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

Thanksgiving Day Thanks To Tony’s Friends   Leave a comment

tony brown frameOn Thanksgiving Day: Sincerest thanks to ALL of Tony’s wonderful caring friends who continue to support him and efforts to see him released to the home and life he deserves. Please know your dedication to him is appreciated.

Tony’s petition remains open and has over 45,000 signatures. Please sign if you haven’t and continue to share. This petition keeps Tony’s story networked and people updated: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Special Thanks to The Animal Legal Defense Fund for their dedication to Tony and their continuing efforts in his case.

Timeline of Tony’s case:

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

ALDF Page For Tony:

http://www.aldf.org/tony

Latest Update:

http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/11/tony_the_tiger_to_stay_put_for.html

More links for 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/

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

Concluding this post with a video from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL  of tigers Zeus and Keisha and their take on Thanksgiving and hoping Tony’s next Thanksgiving will be just as wonderful.

Posted November 27, 2014 by freetonythetiger in Uncategorized

Tony the tiger to remain at Louisiana truck stop for now after animal rights group’s lawsuit dismissed   Leave a comment

article TBy Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
November 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM, updated November 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The owner of Tiger Truck Stop scored a victory in court Monday (Nov. 17), allowing him to keep Tony, a Bengal tiger, as a roadside attraction at his gas station off Interstate 10 in Gross Tete. Tony’s fate is still unclear, however, as the tiger’s ownership is still the subject of another, ongoing court case.

Nineteenth Judicial District Court Judge William Morvant dismissed a lawsuit on Monday challenging an amendment, which the state legislature adopted at its most recent session, to a law regarding Tony the tiger. Morvant said in court that the lawsuit, which the Animal Legal Defense Fund argued on behalf of former state Rep. Warren Triche Jr., attempted to address the same issues in a still-pending lawsuit in another judge’s court.

The heart of both lawsuits, the court found, addresses the constitutionality of Louisiana’s big cat ban, a 2006 law sponsored by Triche. In the other case, Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin is challenging the constitutionality of the 2006 law in Judge Janice Clark’s court.

“You can’t have two suits about the same main issue,” Sandlin’s attorney Jennifer Treadway Nixon said outside the courtroom.

With similar cases ongoing in two courts, lawyers could be accused of “forum shopping,” to gain a favorable outcome. And in these cases, problems could arise if there’s contradicting outcomes regarding: 1) the constitutionality of the 2006 law cat ban; and 2) the constitutionality of the 2014 amendment to the 2006 cat ban.

Sandlin said the cat ban in 2006 cat ban “turned us into criminals overnight” and he’ll continue to fight to protect his property rights to Tony.

ALDF spokeswoman Carney Ann Nasser said the organization won’t halt it’s challenge of the amendment giving Sandlin a special exception. 

He maintains Tony is happy and healthy at the truck stop in his 3,200-square-foot habitat. He also argues transporting the tiger to some unknown location could possibly cause Tony distress or even threaten his life — a point disputed by those who want him released to a refuge or somewhere else.

Animal rights activists and those who want Tony taken away from the truck stop say, however, have described the habitat as a diesel-fumed cage off of noisy interstate.

ALDF in June filed the suit, which was dismissed Monday, days after Gov. Bobby Jindal signed Senate Bill 250 into law. One of the group’s arguments was that the new amendment makes a special exception for Sandlin, which is illegal according to the state’s own constitution.

Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, filed the legislation in question at Sandlin’s behest after the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal ruled in 2012 that Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony was invalid because he is not Tony’s legal owner. Last fall, the Louisiana Supreme Court let that decision stand after Sandlin sought a review of it. Tiger Truck Stop Inc. has owned Tony since 2000, but the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, apparently following pressure from animals rights groups, promulgated new rules in recent years requiring the owner to be an individual, not a corporation.

The rules applied to the state’s exotic cat ban, which is apparently unclear whether Tiger Truck Stop’s ownership of Tony could be grandfathered in, since he was at the truck stop prior to the ban. The new law makes a specific exception to the state’s exotic cat ban by allowing Sandlin to keep Tony until the tiger dies.

Also on Monday, a separate case similar to the big cat challenge in Clark’s court was dismissed.

That case, brought by Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary in DeSoto Parish, also challenges the constitutionality of the 2006 big exotic cat ban. Nasser said Judge Bob Downing, who is filling in for 19th JDC Judge Kay Bates since her retirement, dismissed it because the same issues were addressed in Sandlin’s case.

