The Christmas holiday is upon us – a time to appreciate family and friends, a time to reflect upon the past year and its events and also to thank those who cared about and supported Tony. It is your dedication, participation and support that kept Tony’s story alive and caught the attention of people worldwide.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries permit renewal to Mr. Sandlin is disappointing, but it does not and will not discourage us from continuing our campaign for Tony and for the home and life he deserves at a big cat sanctuary.
Major organizations recognized Tony’s situation: a WSPA sponsored petition gathered over 40,000 signatures, The Animal Legal Defense Fund petitioned the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries objecting to the permit renewal, the World Wildlife’s Fund’s report Tigers Among US included Tony in their interactive map, change.org pushed Tony’s petition and also showcased his story and Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Florida persistently advocated for Tony and his relocation to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Carole Baskin, CEO & Founder of BCR, spoke on behalf of Tony on a major news show ”Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell” and BCR has continually networked Tony’s story, produced videos of Tony, and issued an action alert for Tony’s supporters to sign which reached key decision makers regarding the permit renewal. BCR’s offer of a permanent home for Tony at their sanctuary was refused by Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin.
It has truly been a collaborative and dedicated effort by many people that has made Tony’s story global, and hopefully, Tony has given a name and face to the serious problem of privately owned tigers in the USA.
Tony is one of thousands of privately owned tigers in the United States, whose numbers exceed tigers left in the wild. Please watch this very important video about captive U.S. tigers and sign the action alert to “End Tiger Farming In The U.S.” here: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=18701526&type=ML
While the cats at Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Florida enjoy enrichment like “presents” and Christmas trees, and have the best of care and proper homes:
Tony is condemned to a concrete and steel prison in the unhealthy and ridiculous environment of a truck stop:
You can voice your objections to the permit renewal by commenting on this article: http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/latest/112048634.html and contacting the LDWF etc. here: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/for-tony-louisiana-contact-list/ Residents of Louisiana who support Tony: it’s important for the LDWF and your elected officials to hear your objections to this permit renewal. Tell them this display of animal cruelty and exploitation is unacceptable in your state.
Never stop roaring for Tony –voice your concerns for him and objections to the permit renewal, network his story, write to the major media and anyone you feel can help Tony. More information here: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/take-action/
Tony not only has captured the interest of people around the world, but their hearts as well. Thanks to everyone for caring about this special tiger and being his voice. Let’s continue to work towards giving Tony a real home so he can roar in freedom and peace.