This News From One Year Ago Today:
November 2, 2011: Great news from Baton Rouge, where Judge Michael Caldwell has ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Louisiana taxpayers in our lawsuit to free Tony the Tiger from the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.
Judge Caldwell agreed with ALDF’s argument that the permit that allows Sandlin to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The judge ordered the Department to revoke the current permit and prohibited it from issuing any new permits to the Truck Stop. “We are thrilled that the court made the right decision,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure Tony’s next home is a reputable, accredited sanctuary that can give Tony the life he deserves.”
We would like nothing more than for Tony to go to an accredited sanctuary immediately. Unfortunately, the legal system does not always move as quickly as we would like it to, but rest assured we are doing everything we can to get Tony out as soon as possible. The Tiger Truck Stop and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have filed post-trial motions which must be resolved before the clock starts running on an appeal.
Excerpt From ALDF: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1859
Note from ALDF May 14 2012:
Although we would love to have Tony moved to a sanctuary while the case is pending, there is no legal mechanism for doing so. The judge in our first case could only order the permit revoked; what happened after the permit was revoked was up to the Department. That’s why we filed our second lawsuit: to force the Department to take action. The judge in that case ruled that the courts cannot order an agency to institute prosecutions or enforcement actions such as seizing Tony and moving him to a sanctuary; the judge believed he did not have the authority to order Tony’s removal or Michael Sandlin’s prosecution.
Nearly three months have passed since the last court hearing on August 6, 2012 without a decision. Tony is being kept at the truck stop without a permit, i.e. illegally. In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell agreed with The Animal Legal Defense Fund (representing Tony) and their argument that the permit that allows his owner to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. On May 6th, 2011 Judge Caldwell granted a permanent injunction blocking LDWF from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner, and on November 2, 2011 he again prohibited the LDWF from issuing any new permits to the truck stop and ordered the current permit revoked.
While we continue to wait, more importantly – so does Tony, and the best thing we can do is remain positive and supportive of him. Keeping Tony’s story networked so people know he is still at the truck stop is vital. While this is repetitive, please continue to share his petition, sign if you have not already, and share links for Tony on Facebook and Twitter. When any updates are available they will be posted.
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Keep Tony’s story active on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Links 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/
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Thanks again to everyone for your advocacy on behalf of Tony and your dedication to giving him the home he deserves.