanctuary. But Tony died while still trapped at the Tiger Truck Stop before these cases were resolved.

Michael Sandlin, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, has made a business of exploiting tigers like Tony for decades. He was cited for violating the Animal Welfare Act by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) repeatedly — and was forced to give up all of the tigers in his custody except one: Tony. We hoped Tony would be the last — but Sandlin is attempting to obtain more tigers — and we need your help to stop him.

Please sign our petition now demanding that Michael Sandlin give up his efforts to obtain another tiger.

https://act.aldf.org/page/6167/petition

A truck stop is no place for a tiger. In the wild, these animals range over hundreds of miles, living in a diverse range of habitats that include grasslands and tropical forests. And though most can’t be returned to the wild after captivity, they deserve to live in sanctuaries that provide extensive space, a natural setting, and the enrichment they need to stay healthy.

Sign our Petition

It is clear that the Tiger Truck Stop cannot provide an adequate home for a tiger. Don’t let another tiger suffer like Tony did. Can I count on you to add your voice to this important fight?

Sign our petition today and tell Sandlin that a truck stop is no place for a tiger!

https://act.aldf.org/page/6167/petition

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ROAR for ALDF!   Leave a comment

In Honor & Memory of Tony, we’ve joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s social media ambassador program ROAR!

Remote Online Advocacy Representatives (ROAR) are online partners who help ALDF network important animal issues. It’s a great way to support ALDF and the important work they do for animals.

We’re ROARING from our Twitter account @FreeTonyTiger

Learn more and join here: http://aldf.org/the-roar-program/

 

“I Am NOT Property!”   Leave a comment

We’re supporting our very good friends Animal Legal Defense Fund and their “I Am Not Property” Campaign.

Visit aldf.org/iamnotproperty for more info and to join.

Tony’s captor, Michael Sandlin, considered Tony his property.

Michael Sandlin: “They tried to take Tony away from me without compensation…that’s that’s property rights, I mean you know, he was my, he really was my legally obtained PROPERTY.”

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Baton Rouge judge to rule on state’s big cat ban as Grosse Tete truck stop pushes for new tiger   Leave a comment

by Joe Gyan, Jr.
April 17, 2018

A state judge said Tuesday she’ll rule on the legality of Louisiana’s big cat ban after hearing arguments from attorneys for the state, an animal rights group and an Iberville Parish truck stop owner who wants to house another tiger at the facility in the wake of Tony the tiger’s death there last fall.

The 2006 state law bans private ownership of large and exotic cats, but Tony — who was euthanized in October — was living at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete several years before the ban went into effect.

A measure passed during the 2014 legislative session and signed into law by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal allowed Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin to keep only Tony. The law said Sandlin could not obtain more tigers after Tony dies.

Sandlin contends the state’s 2006 big cat ban is unconstitutional; the state and the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintain it is legal.

District Judge Janice Clark, of Baton Rouge, met in her courtroom Tuesday with attorneys for the state, the ALDF and Sandlin and set up a schedule for them to deliver written and oral arguments to her.

Clark said she would issue a ruling after all arguments are presented to her. She did not set a date for the oral arguments or ruling.

ALDF lawyer Tarak Anada said outside the courtroom that the advocacy group is aligned with the state when it comes to Louisiana’s big cat ban. It forbids anyone other than colleges, sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers and scientific organizations from possessing big exotic cats.

“The big cat ban is constitutional,” he said.

Geoffrey Ormsby, one of Sandlin’s attorneys, said no one disputes the need for regulation when it comes to big cats.

“Our position is Michael is the true sanctuary. He’s the one caring for tigers,” Ormsby said after the court proceeding. “It’s not for economic reasons at all. He has a true love for these animals.”

Robert Morgan, who also represents Sandlin, said Tony was “much better off” while he lived on the truck stop grounds.

Sandlin, who was not in court Tuesday, said in a telephone interview he is waiting for a taxidermist to stuff Tony, who lived at the truck stop for 17 years, so he can be displayed at the facility. Tony’s remains were buried in a coffin, he said, but his fur was returned to Sandlin.