It’s still unclear if Yogie and Friends will appeal Dunning’s judgment or seek to join Sandlin’s suit, said their attorney Nixon, who’s also handling Sandlin’s case.

http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/11/tony_the_tiger_to_stay_put_for.html

Posted November 18, 2014 by freetonythetiger in Uncategorized

Animal rights group @ALDF not giving up on ‘Tony’   Leave a comment

tony_tigerThe nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund will be in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday arguing its case in a lawsuit it filed against the state, the Wildlife & Fisheries Commission and Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin.

The suit comes after state lawmakers during the spring/summer legislative session grandfathered in Sandlin’s ownership of a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger he keeps in a cage as a roadside attraction at his Grosse Tete business off Interstate 10. The bill, now known as Act 697, came after years of court battles between ALDF and Sandlin — battles the animal rights group repeatedly won and that lead to a state district judge order Wildlife & Fisheries to revoke Sandlin’s permit to keep the tiger.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of former state Rep. Warren Triche Jr., who sponsored a 2006 approved by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco banning private ownership of large, exotic cats.

From a press release issued by ALDF:

The sole purpose of Act 697 is to allow Sandlin to keep the 14-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger caged in a gas station parking lot by exempting Sandlin from Louisiana’s 2006 ban, a law Sandlin had broken for years. Act 697 undoes legal victories achieved by ALDF on Tony the tiger’s behalf, and retroactively removes protections Tony received under the ban. In a separate lawsuit, the Louisiana courts held that Sandlin’s captivity of Tony violated state law.

“Act 697 violates the Louisiana Constitution and the intent of the 2006 ban, which was passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature,” said Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Louisianans want Tony to live in a reputable sanctuary, not a gas station parking lot—and they don’t want their representatives to hand out special privileges to lawbreakers like the Tiger Truck Stop, which profits from animal suffering.”

http://www.theind.com/news/indnews/19631-animal-rights-group-not-giving-up-on-tony

via @ALDF: Animal Legal Defense Fund Back in Court to Protect Tony the Tiger From Losing Statutory Protection   Leave a comment

tony deePosted on November 14, 2014

Direct Link: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/animal-legal-defense-fund-back-in-court-to-protect-tony-the-tiger-from-losing-statutory-protection/

For immediate release:

Contact:
Megan Backus, ALDF
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF

BATON ROUGE — Arguments will be heard Monday in a lawsuit brought by the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to protect Tony, a tiger living at Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop. The lawsuit alleges that Louisiana lawmakers violated the state’s constitutional prohibition on “special laws” when they exempted Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, from existing animal welfare and public safety laws by passing Act 697 in June. ALDF is representing former Louisiana Representative Warren Triche, Jr. (who sponsored the 2006 ban on private ownership of dangerous large exotic cats) and other Louisiana residents and taxpayers. The Tiger Truck Stop has asked the court to dismiss ALDF’s lawsuit against the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Tiger Truck Stop and owner Michael Sandlin.

Where: 19th Judicial District Court, Division 23, Room 8a, 300 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA.

When: Monday, November 17, 2014. 9:30am CT

The sole purpose of Act 697 is to allow Sandlin to keep the 14-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger caged in a gas station parking lot by exempting Sandlin from Louisiana’s 2006 ban, a law Sandlin had broken for years. Act 697 undoes legal victories achieved by ALDF on Tony the tiger’s behalf, and retroactively removes protections Tony received under the ban. In a separate lawsuit, the Louisiana courts held that Sandlin’s captivity of Tony violated state law.

“Act 697 violates the Louisiana Constitution and the intent of the 2006 ban, which was passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature,” said Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Louisianans want Tony to live in a reputable sanctuary, not a gas station parking lot—and they don’t want their representatives to hand out special privileges to lawbreakers like the Tiger Truck Stop, which profits from animal suffering.”

Copies of the lawsuit and photographs of Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop are available upon request.

FTTT Note: Please leave your comments in support of ALDF’s efforts and Tony’s re-homing to a big cat sanctuary at the direct link: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/animal-legal-defense-fund-back-in-court-to-protect-tony-the-tiger-from-losing-statutory-protection/

 

CONGRRRRRATULATIONS Wildcat Sanctuary!   Leave a comment

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THANK YOU to everyone who donated, shared and cared and made this a very successful fundraiser for Wildcat Sanctuary.

Read the recap of Give To The Max Day here:

http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/growing-animal-advocacy-around-the-world-give-to-max-day-is-a-huge-sucess/

Posted November 14, 2014 by freetonythetiger in Uncategorized

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