For Tony: Important Actions To Take!   Leave a comment

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries granted their permit to Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop, on December 14th, 2009. This is an annual permit and up for renewal soon. It is very important to contact the individuals and agencies in this note and tell them you object to the permit’s renewal and are concerned for the health and welfare of Tony. Time is crucial, there are only 2 months left before this permit must be renewed.

Email and postal addresses as well as phone and fax numbers are provided.

It’s suggested that e-mails be sent to each address individually rather than multiple recipients.

Tony has suffered for 10 years at the truck stop. The lack of concern and compassion for Tony has clearly been shown:

In a news article it was stated: “Sandlin said he will consider moving Tony to an animal sanctuary only when the 10-year-old tiger gets too old or too sick to be exhibited.”

The LDWF stated in August 2009: ”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.” This statement was misleading as months later they granted the permit to Mr. Sandlin, which is now up for renewal.

The Iberville Parish Council amended their 1993 ordinance prohibiting private ownership of such exotic animals as tigers to allow one individual to continue his “display” of animal exploitation.

Tony represents one of thousands of privately owned tigers in the United States whose numbers are greater than tigers in the wild.  Captive U.S. tigers are used in roadside zoos/attractions, entertainment shows, bred for profit or are owned as “pets.” This is a serious situation that must be stopped and the more this issue is brought to light, the better the chance to put an end to this abuse and exploitation.

Everyday, for 10 years, Tony has been exposed to the detrimental elements of the truck stop. Accredited sanctuaries are willing to give Tony the home and care he needs and deserves. With the average life span of captive tigers 15 to 20 years, 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.

Tony’s Facebook page has a great number of members, and it’s so important to be active and participate in the efforts to help Tony. His petition, started in July 2010, has 6,000 plus signatures and its goal is 10,000. If you haven’t done so already, please sign it and share link. Thanks to all who have signed; continue to share it as well.

Take action on this note for Tony. Let the LDWF and elected officials know you oppose the renewal of this permit and that Tony be relocated to a sanctuary.

Your support and your commitment to these efforts are vital and greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Louisiana Residents: It’s very important for your elected officials, the LDWF etc. to hear from their own constituents. So please take the time to write, email or call them to let them know a tiger used as a roadside attraction in your state  is unacceptable.

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  


Fred Kimmel (Ms. Davidson’s supervisor)
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808  

Phone: (225) 765-2355  


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  




web e-mail form:  

FaceBook page:  


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:  

Governor Jindal’s FaceBook Page:  


Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu  

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Capitol Annex Building
1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802  


P.O. Box 44243
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-424  

Phone: (225) 342-7009
Fax: (225) 342-1949  


online e-mail contact form:  


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


More Information:

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  



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  




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:  


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:

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:  

FaceBook page:  


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  


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  


Edward “Lucky” Songy
Chief Administrative Officer
58050 Meriam Street
P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389  


Mayor of Grosse Tete

Mayor Michael Chauffe
P. O. Box 98
18125 Willow Street
Grosse Tete, LA 70740  

Phone: (225) 648-2131


Posted October 16, 2010 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

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