Appeals court overturns Tiger Truck Stop decision 8.29.2011   3 comments

Posted: Aug 29, 2011 12:38 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 2:26 PM

BATON ROUGE – An appeals court today threw out a ruling the state couldn’t issue any new large animal permits to Tiger Truck Stop, whose big cat has been the center of big controversy among animal rights groups.

The decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling from District Judge Mike Caldwell this past May. He ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit group that sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to stop issuing the permits.

The Tiger Truck Stop and its owner, Mike Sandlin, were not part of the proceedings, which is why the 1st Circuit said they overturned the motion. They also vacated Caldwell’s order for a permanent injunction and sent it back to the District Court for further proceedings.

The Truck Stop’s 550-pound tiger named “Tony” has drawn criticism from animal rights groups like the ALDF, who believe the fumes, inadequate enclosure and stream of visitors are detrimental to the tiger’s health.

A date for a new trial had not been set yet.

See The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s reply at:


Posted August 30, 2011 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Appeals court overturns Tiger Truck Stop decision 8.29.2011

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  1. I don’t get it,wasn’t it already a ruling that there wasn’t going to be any more permits issued-to anyone -to keep exotic animals,but because the wildlife and fisheries department went against their own ruling and reissued the permit to Michael Sandlin,to keep Tony a prisoner in his concrete enclosure,which has led to this debarcle between those who want Tony relocated to a sanctuary ,away from the noise,heat ,smell and being lonely away from his own kind for 10 miserable years,if Michael Sandlin really loved Tony ,he would -free him ,I think it has been reduced to his -pride and -ego.

  2. It appears that the fraternity is banding back together to oppose this most worthy position…that of stopping the captivity of wild animals, like tigers. Where is the ethic, the morality?

    Cecilie Davidson
  3. Technicalities! Our justice system is broken!

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