Shorty Awards Update!   Leave a comment

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Click the tweet button to nominate Tony!

Thanks everyone for nominating Tony and sharing the information on Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign. If you’ve voted please continue to share the info.

Voting ends February 19th 2015 at 11:59pmEST ~ So if you haven’t voted please do!

As of this post Tony is in 4th place with 142 nominations. Each Official Category will have 7 finalists. These include 3 with the most nominations from the public, 3 selected by members of the Real-Time Academy and 1 Wildcard Finalist. The Wildcard Finalist will be selected by the Nominating Board from among the top 25 nominees with the most nominations after the nominating period ends.

Ways to Nominate:

  • Click the Tweet button in the picture above
  • On Twitter: Send a tweet that starts with:

I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because…

Votes must have a reason after “because…” or they won’t count!

Note: Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings. Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.

Rules: http://shortyawards.com/rules

Watch and share Tony’s Campaign video:

ROAR for Tony & Captive Tigers!!

The Guardian: Meet Tony, the Truck Stop Mascot Dividing Louisiana   Leave a comment

Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign Video   Leave a comment

If you have a Twitter account Please Nominate Tony for a Shorty Award!

There are two ways to nominate Tony:

  • On Twitter: Send a tweet that starts with:

I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because…

Votes must have a reason after “because…” or they won’t count!

Share Tony’s video and this post, vote, and ROAR FOR TONY & CAPTIVE TIGERS!

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Smithsonian Magazine: America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It   Leave a comment

Re-posting this article from Smithsonian Magazine that mentions the importance of The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act,  (see links below to ask your Congressional reps to co-sponsor it) and features Tony’s picture and story.

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/ask-senate-protect-people-and-big-cats

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

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America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It
No one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United States
By Max Kutner
Smithsonian Magazine
February 2015

Clayton James Eller loved going to his aunt’s house in Millers Creek, North Carolina, where he got to visit Tigger, her 317-pound pet Bengal tiger. One December day in 2003, ten-year-old C.J. was shoveling snow near Tigger’s outdoor pen when the animal attacked him from an opening in the chain-link fence and dragged him under. C.J.’s uncle grabbed his rifle and shot the tiger, but the boy died before he reached the hospital.

Tiger attacks in the United States are always dramatic news—there were 27 reported between 1990 and 2006, with seven people and most of the tigers killed. But maulings aren’t the only problem arising from the perhaps surprising fact that there are more captive tigers in the U.S. than there are wild tigers on earth.

Conservationists estimate that about 3,200 wild tigers remain around the world, while there are some 5,000 tigers in captivity in the U.S., according to the World Wildlife Fund. Even that number is probably low, says Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, an animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, because reporting is “based on the honor system, and we’re dealing with a lot of people that are really dishonorable.” Edward J. Grace, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy assistant director for law enforcement, estimates that the nation is home to more than 10,000 captive tigers. Only about 350 of those, says the WWF, are held in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For the thousands of tigers in private hands, from those in big-top circuses and roadside attractions to others in backyard dens, the regulations are inconsistent at best. Six states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Alabama and West Virginia) place no restrictions on owning a tiger; 14 states require a permit; and 30 states prohibit ownership, though in some of those states people have been known to flout the law, as in the famous case of the man who kept a tiger in his apartment in Harlem.

One of the problems associated with these captive tigers, animal welfare advocates say, is that many of the creatures suffer. For example, the popular and stunningly beautiful white tigers—all descendants of a single, anomalous albino Bengal named Mohan, captured in 1951, and bred with his daughter—continue to be inbred with immediate family members to disabling effect; one frequent defect is severe strabismus, or crossed eyes, which hampers vision and coordination. Moreover, animal rescuers point out that many privately owned tigers live in deplorable conditions. Some tigers spend lifetimes in small, unsanitary enclosures. And wildlife advocates have accused tiger cub exhibitors of depriving the cats of sleep and exercise, and endangering both animals and people. One well-known captive animal is Tony the Tiger, a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal mix who has spent more than a decade in a cage at a truck stop in Louisiana. Baskin has been working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to bring Tony to her sanctuary, but not everyone thinks his owner should be forced to send him. A Facebook group called “Keep Tony Where He Is” has more than 10,000 “Likes,” and Tony’s owner has called animal rights activists terrorists.

