Tony The Tiger: 15 Years at Tiger Truck Stop!   Leave a comment

Re-posting from a Dodo Community article:

Tony The Tiger: 15 Years at Tiger Truck Stop!

As we celebrate our nation’s independence on July 4th, we also mark another year in Tony’s life, one that has been spent in captivity and exploitation as a roadside attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.

Signs posted on Tony’s cage, indicate he was born in July 2000, now making him 15 year old. It is reported that Tony was acquired by Michael Sandlin as a 6 month old cub from a Texas breeder.

Anyone who has followed Tony’s story has experienced both its’ highs and lows…hard fought victories in court by the Animal Legal Defense Fund found the permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was illegal and revoked; LDWF was blocked from issuing a new permit. Each victory was met with an appeal by Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, and subsequently each appeal was denied.

A timeline of Tony’s case can be viewed at:

After exhausting all of his options via the courts, Michael Sandlin enlisted his state Senator, Rick Ward, to propose a bill, SB 250, to exempt himself from Louisiana state law banning private ownership of big cats. This outrageous bill passed both the Senate and House and was signed by Governor Jindal recently. Immediately the Animal Legal Defense issued a statement saying they would challenge the validity of SB 250. On June 25, 2014 ALDF filed suit against the State of Louisiana for violating the Louisiana Constitution by passing a law that exempts a single individual from existing state public safety and animal welfare laws. Defendants include the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Tiger Truck Stop, and Michael Sandlin.

While Tony’s case remains embroiled in a legal battle, we remain positive, supportive and continue our advocacy on his behalf.

Tony’s petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce the 2006 law banning private ownership of big cats remains open and is nearing 49,000 signatures.

Petitions reach people worldwide and keep Tony’s story networked and people updated and supportive.

Stay connected with Tony:





Instagram: @TonyTheTruckStopTiger




New media is so important for Tony. If you visit Tony, please document your visit with pictures and/or video and share them with us. You can contact “Free Tony The Tiger” at:

Tony has truly raised awareness for captive tigers in the United States where there are an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 big cats kept captive by private owners. The exact number is a unknown because of insufficient record keeping requirements. These dangerous animals are kept as pets, exhibited in roadside zoos, perform in circuses and traveling exhibitions, and bred for profit. Cubs are used in “pay-for-play” schemes and photo ops. You can learn more about the big cat crisis by visiting:

Our vision for Tony is his release to a sanctuary where he will have a home that provides expert care, a natural, spacious, safe habitat, and where he will swim, run, play and engage in a tiger’s natural behaviors – finally rid of the noise, smells and his 15 year incarceration at his truck stop “prison.”

(Photo of Tony’s “enclosure” at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana)

Tony has standing offers of a home at these sanctuaries, please visit the links to learn more about them.

Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida ~

The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN ~

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg CO ~

Once again we thank all of Tony’s friends for their support and for caring about him. Because of you, Tony’s ROAR will never be silent. We remain faithfully committed to Tony and look forward to his release to a wonderful sanctuary.

Stay Strong Tony.

Big Cat Crisis Symposium – Hosted by The Wildcat Sanctuary   Leave a comment

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A great event hosted by The Wildcat Sanctuary coming up on October 10, 2015 addressing the important big cat crisis in the United States. Hoping Tony has a ROAR in it.

As of this post speakers include:

  • Julie Hanan, Animal Advocate
  • Carney Anne Nasser, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Legislative Affairs

For further information on the event visit:

The Wildcat Sanctuary is Minnesota’s only accredited sanctuary and one that has a standing offer of a home for Tony.

“The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN.  TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis.  TWS is funded solely on private donations.  The Sanctuary is a home for animals, not a zoo for people and is not open to the public.  Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition and exploitation, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart.”

Links for The Wildcat Sanctuary:





Posted July 4, 2015 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

Kids ROARING For Tony!!   Leave a comment

Thanks to these compassionate young people for caring about Tony and taking such positive measures to advocate on his behalf and to their teacher for providing such a wonderful animal advocacy project and selecting such an important issue – privately owned tigers in the U.S. As we say on Twitter – Tony IS the Captive Tiger Ambassador. Thank You Animal Legal Defense Fund for your dedicated & continued efforts to secure Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. You have the support of Tony’s friends from all over the world.

Re-posting this from ALDF:

Students Speak Up for Tony the Tiger

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on May 8, 2015

Animal lawyers aren’t the only ones roaring about cruelty to captive animals like Tony the tiger. Kids care too. Tony’s plight—being confined at a Louisiana truck stop parking lot—and ALDF’s ongoing legal battle to release him from that concrete nightmare got the attention of one awesome 4th grade class at Guilmette Elementary School in Massachusetts.


This spring, Ms. Buck’s 4th grade class used Tony’s cause to shape a persuasive writing and research project. Students were so excited about Tony, Ms. Buck says, the project “took on a life of its own.” Students created posters and circulated petitions as part of this project, and wrote letters to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, asking him to take Tony’s suffering seriously.

In particular, students were impressed by ALDF senior attorney Matthew Liebman’s work—Matthew has led Tony’s legal battle for years. Ms. Buck explains:

During their research, the students learned about the Animal Legal Defense Fund… as they read articles about Tony in which you were quoted. They suggested that I forward a sample of their work to you directly because they believe you will be supportive of their efforts.


