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ALDF: A Truck Stop is No Home For a Tiger   Leave a comment

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been tireless in their efforts to see Tony released to a reputable sanctuary, and in their fight to protect the lives of so many animals who need a voice.

See Cases & Campaigns for more about the work ALDF does; there are also Action Alerts and Petitions you can sign to help animals.

If you would like to support ALDF’s work, please consider donating to their 2012 Annual Fund Drive.

Please also continue supporting Tony’s petition and sharing this beautiful tiger’s story.

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

A Truck Stop is No Home For a Tiger

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF’s Executive Director on July 12th, 2012

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, paces on the hard concrete surface of his cage. He has spent every day and night of the last eleven years on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana – nearly his whole life. It’s no life for a tiger, or any other animal.

That’s why, despite all legal obstacles, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is tireless in our fight to make sure that Tony finds his way to a reputable, accredited sanctuary where he can live out his life in a nurturing environment, rather than one that exploits him as a profitable spectacle. Help us raise $250,000 during our 2012 Annual Fund Drive and join our fight to free Tony!

ALDF is currently involved in three separate lawsuits concerning Tony – a no holds barred effort to free him from the miserable conditions he’s forced to endure day and night. ALDF’s victory last year against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries prevented the Department from renewing the annual permit that allowed Michael Sandlin, owner of Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop, to display Tony.

However, the Department has refused to seize Tony until Mr. Sandlin’s own lawsuit against the Department has resolved. Once Mr. Sandlin’s case is over, the Department should do its duty by acting quickly to ensure Tony’s removal to a humane sanctuary.

We are optimistic that we will prevail, and the court will uphold Louisiana’s right to protect public safety and animal welfare by prohibiting private possession of majestic animals like Tony.

Your support makes our fight for Tony possible! Join ALDF in fighting for Tony’s freedomfreedom from diesel fumes, harassment, and the unimaginable suffering of life in his lonely cage.

http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2103

HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Dead Tigers, Safety Threats at Oklahoma’s GW Exotic Animal Park   Leave a comment

Note: This “park” was said to be the intended home for Tony if his owner, Michael Sandlin, is forced to give him up. Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/1608646-123/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html

HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Dead Tigers, Safety Threats at Oklahoma’s GW Exotic Animal Park

Park may have more dangerous predators than any other roadside zoo in the nation

May 16, 2012 – via The Humane Society of the United States


The Humane Society of the United States has released the results of an undercover investigation into an Oklahoma exotic animal park, where an investigator recorded tiger deaths, unwarranted breeding and dangerous incidents involving children and adults. HSUS undercover video footage taken at GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla. in the summer and fall of 2011 shows potentially illegal actions that imperil both animals and humans.

GW Exotic Animal Park houses approximately 200 tigers and other dangerous exotic animals and is acting as a petting zoo and traveling zoo that breeds tiger and bear cubs and allows the public to handle exotic animals for a fee, both at its own facility and at shopping malls and other venues around the country. The HSUS filed a series of complaints with state and federal authorities regarding potential legal violations, and called for strengthening certain areas of the law dealing with dangerous exotic wildlife.

The results of the investigation were first reported this morning by CBS News. The HSUS says it’s a dangerous situation for tigers and people, a hazard highlighted by the mass exotic animal tragedy the nation learned of last fall in Zanesville, Ohio. The president of GW Exotic Animal Park, Joe Schreibvogel, traveled to Ohio in April 2012 to lobby against Senate Bill 310, the bill introduced by state lawmakers to restrict the private ownership of dangerous captive wildlife in response to the Zanesville incident. At that time, he claimed that Terry Thompson was murdered by animal advocates to advance an agenda to ban private ownership of dangerous exotic pets.

At least five tigers died at the facility during the investigation – two of them had been sick for months and may have been shot by GW employees. A 6-year-old tiger named Hobbes died without receiving veterinary care and a 6-week-old cub being raised inside the GW owner’s house somehow sustained head injuries and had to be euthanized. And the death of 23 infant tigers at the facility over a 13-month period between 2009 and 2010 prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open an investigation into GW Exotics for the unexplained death rate at the park.

“GW Exotics may have more dangerous exotic animals than any other roadside zoo in the nation—with approximately five times as many predators as the late Terry Thompson of Zanesville, Ohio,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “At this facility, children are allowed to play with tigers as if they are domestic kittens, rather than wild cats soon to mature into the some of the world’s most lethal carnivores.”

The HSUS investigator witnessed or heard reports about numerous dangerous public interactions at GW—some with a nearly full-grown tiger—including at least six cases where visitors were bitten or scratched.