Some advocates argue that America’s other tiger problem, to put it bluntly, is hypocrisy, at least on the world stage. In China, a booming market for tiger parts has fueled the growth of legal “tiger farms,” where the animals are raised to be slaughtered for luxury décor (a tiger pelt can run tens of thousands of dollars) and pricey tiger-bone wine (up to $135 for a half-liter bottle). U.S. conservation groups and others have criticized the tiger farms both on humane grounds and for stoking demand for tigers—including poached wild animals. But Chinese officials dispute the claim that farmed tigers threaten animals in the wild, and, in any case, Americans have little credibility on the subject, given our own large but untallied population of neglected tigers and the patchwork of weak or nonexistent protections, according to J.A. Mills, a wildlife conservationist and author of the new book Blood of the Tiger. “U.S. tigers have a direct bearing on what China does,” she says, “and what China does has a direct bearing on whether wild tigers survive.”

So some advocates are heartened that America is trying to get its regulatory act together. The Fish and Wildlife Service has long overseen buying and selling “pure” tiger subspecies (such as Bengals and Amurs) across state lines, but the agency has limited authority because most privately held tigers are mixed breeds; a 2011 move to expand the agency’s authority over all tigers is reportedly close to being approved. Even more sweeping is the proposed Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, which would formally restrict tiger ownership to facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. (A grandfather clause would allow unaccredited owners to keep their tigers as long as they register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.) The bipartisan bill was introduced in 2013 and may come up again in the new Congressional term. Some tiger owners and businesses feel the bill is overly restrictive, but proponents say it would go a long way toward closing the gap between what we say about the treatment of captive tigers and what we’re actually willing to do about it.

Direct Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/

Nominate Tony For A Shorty Award! @tonytiger2000 @shortyawards   Leave a comment

2015 shorty tonyIt’s time for the Shorty Awards again…with your great support, last year we had tremendous success (Tony was one of the finalists in the non-human category last year) with getting the word out about Tony and the plight of captive tigers in the United States.

So…if you tweet and want to help raise awareness for Tony and the est. 5,000 plus privately owned tigers in the U.S. Nominate Tony for a Shorty Award! Twitter has been a very effective platform for networking Tony’s story and the serious issue of privately owned tigers and big cats in the United States and how we can help by supporting legislation – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act – to end private ownership of these magnificent yet dangerous animals. Captive tigers suffer in roadside zoos, circuses, and traveling exhibitions; tigers cubs are bred for profit and used in photo & feeding ops, when they are no longer longer “cute” and “legal” to exploit, and turn into 300 to 500 lb. dangerous cats, they face years of captive life in roadside zoos/exhibits and pseudo-sanctuaries. Others are bred to produce more cubs, end up in canned hunts, or are killed and sold on the black market.

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people – (and tiger) – and organizations on social media. The 7 nominees with the most nominations in this category (nonhuman) will become finalists after the nomination period ends which is Feb. 19th 2015.

“The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media. They recognize the people and organizations producing great, impactful content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web. Millions of people visit the Shorty Awards site every year to support their favorite social media content creators by tweeting nominations.”

Nominate Tony:

  • On Twitter: Send a tweet that starts with:

I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because…

Votes must have a reason after “because…” or they won’t count!

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Note: Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings. Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.

Rules: http://shortyawards.com/rules

Please share this post – easy share buttons below.  Nominate Tony and help keep his plight and that of captive tigers known worldwide! Thanks!

Happy Holidays To All of Tony’s Friends   Leave a comment

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Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and THANKS for your continued support of Tony. Because of YOU our campaign and advocacy for Tony remains strong and sets such an important example against privately owned big cats in the United States.

