World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and also to bring attention to the importance of animals and raise awareness for them. It began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animal life and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.
We’re getting an early start on this important day to raise awareness for Tony and 5,000 – 10,000 privately owned tigers in the United States.
Please participate in World Animal Day by taking these actions for Tony and captive tigers in the United States. This post is also mirrored as a Facebook online event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=263918206981518
Petition Blitz For Tony
Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund: “The court has scheduled two new hearings in the Tony the Tiger case. On October 17th, the court will hear the State’s exceptions, which challenge the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the case. On November 2nd, the court will hear ALDF’s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit that lets Michael Sandlin confine Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.”
As of this post, Tony’s petitions have a combined total of 92,103 signatures – our goal: 100,000. Petitions are a great way to keep Tony’s story active, people supportive and also demonstrate the vast amount of supporters Tony has all over the world who want to see him relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Please sign the petitions and share them via email, Twitter and Facebook. There are easy sharing options at the links below.
ALDF Sponsored Petitions:
Care2 Sponsored Petition:
Tweet 4 Tony
Twitter has been a great networking tool for Tony; people all over the world have come to learn about and support Tony. If you have a Twitter account you can follow @FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000. Please tweet:
Roar 4 Tony @TonyTiger2000 & Captive U.S. #Tigers on @WorldAnimalDay Oct. 4 Info http://ow.ly/6E3PW #SaveTigersNow #FreeTonyNow Plz RT
Petition Blitz! Roar On To 100K Plz Sign & RT Tony’s @TonyTiger2000 Petitions http://ow.ly/6DZQW @WorldAnimalDay Oct. 4 #FreeTonyNow
More links for Tony to share:
ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony
Join Tony on Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger
Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/
Tony’s Story: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tonys-story/
Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!! (Contacts to write to at this link):
Petition Links (Collective): https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/petitions/
Tony On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger
Big Cat Rescue’s (TampaFL) Free Tony Page: http://www.freetony.com/
Act.ly / Twitter Petition: http://act.ly/36o
Comment Period Extended To Oct. 21, 2011 For Proposal on Generic Tigers!!
One of the most important actions you can take for tigers is to submit a comment to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027-14468 For more information please watch the following video courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL and visit their action alert at: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=53173501 or see this action alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801
Action Alert!! Save The Tiger! Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL
( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPJ3iR-ezg )
Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. Tony The Truck Stop Tiger represents one of the estimated 5,000* tigers privately owned in the United States whose numbers exceed tigers left in the wild. These captive U.S. tigers suffer in backyards as “pets,” in roadside zoos attractions and circuses, and are bred for profit; tiger cubs are exploited in photo ops and exhibitions, and others are condemned to canned hunts and sold on the black market.
Tigers in The U.S. Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL
( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n80OuEA2f3w )
There is no conservation value in privately breeding tigers. The only sanctioned tiger breeding program in the United States is the Species Survival Plan in which AZA accredited zoos participate. Privately breeding tigers contributes to the escalating problem of privately owned tigers in the United States.
Backyard Tigers of America Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL
( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLeXQQaBkDg )
Tiger cubs are exploited and abused in money-making ploys disguised as “educational shows.” There is nothing educational about displaying cubs in hands-on exhibitions and photo ops – but it is how individuals and pseudo-sanctuaries capitalize on the appeal of these baby tigers and other big cat cubs to lure the public into their unscrupulous schemes. Exploiting tiger cubs by allowing the public to interact with them is not educational, but dangerous and misleading, as well as harmful to the cubs. The real life horrors these cats face once they shed their “cuteness” and turn into 300 to 500 lb. predators are years of captive life in deplorable conditions. Please don’t contribute to this abuse by engaging in these exhibitions, supporting or promoting them.
Cute Tiger Cubs – Robbed from the Cradle Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL
( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cS5wINA53g )
What you can do to help tigers:
Do not patronize or support events that exploit tigers and tiger cubs (or any big cats.)
If there’s an online article about a show coming to a mall, fair, or a circus employing animal acts, comment on it voicing your concern for the animals and your opposition to such shows. Share the information via Twitter and Facebook and ask others to do the same. You can also contact the venue to tell them you do not support such exhibitions of animal cruelty and abuse. If you do see a traveling exhibit, particularly one with cubs, report it to info@BigCatRescue.org
Share links to videos and articles about tigers to network the plights they face both in captivity and the wild – some of which have been included in this post.
Support true accredited sanctuaries that provide caring proper homes for big cats such as:
Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL http://www.bigcatrescue.org
The WildCat Sanctuary http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/
WildCat Haven http://www.wildcathaven.org/
Facilities that breed, buy, sell, force their animals to perform and exhibit them off site are just profiting from these animals and should be avoided.
Such majestic and magnificent cats like tigers should be respected and protected and it is up to those of us who care about Tony and tigers like him to continue to be a strong voice for them. Thank you.*
MISSION STATEMENT – WORLD ANIMAL DAY
To celebrate animal life in all its forms
To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives.
*Some content originally posted at: http://tigerworldnews.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/tigers-need-us/