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#Louisiana Residents! PLEASE Call Your Senators NOW and Tell Them to Vote NO on SB 250!   Leave a comment

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Louisiana Residents! PLEASE Call your Senators NOW and tell them to Vote NO on SB 250! Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your State Senator. You can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like you to vote against SB 250.”

You can find out who your Senator is here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx by entering your address. A list of your representatives will generate. You need to call your Louisiana Senate District #” Senator, not your U.S. Senator.

Senators’ phone numbers: http://senate.la.gov/Senators/Offices.asp

Please take a few minutes to be a voice for Tony. Share this post with others. It is crucial that the Louisiana State Senate hears that their constituents OPPOSE this bill!

More info:  http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1289250

Thank you.

More on SB 250 from @BornFreeUSA, Ace Bourke and @2TheAdvocate   Leave a comment

BFF 05 trophy.aiFrom Born Free USA:

S.B. 250 Adds Another Exemption for Big Cat Ownership

Sponsor(s): Sen. Rick Ward (R-17)

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (4/14/14): The Senate Committee on Natural Resources amended the bill and removed the most harmful line. These changes are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description below.

Bill Description:
Under present law, the secretary of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is allowed to create rules to control the importation and private possession of big exotic cats. Current law also requires that these rules provide exceptions for big cats traditionally kept by colleges and universities, animal sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers, and scientific organizations and for owners who can prove previous ownership.

This bill would add an additional exception for owners who hold a USDA Class C exhibitor’s license. It also allows retroactive application of this exemption, so that Class C exhibitors who had to give up their big cats before may be able to get them back. This bill defines previous ownership as persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.

Background:
Class C exhibitor licenses are surprisingly easy to obtain and extremely broad in their coverage. They represent the bare minimum of animal welfare and public safety standards that an exhibitor is expected to meet. These licenses are often obtained and used as a loophole by private owners who wish to circumvent restrictions on private ownership of species such as big cats.

These lax standards have resulted in numerous tragedies — including severe injury and even death for both humans and animals. See our exotic animal incidents database for examples.

Tony the Truck Stop Tiger is a prime example of why ownership of exotic animals should not be allowed under such loose standards and poor enforcement. Tony is kept isolated and on display at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana by his “owner,” Michael Sandlin, who possesses a Class C exhibitor license. His truck stop has been cited by the USDA in the past for unsanitary feeding practices, mishandling tigers, failure to provide veterinary care, lack of shelter from inclement weather, lack of clean drinking water, and no knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers — but his exhibit has not been shut down. This bill would ensure that operations like the Tiger Truck Stop are able to remain open under Louisiana law. The fight for Tony is ongoing (read more here), and we must try to prevent other animals from suffering in the same conditions.

Read the full text and follow its progress here.

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/legislation.php?p=4213&more=1

sb 250 2From Ace Bourke’s Blog:

Tony the Tiger – Please sign this new petition urgently!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE to OPPOSE SB 250 and to UPHOLD Louisiana State Law PROHIBITING private ownership of tigers.

Louisiana Senator Rick Ward has introduced bill SB 250 seeking to: “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) The bill is scheduled for Senate floor action TODAY.

Tony has been confined for all of his nearly 14 years. We all know that many many animals are confined and imprisoned all over the world, but somehow for me, Tony the Tiger – in a cage at a truck stop – is a symbol of all that is unacceptable in human-animal relationships.

Let’s do our best to get him released and make his last years peaceful and more enjoyable.

You can read more about the issue HERE and see what further actions we can take. Keep up to date with Tony the Tiger via Facebook and Twitter.

Please spread the word urgently!

Many thanks ACE

http://acebourke.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/tony-the-tiger-please-sign-this-new-petition-urgently/

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Sen. Ward’s Twitter profile picture (no longer posted)

From 2theadvocate:

Sen. Rick Ward sponsors a Bill that Exempts certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules. The bill is designed to appease Michael Sandlin, whose captivity of Tony the Tiger was declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeals in ALDF’s successful lawsuit. For more information, visit http://legiscan.com/LA/amendment/SB250/id/15431 or https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/ and share your opinion.