  • In August 2011, according to GW’s assistant park manager, three people suffered tiger bites at a fair, including one child whose bite became infected.
  • On Sept. 3, 2011, a tiger reportedly bit a young girl on her leg during the “play cage” portion of a tour.
  • On Sept. 11, 2011, a tiger cub scratched a young child while the child was posing for a picture.
  • On Sept. 17, 2011, a 20-week-old tiger named Dre knocked down and bit a small child. GW’s park manager told staff that the boy was bitten and scratched and that he would be bruised but that he (the manager) had “smoothed things over” with the mother and had her “sign the papers.” The next day, the same tiger was used for photo shoots at GW and photographers posed a small child bottle feeding the tiger.

The HSUS has filed complaints with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seeking an investigation into potential violations of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act, and Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act; with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for potential violations of the Animal Welfare Act; and with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for potential violations of GW’s state commercial wildlife license. HSUS has also reached out to local law enforcement concerning the results of its investigation.

The HSUS is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt regulations banning public contact with dangerous wild animals no matter the age of the animals. Current regulations generally allow public contact with tiger cubs between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks, and encourage the reckless over breeding of tiger cubs and surplus of captive adult tigers. The HSUS is also urging Congress to pass H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, introduced by Reps. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., to prohibit the private ownership and breeding of tigers and other dangerous big cats.

The investigative report is available here. B-roll video footage of the investigation is available for media download here and here.

Media Contact: Raul Arce-Contreras, 301.721.6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

Read Wayne’s blog on the Oklahoma investigation

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/05/ok_exotics_investigation.html

Call To Action – Tuesday March 20th, 2012 For Circus Animals!!   Leave a comment

 Information from The Performing Animal Welfare Society:

Join  efforts to save exotic animals from the horrors of traveling circus life. On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, help light up “In Boxes” in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

Animal organizations, humane groups, sanctuaries and animal advocates everywhere on this day, your help is needed to make a difference!

The 2012 Congressional year is well underway. PAWS is working with Animal Defenders International (ADI) to mount a mass broad-based support campaign for the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H. R. 3359 – the bill to protect wild animals from traveling circuses in the United States. This life-saving bill is in the Agriculture Committee of the House of Representatives. This is the committee where most animal protection laws are assigned, and all too often, die. Without your help on March 20th, H.R. 3359 may never make it out of this critical committee.

Please visit this link for all the information you need to participate in this important action for animals in the circus: http://tinyurl.com/HR3359Call2Action

Petition Update – Pictures & Videos of Tony – Take Action For Animals Who Need Our Help!   Leave a comment

Tony: March 4, 2012 - Photo Courtesy of Cloversweed

Tony: March 4, 2012 - Photo Courtesy of Cloversweed

Pictures and videos of Tony courtesy of “Cloversweed” taken March 4, 2012. Please visit her recent Youtube videos of Tony at these links

http://youtu.be/iha8F3PXLIk || http://youtu.be/9xKyl7_4mB0 || http://youtu.be/B6x5Je7tHXU || http://youtu.be/WZzAW1OmbFU || http://youtu.be/iAmLUTH1-Jc

Please Sign Tony's Petition!

Tony’s Petition

Tony’s petition has reached 13,769 signatures. Thanks for signing and please continue to share:

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

Visit tinyurl.com/helptonytiger for ways you can advocate for Tony. Updates will be posted when they are made available.

We can make a difference by taking action for animals in need. Please participate in these actions and share the links with friends, family and on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Thanks again for your support of Tony and for all animals who deserve our respect, protection and advocacy for their welfare.

Actions To Take To Help Big Cats!!!

The WildCat Sanctuary – Sandstone MN

Nikita the Tiger and Tasha the Cougar are two lucky cats who will soon have a home at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN. TWS was asked on their Facebook page to “save room for Tony” TWS replied: “Tony will always be welcome at Wildcat Sanctuary!”

Thank You TWS for again offering a home for Tony and for providing exemplary care and homes for your cats.

Please read about Nikita and Tasha here: Nikita the tiger needs your help! and how you can help them, and see this wonderful blog post “from Nikita” My life in captivity – through the eyes of Nikita, the tigress

Click Nikita's picture to learn how you can help bring her and Tasha The Cougar to The Wildcat Sanctuary! Photo Courtesy The WildCat Sanctuary

WildCat Haven Sanctuary – Sherwood OR

WildCat Haven Sanctuary has another “LIKE” Match! A generous donor, Richard Harris has offered them $1 for each new “LIKE” their Facebook page receives by April 1, 2012.  WCH hoped to reach a goal of 5,000 members and have surpassed that number! Please visit WCH’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wildcathaven and click “LIKE” at the top and share their page. It’s such an easy way to help the cats at WCH.

