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Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, Louisiana Credits: Big Cat Rescue

June 19, 2011 1:45 pm ET
Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

In response to Animal Policy Examiner’s emailed request for information about the history of state permitting for Tony, a ten-year-old, 550-pound tiger exhibited at the Tiger Truck Stop on Interstate 10 in Grosse Tete, press secretary Bo Boehringer of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sent the following reply.


Responding to your inquiry, here is a brief history on the Tiger Truck Stop permitting situation.

Prior to 2006, there was no state level regulation over big exotic cats.  This allowed virtually anyone to import, possess, and exhibit big cats with little or no oversight, allowing cats to be kept in inhumane conditions without regard to the safety of the cat or the public.

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