NOTE: Your comments OPPOSING SB 250 NEEDED on this post from 2theadvocate Click here: https://www.facebook.com/2theadvocatebr/posts/617528398331137?stream_ref=10

Actions To Take For Tony Regarding SB 250   Leave a comment

sb 250 2Consolidating actions to take to help Tony regarding SB 250. Louisiana Senator Rick Ward has introduced bill SB 250 seeking to: “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) The bill has passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is up for a vote before the full Senate.

Please take the appropriate actions listed below:

1. PLEASE email the following Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250!!

EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ALL LOUISIANA SENATORS:
http://senate.legis.state.la.us/senators/e-mail.asp

YOU CAN COPY & PASTE THIS MASS LIST FOR YOUR EMAIL:

adleyr@legis.la.gov, alarioj@legis.la.gov, allainb@legis.la.gov, amedeej@legis.la.gov, appelc@legis.la.gov, lasen15@legis.la.gov, brownte@legis.la.gov, smithbuffington@legis.la.gov, chabertn@legis.la.gov, claitord@legis.la.gov, cortezp@legis.la.gov, crowea@legis.la.gov, donahuej@legis.la.gov, dorseyy@legis.la.gov, erdeyd@legis.la.gov, gallotr@legis.la.gov, guillorye@legis.la.gov, HeitmeierD@legis.la.gov, johnsr@legis.la.gov, kostelka@legis.la.gov, lafleure@legis.la.gov, longg@legis.la.gov, martinyd@legis.la.gov, millsf@legis.la.gov, morrelljp@legis.la.gov, morrishd@legis.la.gov, murraye@legis.la.gov, neversb@legis.la.gov, peacockb@legis.la.gov, perryj@legis.la.gov, petersonk@legis.la.gov, risern@legis.la.gov, smithgl@legis.la.gov, smithj@legis.la.gov, tarverg@legis.la.gov, thompsof@legis.la.gov, walsworthm@legis.la.gov, wardr@legis.la.gov, whitem@legis.la.gov

2. LOUISIANA RESIDENTS: It’s crucial to contact your Senators. As their constituents you have influence on the bills they support/oppose.

3. Sign and Share this change.org Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/louisiana-state-senate-oppose-sb-250-uphold-louisiana-state-law-prohibiting-private-ownership-of-tigers

4. Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Easy share options below.

Our support for Tony must remain strong and vigilant. Thank You ALL for caring and for your positive advocacy on behalf of Tony.

Louisiana Residents! Take Action For Tony! via @ALDF   Leave a comment

sb250laversionLouisiana Residents: It’s crucial that your Senators hear from YOU and your OPPOSITION to SB 250, a bill that would “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

Please read the following alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund and TAKE ACTION NOW!

Dear Supporter,

The Louisiana State Senate is considering a bill that would expand exemptions to the state’s ban on private possession of big cats. The bill is designed to appease Michael Sandlin, whose captivity of Tony the Tiger was declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeals in ALDF’s successful lawsuit.

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other large cats. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. The new bill, called SB 250, would create a “retroactive exemption,” expanding the ways in which people could possess big cats in the state. ALDF opposes the possession of big cats because it is inhumane to the animals kept captive, and dangerous to people. Exemptions to the ban on big cat ownership waste the state’s resources and put animals in harm’s way simply to accommodate those who want to confine wild animals for entertainment or profit.

Take Action!

This outrageous “exemption” bill could be heard on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday, April 15! So now is the time to tell your State Senator that you do not support animal protection law exemptions. Please pick up the phone now!

  • Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your State Senator. You can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like you to vote against SB 250.”

Please help us oppose this blatant attempt to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. Tell your lawmakers to keep Louisiana’s big cat law strong instead of watering it down with more exemptions.

New Pictures of Tony – Jan. 19, 2014 via @PuppyProtector1   Leave a comment

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Photo Courtesy of & ©PuppyProtector1 – 2014

SPECIAL Thanks to Tony’s Twitter and Instagram friend @PuppyProtector1 for visiting Tony, taking these pictures and sharing them with us. (See Gallery Below) We’re truly grateful for your concern for Tony and his well-being – new media is always appreciated. Pictures motivate people to be active, stay involved and remain supportive of Tony and the efforts to see him released to a proper home.

THANK YOU @PuppyProtector1!

Ways To Stay Involved:

Tony’s Petition: SIGN & SHARE!

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

Nominate “TONY” For A Shorty Award!

  • 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!

More info: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/nominate-tony-for-a-shorty-award-2/

Social links and more after the gallery below. Thanks EVERYONE for your positive dedication and support of Tony.

