Ongoing Call In To Gov. Jindal & LDWF Secretary Barham   7 comments

 

On December 2, 2010, Louisiana resident Mary Haik presented a very strong argument on behalf of Tony, his welfare and against the permit renewal to The LDWF Board of Commissioners, but they declined to take action in Tony’s case and said it falls under the authority of The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries. See Mary’s statement to LDWF Commission Board: mh ldwf meeting 12.2.2010

From The Advocate article http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/latest/111242294.html?showAll=y&c=y :

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham also said after the meeting he had not seen any evidence showing that the truck stop is breaking the law.

“Until that occurs, the truck stop is fulfilling its obligations and the permit will be renewed,” Barham said.

The LDWF, Gov. Jindal and Secretary Barham can be sure that Tony’s supporters will not give up the fight for Tony’s relocation to a proper home.

Continue to state your opposition to the permit renewal by contacting Governor Jindal and LDWF Secretary Barham. Please keep correspondence on point and respectful.

Louisiana Residents: Your support is very important – please participate.

Phone Numbers:

Governor Bobby Jindal:

1-225-342-7015 and 1-225-342-0991

Secretary Robert Barham:

1-225-765-2623

Sample Call In:

My name is __________________ and I am calling to object to the renewal of the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries permit to Mr. Michael Sandlin, owner of Tony The Truck Stop Tiger located in Grosse Tete Louisiana. I am extremely concerned for the health and welfare of Tony who has been used as a roadside attraction at the truck stop for 10 years. The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries must uphold their position on privately owned tigers by revoking this permit and relocating Tony to an accredited big cat sanctuary.

For Residents of Louisiana:

My name is ___________________ and as a resident of  (state your city)   Louisiana  I am calling to object to the renewal of the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries permit to Mr. Michael Sandlin, owner of Tony The Truck Stop Tiger located in Grosse Tete Louisiana. I am extremely concerned for the health and welfare of Tony who has been used as a roadside attraction at the truck stop for 10 years. The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries must uphold their position on privately owned tigers by revoking this permit and relocating Tony to an accredited big cat sanctuary.

For your reference this is the LDWF position statement on privately owned tigers:

”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.”

Fax Numbers:

Governor Jindal:

1-225-342-7099

Secretary Barham:

1-225-765-2607 (may not be working/recent attempts to fax did not go through)

E-mail

Governor Jindal online e-mail contact form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

Secretary Barham (LDWF) online e-mail contact form: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact

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

Twitter

Any Twitter users please network the “call in week” info out using this link:  https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/ongoing-call-in-to-gov-jindal-amp-ldwf-secretary-barham

You can find Free Tony The Tiger on Twitter: http://twitter.com/FreeTonyTiger  

The LDWF and Governor Jindal have Twitter accounts – so give them a shout and show your support for Tony.  Add the #FreeTonyTiger and @FreeTonyTiger in your tweets or retweet Tony’s posts:

http://twitter.com/ldwf @LDWF

http://twitter.com/BobbyJindal  @BobbyJindal

Postal addresses for Governor Jindal and Secretary Barham as well as other Louisiana contacts at: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/for-tony-louisiana-contact-list/

Emails, faxes, postal mail, phone calls are all appreciated. Please share this link and ask your friends and family to support Tony – and thanks again to everyone who cares about Tony and continues to advocate for him.

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Posted December 6, 2010 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

7 responses to “Ongoing Call In To Gov. Jindal & LDWF Secretary Barham

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  1. I am shocked and horrified that a tiger can be held at a truck stop in a supposed civilized country. The governor does not seem to be aware or care about what is going on in his state.
    I urge that people boycott Tony’s Truckstop ….. he used that tiger to lure people in. Even the big truckers are not pleased and have posted pictures of the tiger walking back and forth, obviously not taken care of and not in an environment where a captive tiger can have some peace.
    People from around the world are looking at Louisianna and are happy that they do not live there nor will ever visit there. A state that allows this abuse to continue for 10 years is a place where I will not visit or spend my tourist money.

    The governor needs to wake up!!

  2. This beautiful cat is from an endangered species. How can the West complain about countries like China when this Tiger is being kept in appaling conditions for the perverse amusement of passers by. Please help Free Tony the Tiger

  3. Please release Tony the Tiger. Put him in a sanctuary. Please do not let him lead this horrific existence.

  4. I am astounded that the permit has not be revoked – speechless. These people obviously have no soul, just hope they come back as a caged animal and see how they like it.

  5. You know, I think that people everywhere have a say here, both as citizens of the world and as US citizens who have contributed billions of dollars to this state after Katrina. I’ve given prayers, money and support and now I ask this one thing – that this tiger, who should never have been in this situation to begin with, be allowed to go to Big Cat Rescue and that this despicable person who did it never be allowed to own another animal of any kind.

  6. Please every one don`t stop or buy anything at this truck stop untill tiger Tony is free. Think about it, would you living your life into a cage???

    Thorsten Kassebeer
    Germany

  7. I called in and left a msg and will calll again. This tiger needs live and let live in a sanctuary and not as a $$-maker.

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