Sandlin said the legal battle with the ALDF to keep Tony at the truck stop was lengthy and costly, but added, “I would do it again.”

“People need to be able to experience these animals,” he said.

ALDF spokesman Matthew Liebman previously called it disrespectful that Sandlin wants to stuff and display Tony at the truck stop as a money-making “promotional prop.”

Tony, a 550-pound Bengal tiger who struggled in his later years with arthritis, was euthanized after he took a sharp decline due to kidney failure, Sandlin has said. The tiger had stopped eating and taking medication.

Sandlin has exhibited tigers at the truck stop since 1984. He has held a federal permit to keep tigers there since 1988.

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/courts/article_b9073c70-4257-11e8-90e3-836ac985d213.html

Posted April 18, 2018 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

ALDF Fights To Uphold Louisiana Big Cat Ban   Leave a comment

April 17, 2018 via ALDF: ” Today our pro bono counsel, Tarak Anada, attended a status hearing in connection to our litigation efforts to uphold the constitutionality of Louisiana’s Big Cat Ban.

Tony was a Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony. Though Tony tragically passed away last year, we are still fighting on in his memory.

Learn more here: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/


Thank You Animal Legal Defense Fund​ & Mr. Anada for fighting on in Tony’s honor to ensure no other tigers/big cats are exploited at the truck stop and the law is upheld to prevent private ownership of big cats. #FreeTonyTiger

Petition to Governor John Bel Edwards​ here:

http://action.aldf.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25299&okay=true

Posted April 18, 2018 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

Is An Animal An “Individual”?   Leave a comment

March 28, 2018: via ALDF: “Is an animal an “individual?” Today, the Animal Legal Defense Fund was in federal court arguing that they are — and therefore the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should have to expedite records requests under the Freedom of Information Act when their lives and safety are at risk. This was the case for Tony the Tiger, who was dying of renal failure, while USDA sluggishly responded to our requests for his health records.


ALDF was in court in their case under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain records on Tony from the USDA in an expedited manner. The case raises the legal question of whether Tony was an “individual” under the Freedom of Information Act.
Read more: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/animal-legal-defense-fund-sues-usda-for-denying-tony-the-tiger-is-an-individual-protected-by-foia/

ALDF’s litigation to keep Michael Sandlin from getting another tiger is also on-going.

Individuals? Absolutely. Tony was a majestic sentient being exploited for 17 years – caged as a roadside attraction at a truck stop. Tony raised global awareness to the plight of captive tigers and big cats in the United States. We (Tony’s Friends) will always be grateful to ALDF and their unwavering commitment to Tony and his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. In Tony’s honor and memory we know ALDF will keep fighting for captive tigers, big cats and all animals who deserve our protection and respect.

You can support ALDF and the important work they do here:

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15380&_ga=2.17168497.995937443.1522344168-1464308626.1522344168

Posted April 18, 2018 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

Help Big Cats Like Tony, Who Died After a Miserable Life at a Gas Station   Leave a comment

Tony the tiger was forced to spend his life in a chain-link cage at a Louisiana gas station, until he was recently euthanized because of his failing health. He was 17 years old and had spent nearly his entire life imprisoned at the truck stop. It’s too late for Tony, but it’s not too late to help other big cats who are languishing in private homes across the U.S.

Tony the tiger in cage

© Big Cat Rescue

In nature, big cats often have home ranges of hundreds of miles, where they have the opportunity to roam, swim, climb, hunt, choose their mates, and raise their young. But in private homes, they suffer in cramped cages and barren enclosures, where they’re denied everything that’s natural and important to them. Wild animals belong in the wild, and when these dangerous apex predators are confined to private homes, the consequences can be fatal, and there have been hundreds of dangerous incidents in the U.S. since 1990.

To help end the private breeding and possession of tigers and other big cats, please use the form at: https://support.peta.org/page/3654/action/1 to let your members of Congress know that you support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1818), which would bring an end to private ownership of dangerous wild cats, safeguarding both wild animals and communities across the U.S. You can check to see if your representatives are already cosponsors of this bill by clicking here. Please feel free to customize the letter, thanking them if they’re already cosponsors or asking them to sponsor it if they aren’t.

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