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Get Social “With 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

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

ALDF Articles:

http://aldf.org/blog/making-sense-of-the-current-status-of-the-tony-the-tiger-cases/

http://aldf.org/blog/victory-in-aldfs-tony-the-tiger-case/

Happy Holidays To Tony and Friends   Leave a comment

xmas blue tonyWishing all of Tony’s friends ~ and TONY ~ Happy Holidays ~ THANK YOU for your continued support of Tony. It is because of YOU that Tony’s story remains prominent. By sharing his petition, being active on his Facebook page, tweeting for and “with him”  we keep the public informed of his plight and demonstrate our commitment to him.

Tony received some great support on Instagram recently – this is another excellent platform – where just one picture posted by friends @coco_sazerac (who visited Tony) was reposted by @catsofinstagram and received over 7,000 likes! See: http://instagram.com/p/hgYLujoS6p/#If anyone visits Tony, please take photos and video and post on Instagram; please tag @tonythetruckstoptiger. For social networking sites, see the links at the end of this post after the video.7000 tony

The most recent update we have: The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries each filed exceptions to Sandlin’s case, seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed, in a hearing on Monday, December 09, 2013. No other information is available at this time. http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger/ Special Thanks to ALDF for their persistence in this case and the tremendous work they do to advance the rights and welfare of animals through the legal system. Please visit: http://aldf.org/about-us/ to learn more about this vital organization for animals and consider supporting them.

Tony’s petition reached 36,000 signatures this week. 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.

Concluding this post with warm wishes for the holiday and this wonderful video from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL of their cats enjoying there Christmas enrichment – we’ll continue to advocate on Tony’s behalf for the same.

LINKS:

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

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

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

ALDF Articles:

http://aldf.org/blog/making-sense-of-the-current-status-of-the-tony-the-tiger-cases/

http://aldf.org/blog/victory-in-aldfs-tony-the-tiger-case/

Update Via ALDF / Signup to Win a Tony the Tiger T-Shirt!   Leave a comment

aldf gre ttttFrom The Animal Legal Defense Fund ~ December 9, 2013:

In the ongoing legal battle to free Tony the tiger from the Louisiana-based “Tiger Truck Stop,” a status conference is being held in Baton Rouge today—and to show support for Tony, ALDF is giving away three Tony the Tiger t-shirts.

Tony is one of many animals in the U.S. who are exploited for our entertainment. Michael Sandlin, who holds Tony captive at the truck stop without a permit, continues to fight a Louisiana state law which bans the private ownership of dangerous “big cats” like Tony. Earlier this year, ALDF’s victory in our lawsuit to free Tony was upheld by the state Supreme Court and we are asking the courts to dismiss Sandlin’s lawsuit. So we must continue to wait while Tony paces, and paces… For more information, visit our website.

Enter your name, email, mailing address, and t-shirt size for your chance to win here: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=8401

 

Thanksgiving Day Thanks To Tony’s Friends   Leave a comment

tony close picOn Thanksgiving Day: Sincere 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 34,000 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. The last update we have from ALDF can be found here: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/via-animal-legal-defense-fund-louisiana-supreme-court-allows-victory-for-tiger-to-stand/

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

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

ALDF Articles:

http://aldf.org/blog/making-sense-of-the-current-status-of-the-tony-the-tiger-cases/

http://aldf.org/blog/victory-in-aldfs-tony-the-tiger-case/

NEVER STOP ROARING FOR TONY…

Concluding this post with a video from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL  of tigers Amanda, Andre and Arthur and lion Joseph enjoying their Thanksgiving treats:

Via Global Animal: Tony The Truck Stop Tiger Triumphs!   Leave a comment

By on October 10, 2013

Sonia Horon, Global Animal

The fight to free Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger famously caged and put on display at Grosse Tete, Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop, continues. The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a petition to review the Court of Appeal’s decision, which ruled in favor of the captive tiger.

The Louisiana Court of Appeal ruled that Michael Sandlin, the person responsible for caging the tiger, did not in fact have the right to a grandfather permit, which would allow him to keep the tiger in spite of the state’s exotic cat laws.

Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger, resides at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Zdon, NY Times

Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger, resides at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Zdon, NY Times

In 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for wrongfully releasing the permit allowing Sandlin to cage and display Tony. Sandlin has been attempting to challenge the ruling, but the Supreme Court has shut him down.

