International Tiger Day, or Global Tiger Day – created at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 – is celebrated on July 29th. Its’ goal is to raise world awareness for wild tigers and support for their conservation. Tigers are magnificent majestic big cats who deserve our utmost respect, protection and advocacy. We would like to do our part to help promote this day by posting actions and sites to visit to learn more about wild tigers, ways we can help tigers in captivity…and to of course show our love and support for Tony ~ who has himself raised awareness to the plight of captive tigers in the U.S.
Sadly there are only an estimated 3,200 of Tony’s “cousins” remaining in the wild, a decline of 97% since the turn of the century.
Six sub-species remain: Amur, Bengal, Sumatran, Indo-Chinese, Malayan, South China (functionally extinct – has not been sighted in the wild for more than 25 years); Three are extinct: Bali, Caspian and Javan.
Poaching, human-tiger conflict, loss of habitat and prey are the main threats to tigers. Learn more about wild tigers and how we can help support efforts to save them:
“Of those people who privately own a tiger here in the US, the majority aren’t trained to care for animals in general, let alone tigers. And, unbelievable as it sounds, there is no complete record of captive tigers in America.
These tigers could be victims of wildlife crime. Without strict regulations on the private ownership of tigers, we cannot prevent them, or their bones and skins, from finding a way into the lucrative illegal international black market.” via World Wildlife Fund.
Protect tigers: Keep them out of American backyards!
CAPTIVE U.S. TIGERS
Tony is one of the estimated 5,000 or more privately owned tigers in the United States and his plight has definitely raised awareness to this serious issue. Captive U.S. tigers are used in roadside zoos and attractions, photo ops and exhibitions, entertainment shows and circuses, pseudo-sanctuaries, bred for profit or are owned as “pets.” From IFAW: “Private possession of big cats is a legal patchwork: 30 states ban private possession, 14 states allow possession with a permit, and 6 states have absolutely no restrictions on private possession at all.” ( http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/big-cat-advocates-map )
- S 1381 / HR 1998 ~ THE BIG CATS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PROTECTION ACT
One of the most important ways we can help tigers like Tony and other captive big cats in the United States is to support HR 1998 ~ The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill would prohibit the private possession and breeding of captive big cats in the United States except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed. It would only allow breeding at accredited zoos, along with some research or educational institutions.
You can take action by asking your Congress Members for their co-sponsorship and support of this bill; visit this link from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL:
- HR 4525 ~TEAPA – The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
Please also support Animal Defenders International’s campaign Stop Circus Suffering by asking your Representative to co-sponsor and support HR 4525 – TEAPA – The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. Animals suffer and are abused horrifically in circuses – this bill would end the use of exotic animals in circuses and traveling shows. Visit this link to learn more:
and take action:
THANK YOU to EVERYONE for your support and dedication to Tony. On Twitter Tony is known as “the captive tiger ambassador” because so many people around the world have come to learn about the problem of captive tigers in the United States from him and his tweets.
We support ALDF’s continued efforts to secure Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary, three of which have standing offers of a home for him:
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida ~ http://bigcatrescue.org/
The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN ~ http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/
The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg CO ~ http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/
We ask Tony’s friends to remain supportive and positive for Tony and continue to network for him:
- Tony’s change.org petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce the law remains open:
Petitions are a good medium to keep people supportive, involved as well as demonstrate the interest and support Tony has worldwide.
Note: LDWF refused to enforce state law though they had the authority to seize Tony.
LDWF’s position statement on privately ownership of tigers:
“It is the Department’s position that private possession of tigers poses a significant hazard to public safety and is detrimental to the health of the animal. Prolonged confinement is by its nature stressful to tigers and proper long-term care by experienced persons is essential to the health of the animal.”
Join ~ Follow ~ Share these social networking sites for Tony
- Follow The Animal Legal Defense Fund on Facebook, Twitter and reference their website for more information on Tony.
- If you visit Tony, document your visit with pictures and/or video and please share them. Send us a link via Twitter, on Tony’s Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thanks to Animal Legal Defense Fund for their extraordinary representation of Tony and dedication to him. Please visit their site to learn more about them and their tremendous work to help animals through the legal system and support their Animal Bill of Rights http://animalbillofrights.aldf.org/
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