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.
Governor Bobby Jindal:
1-225-342-7015 and 1-225-342-0991
Secretary Robert Barham:
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.”
1-225-765-2607 (may not be working/recent attempts to fax did not go through)
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:
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:
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.