Unfortunately Sandlin, who clearly has no actual interest in Tony’s well-being, declared if he is forced to give up the tiger, he will send the animal to the notoriously negligent G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

G.W. Exotic is famous for it’s exploitation of tiger cubs. The roadside zoo was investigated by the Humane Society of the United States last year after 23 of G.W. Exotic’s imprisoned baby tigers died. During the investigation, five more captive tigers died under the facility’s “care.”

The park’s owner, Joe Schreibvogel, or “Joe Exotic,” is possibly the largest private owner of tigers in the U.S., with as many as 200 tigers and more than 1,000 other animals. Just last weekend, the controversial park became the subject of further controversy after a woman was attacked by a tiger on the premises.

Megan Backus from ALDF says their non-profit law organization is doing everything in their power to ensure that Tony will not be going to this wildlife jail.

“ALDF is asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate the horrific attack at G.W. Exotic.

Given the animal welfare and public safety failings at G.W. Exotic, ALDF is calling on LDWF to ensure that Tony is transferred to a legitimate and reputable sanctuary. Sending Tony to G.W. Exotic would violate both Louisiana and Oklahoma state laws.”

More Stories On Captive Tigers:

Caged Tiger Fights Back At Oklahoma Zoo

Animal Intervention Saves Captive Wildlife (VIDEO)

HSUS Cracks Down On Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner (VIDEO)

The Truth About Tiger’s Cubs’ Mysterious Deaths

Tiger Clubs Exploited In America’s Malls Of Shame (VIDEO)

Lovestruck Tiger Chooses Freedom

Ohio Says No To Backyard Bears And Other Exotic Pets

Direct Link To Article: http://globalanimal.org/2013/10/10/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger-triumphs/

Via Animal Legal Defense Fund: Louisiana Supreme Court Allows Victory for Tiger to Stand   Leave a comment

aldf tony barsThe following was posted today by the Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Posted on October 7, 2013

For immediate release:

Contact:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Last Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied a petition to review the decision of the Court of Appeal in the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) ongoing case to protect Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger confined at Grosse Tete, Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop by Michael Sandlin. In 2011, ALDF sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing a permit to Sandlin to keep and exhibit Tony. With pro bono assistance from Baker Donelson, ALDF was joined in the suit by several Louisiana taxpayers, including Warren Triche, the state representative who authored the Louisiana state law banning private ownership of tigers. In April of this year, the Court of Appeal held that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are ineligible for a big cat permit and can no longer keep Tony. Sandlin sought review of that decision, but last Friday the state Supreme Court declined to take the case. Although Sandlin could appeal further to the U.S. Supreme Court, the lawsuit raises no issues of federal law, so the Court could not grant review.

Meanwhile, on October 5, an employee at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma was attacked by an adult male tiger and almost lost her arm. Michael Sandlin has declared his intention to send Tony to G.W. Exotic if forced to relinquish him. The controversial zoo has been the subject of undercover investigations and houses more than 200 dangerous exotic animals that it breeds and uses for public interaction. ALDF is asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate the horrific attack at G.W. Exotic. Given the animal welfare and public safety failings at G.W. Exotic, ALDF is calling on LDWF to ensure that Tony is transferred to a legitimate and reputable sanctuary. Sending Tony to G.W. Exotic would violate both Louisiana and Oklahoma state laws.

Still ongoing is Sandlin’s own lawsuit, alleging that the Louisiana state ban on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals is unconstitutional.

“We are relieved to see this case reach its end,” said Matthew Liebman, senior attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Nearly three years after we asked the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries not to issue a permit to the Tiger Truck Stop, the highest court in the state has declined to prolong this case further. We call upon the Department to do the right thing and send Tony to a reputable sanctuary, before we face another tiger tragedy.”

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/louisiana-supreme-court-allows-victory-for-tiger-to-stand/

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NOTES:

Zoo worker attacked by tiger in OK
http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Zoo-worker-attacked-by-tiger-in-OK/dWwlhtpYrE-5-O2RDUaLeg.cspx

HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Dead Tigers, Safety Threats at Oklahoma’s GW Exotic Animal Park
http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/05/ok_exotics_investigation.html

Tony’s Petition:
LDWF: Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary
http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

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