From Tiger Truck Stop to keep Tony through 2011   4 comments

By Deidre Cruse,
Governmental Reporter
Post South
Posted Jan 03, 2011 @ 07:40 AM
Village of Grosse Tete, La.


La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries issued a permit in recent days allowing Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin can keep his nine-year old Siberian-Bengal tiger, named Tony, on his premises in the Grosse Tete area of Iberville Parish through 2011.

Tony, who lives in a cage near Interstate 10 and Sandlin’s truck stop, has been the subject of intense controversy generated by national animal rights organizations over the last two years.

The Internet is filled with organizations demanding that Sandlin release Tony to any one of the Big Cat sanctuaries in the country, most located in Florida.

Sandlin’s tiger is the last privately owned exotic big cat in the state, and despite state legislation prohibiting ownership of potentially dangerous animals such as tigers, the truck stop owner was able to keep the animal due to a grandfather cause in the ruling. As long as Sandlin continues to cooperate with LDWLF permit rules, he can keep the tiger. The permit issued recently gives him permission to keep Tony at the truck stop through 2011 as long as he continues to follow animal healthcare and public safety procedures set forth.

The new permit has continued outrage and cries to boycott the truck stop. It has brought some national ridicule of the state and the parish for allowing the tiger to be kept at the Grosse Tete facility. However, all ordinances and state permits have been legally followed by officials and Sandlin since the original 2006 legislation.

The truck stop owner insists he has compassion for his tiger and other tigers he has owned in previous years at the facility and has given away to other shelters or animal habitats in the past. He also has said he will consider placing the tiger in an animal habitat or shelter once the animal becomes too old to manage at the truck stop.

 He said Tony is happy and is under good health supervision and is not a danger to the public.

Still, animal rights activists rage on at the keeping of the tiger in his truck stop cage, even though it has been approved and permitted by state and local officials.


Posted January 4, 2011 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

4 responses to “From Tiger Truck Stop to keep Tony through 2011

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  1. p.s. Please notify me of any updates on poor Tony’s life – and let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help his cause. Thank you.

  2. That’s just sad: over 40,000 signatures on the Care2 ‘Free Tony the Tiger’ petition alone – but no improvement for poor Tony’s life. Louisiana’s clearly a backward state run by closed-minded idiots – giving more ammo to all those haters of America’s corrupt society and hypocritical policies…
    (I’m so sorry, Tony)

  3. I have written and signed petitions before on behalf of this sad lonely Tiger and will continue to do so until he is finally set free from this smelly ,noisy concrete prison ,if the truckies and patrons of Mr. Sandlin’s boycotted his truck shop in protest ,it would eventually hurt him where it would hurt him most -in the hip pocket ,and he might come to realise Tony would be better off in the sanctuary that has been offered to him ,the very organisation that should have been fighting for Tony’s release ,betrayed him ,The Louisina Department of Fisheries ,that renewed the permit,why would they condem him to more lonely years in that prison ?they are not working for the care and welfare of animals ,that’s very obvious.

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