The Animal Legal Defense Fund is touched and inspired by the dedication of these young advocates. Their letters urge fairness and humane treatment of animals like Tony, and his release to a reputable sanctuary. They also make persuasive arguments backed up with at least three points of solid evidence to prove their points and maintain a truly fair and balanced tone, appealing to the governor’s ethical and responsibility.

In conclusion, we respectfully ask you, Governor Jindal, to do what is right and fair. Hear our voice. –

Do you know how it feels to be locked up in a cage for 14 years? Tony does and that’s why I want Tony the Truck Stop Tiger to go to a sanctuary. –

[Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin] is threatening Tony’s and the public’s safety by keeping Tony. … In fact, Michael Sandlin got written up for “unsanitary feeding practices” by the USDA. –

Tony’s cage is like being locked up in jail. —


As Matthew told the children, “support from people like you keeps my spirits up and helps me keep fighting for his freedom. Your voices join thousands of people who are demanding that Tony be sent to a sanctuary. Sometimes, if enough people raise enough of a ruckus, things can change for the better. You should be proud of your contribution (and thankful you have a teacher who encourages this kind of civic participation). I hope Tony will one day be able to breathe clean air instead of diesel fumes and hear the grass rustling in the wind instead of the idling engines of trucks. Thanks for helping get him a step closer to that day!”

This outstanding class inspires each of us to keep fighting to protect animals. As Matthew says, “even though these battles can be frustrating and slow, don’t give up. The animals are counting on you to speak up for them. Your voice has power. Use it!”

Want to get your class involved in advocacy projects for animals? Check out ALDF’s brand-new youth advocacy action kit!

UPDATE! Tweetstorm and @ShortyAwards 2015!   Leave a comment

Thank You Trend

THANK YOU for making Tony’s Tweetstorm a ROARING Success!

We “officially” held our Tweetstorm from 1pmEST – 2pmEST on Monday April 20th because of an engagement we were attending that evening in New York City ~ The Shorty Awards.

Yesterday we posted that the hashtag we used, #Shorty4Tony, didn’t trend.

UPDATE! Thanks to friends who kept tweeting and watching the top trends, #Shorty4Tony trended in the U.S. and U.K.!

The Shorty Awards recognize the best in social media and for the second year in a row, Tony ( @TonyTiger2000 ) was a finalist in the Non-Human Category.

If you follow Tony on Twitter you’ll be familiar with his tweets to raise awareness for captive tigers and big cats, his support of numerous animal issues, and his endearing friendships with @LucyLiberte, @IamSmittyKitty and countless other friends.

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Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign focused on the plight of captive tigers in the United States, and although he didn’t win, he raised tremendous awareness for tigers…and of course Tony is always a winner in our hearts.

Screenshot of finalists in the non-human category at the 7th Annual Shorty Awards in New York City April 20, 2015.

Screenshot of finalists in the non-human category at the 7th Annual Shorty Awards in New York City April 20, 2015.

Some photos from Monday night:

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Our advocacy on behalf of Tony continues in a positive and focused direction as does our support of The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s procurement of Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. Social media is an important part of keeping Tony, updates on his case and the issue of captive tigers networked and retaining people’s support and interest.

So as @TonyTiger2000 as tweeted:

Click the social media buttons below to connect with Tony!



THANK YOU For Your Support of Tony’s Tweetstorm!!   Leave a comment

thanksTHANKS EVERYONE for your AMAZING support of Tony’s Tweetstorm!

We may not have trended #Shorty4Tony but we sure GOT LOUD!!

Off to Shorty Awards​ to represent our handsome boy Tony!

He’s a finalist with six others in the “non-human” category.

Livestream of ceremony tonight:

Once again THANK YOU for participating in Tony’s Tweetstorm and Shorty Awards Campaign.

We’ve always believed social media is an important component of our fight for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Posted April 20, 2015 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

@TonyTiger2000 #Shorty4Tony Tweetstorm Info For TODAY!   Leave a comment

twitter pro picOur Tweetstorm for Tony is TODAY Monday April 20th, 2015 @ 1pmEST.

The hashtag we’ll be using is #Shorty4Tony to highlight Tony’s nomination as a finalist for a Shorty Award for the second year in a row.

Pre-made tweets can be found here:!blank/ but you can also use your own…just be sure to include #Shorty4Tony

If you need to convert the 1pmEST to your location, visit

Also check out the countdown clock for the Tweetstorm at this link:—April-20–2015-@-1pmEST/21256.htm#

ROAR FOR @TonyTiger2000!!

See you on Twitter @ 1pmEST!!

Follow @TonyTiger2000 & @FreeTonyTiger

Livestream of the Shorty Awards TONIGHT beginning at 6:30pmEST here:

Posted April 20, 2015 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

Tweetstorm Time Converter and Countdown Clock   Leave a comment

twitter pro picOur Tweetstorm for Tony is TOMORROW, Monday April 20th, 2015 @ 1pmEST.

If you need to convert the 1pmEST to your location, visit (see/click the graphic at the end of his post for more info)

Also check out the countdown clock for the Tweetstorm at this link:—April-20–2015-@-1pmEST/21256.htm#

We’ll be posting a tweetsheet and the hashtag to use on Monday April 20th at 12:30pmest.

Please feel free to use the picture of Tony in this post for your Facebook and/or Twitter profile picture.

Thanks for your support!

Click the graphic below to visit:

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