There are many actions to take to help privately owned tigers and big cats in the U.S.  One of the most important is to support The Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act.

Here are two links to ask the Senate & the House to support this bill:

Special Thanks to our friends The Animal Legal Defense Fund who continue to fight the legal battle for Tony’s release. To keep up to date with his case and for more background information visit these links:

Timeline of Tony’s case:

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

ALDF Page For Tony:

http://www.aldf.org/tony

Thanks also to these wonderful sanctuaries and organizations for their support of Tony and for their tremendous work for animals:

Big Cat Rescue (Tampa FL)

Wildcat Sanctuary (Sandstone MN)

Wildcat Haven (Sherwood OR)

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg CO)

Born Free USA

Tony’s petition is nearing 46,000 signatures. The petition requests the LDWF to enforce Louisiana state law and ensure Tony is relocated to a reputable sanctuary. If you haven’t signed please do and continue to share.

https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

KEEP ROARING FOR TONY! Share his petition, “LIKE” his Facebook page, tweet for him and “with him”  and join Tony on Instagram @tonythetruckstoptiger. See the links below.

GET SOCIAL WITH TONY:

“LIKE”Tony on Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Tony’s Blog: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Follow Tony On Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger

http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

Tony on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/#

Tony on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tonytiger2000/

Tony On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

Wishing you peace, happiness and compassion…and as the New Year approaches we will continue our advocacy on behalf of this beautiful tiger with the respect he deserves.

TONY: Stay Strong Striped King…and to quote your Twitter words: “Merry GRRRRRistmas”

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Big Cats in Louisiana Need Your Voice via @ALDF   Leave a comment

la cats aldfReposting this Action Alert from the Animal Legal Defense Fund

Direct link to background article:

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/big-cats-in-louisiana-need-your-voice/

Direct link to TAKE ACTION:

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18918

Big Cats in Louisiana Need Your Voice

Thirteen exotic animals are being kept in squalid conditions at a pseudo-sanctuary in Louisiana and we urgently need your help. Known as “Yogie and Friends,” the Frierson, La. site is under official investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for holding three tigers, four lions, one leopard, one puma, one bobcat, and three servals — all in violation of the minimum standards of care required by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

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Just since July 2014, USDA has cited Yogie and Friends for at least twenty-one AWA violations. These include serious and repeat animal concerns, such as failing to have an adequate program of veterinary care, failing to provide adequate care to underweight animals, failing to provide veterinary care to a lion with an eye infection despite being instructed to do so, and failing to provide food that is palatable and free from contamination.

ALDF recently obtained shocking public records which document that the founder of Yogie and Friends has shot multiple lions in the head with a gun instead of having them humanely euthanized. And rather than providing a suitable and nutritious diet for the animals, the owners simply gave the big cats decomposing horse heads to eat. After being cited repeatedly for such serious AWA violations, Yogie and Friends reportedly is planning to send their cats to G.W. Exotic Animal Park — a notorious roadside zoo that currently is under official USDA investigation over the deaths of over 20 tiger cubs! G.W. also recently was served with an OSHA penalty in connection with a tiger attacking and biting off the arm of one of their employees.

Reputable sanctuaries stand ready to offer permanent, healthy homes to Yogie and Friends’ suffering animals. We need your help to make sure that the remaining cats aren’t just shot to death like the other lions, or end up in the hands of an even worse AWA violator!

Take Action!

Time is of the essence! Please join ALDF in politely urging the USDA to confiscate the 13 cats languishing at Yogie, revoke Yogie’s exhibitor license, and ensure these cats are placed in a reputable sanctuary where they will receive the care, habitats, and safety they need and deserve. Feel free to reference our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always most effective.

As you know, ALDF is committed to ensuring that Tony the Tiger and all of Louisiana’s other big cats suffering in substandard conditions are placed in reputable sanctuaries. Please pass this information along to your family, friends, and coworkers who care about tigers and other big cats! Thank you for all you do for animals!

Spread the Word!

Posted December 9, 2014 by freetonythetiger in Uncategorized

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