The following is an e-mail received from the Animal Legal Defense Fund addressing the LDWF’s permit renewal to Mr. Sandlin. The ALDF petitioned the LDWF on November 22, 2010 http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1533
Many animal welfare organizations were contacted in regard to Tony’s situation, and we are grateful to ALDF who responded and supported the efforts to relocate Tony to a big cat sanctuary.
Thank you ALDF for your support of Tony and for the time and research dedicated to Tony. As the following email states, we look forward to your continued efforts in pursuing options in Tony’s case.
Thank you so much for your concern for Tony the Tiger, and for contacting the Animal Legal Defense Fund. We were very disappointed to learn that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries granted a renewal of Michael Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony. Sandlin is the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., where Tony is kept in unnatural confinement and is subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24 hours a day.
In November, ALDF filed a petition with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, arguing that Sandlin’s permit is in violation of state and local ordinances. Rest assured that ALDF is continuing to investigate our legal options with regards to Tony’s case. Sign up for enews updates from ALDF: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/signUp.jsp?key=16238049&Email to stay tuned on our ongoing work to free Tony.
Thank you for all you do for animals.