Mac and Shirley, residents of WildCat Haven Sanctuary. Click their picture and “LIKE” their Facebook to help the WCH cats! Photo Credit: ©2011 Karine Aigner & Courtesy of WildCat Haven Sanctuary

Ask Your Congress Member to Support H.R.4122 – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Please ask your Congress Member to support H.R.4122 – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

  • Enter your zip code at Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL’s Action Alert for a fast easy way to voice your support of this bill and ask your congressperson to co-sponsor it:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/bills/?bill=61054001

or visit IFAW’s ( International Fund For Animal Welfare) Action Alert: http://www.ifaw.org/us/get-involved/protect-big-cats-cruelty

  • You can also sign this petition: Tell Congress: Big Cats are NOT Pets!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/841/285/240/

  • and show your support for H.R. 4122 at PopVox:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr4122


More Petitions and Actions for Animals Who Need Our Help!

Lucy The Elephant

Lucy is a beautiful 35 year old Asian elephant who lives alone at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has agreed to take Lucy as has PAWS Ark 2000 Sanctuary in California but their offers have been turned down by the city of Edmonton. These sanctuaries would provide the habitat and climate Lucy needs as well as elephant companionship which is so vital to these wonderful animals.

Please sign Lucy’s new petition and share the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/allow-a-panel-of-external-elephant-experts-to-examine-lucy

Learn more about Lucy:

http://www.friendsoflucy.ca/index.html

http://www.savelucy.ca/

Please Sign For NYC Carriage Horses:

Please Sign: Mayor Mike Bloomberg: Stop the Abuse of NYC Carriage Horses! 8 Accidents in 8 Months!

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-mike-bloomberg-stop-the-abuse-of-nyc-carriage-horses-8-accidents-in-8-months

Visit: http://ny-class.org/ to sign another petition calling for the end to carriage horses in New York City and to also co-sign Angelica Huston’s letter to Christine C. Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council.

Help Circus Animals! Support H.R. 3359 The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act!

Ringling Bros. Circus Tiger - E. Rutherford NJ 3.17.2012

The abuse, confinement, exploitation and cruelty animals are subjected to in circuses and traveling shows are horrific and heartbreaking. For the few minutes the public is “entertained” by them performing ridiculous unnatural stunts, these animals suffer a lifetime of misery. On November 2, 2011, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) along with Jan Creamer (Animal Defenders International,) Ed Stewart (Performing Animal Welfare Society -PAWS) Dr. Mel Richardson, DVM, Bob Barker, and Jorja Fox, introduced H.R. 3359 – The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. If passed, this federal bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in circuses and traveling shows.

It is crucial that we support this bill. Please contact your congress member and tell them as their constituent you support H.R. 3359 – The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act and ask them to co-sponsor this bill. It takes only a few minutes to call, write, e-mail or fax your representative for animals that endure inhumane conditions and abuse.

  • Contact information for your representative can be found by entering your zip code at this link:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?action=myreps_form

(Please do not contact your Senators at this time as a companion bill in the Senate has not yet been introduced.)

  • You can send an automated e-mail here:

http://www.congressweb.com/cweb2/index.cfm/siteid/BreakTheChain/action/TakeAction.Contact/lettergroupid/5

  • For more information about H.R. 3359 / TEAPA visit Break The Chain “the campaign to bring an end to circus animal suffering in the USA, led by Animal Defenders International.” Break The Chain has updates about the campaign, resources, and more ways to take action.

http://breakthechainus.com/

  • Sign ADI’s petition: Ask Congress to protect circus animals and pass H.R. 3359:

http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-congress-to-protect-circus-animals-and-pass-hr-3359

  • More information and resources available from PAWS – The Performing Animal Welfare Society at:

http://www.pawsweb.org/animals_in_traveling_shows.html

  • Please cast your vote in SUPPORT of H.R. 3359 at Pop Vox:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3359

Using animals in circuses and traveling shows is not only cruel and inhumane, but it is a threat public safety – this archaic and cruel practice must end – with support of H.R. 3359 we can make that happen.

From ADI & PAWS:
National measures to prohibit the use of wild animals, or selected species, have been adopted in: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Malta, Slovakia, Sweden, Portugal, Taiwan, Singapore, Bolivia, Costa Rica, India and Israel. Similar laws are being discussed in: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Norway, and Peru. Due to public concerns, local town and city bans are in place in the US, UK, Brazil and many other countries.

Source: http://www.ad-international.org/admin/downloads/1_low_cong._wild_animals_in_circuses_f_16.8.pdf

Videos
November 2, 2011 Introduction of The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

Jan Creamer (ADI) Addresses Congress

Bob Barker Addresses Congress

Jorja Fox Addresses Congress

Press Conference

Videos (*Please Note: GRAPHIC Footage. May be disturbing to some viewers)

Take Action For Circus Animals*

Alec Baldwin: Boycott Circuses That Use Animals*

“There will be a time when people will be shocked that we ever allowed the suffering of these animals in the name of entertainment to continue so long.” Bob Barker
http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2263&ssi=10

ADI Website:  http://www.ad-international.org/adi_usa/
PAWS Website: http://www.pawsweb.org/

Roar For Tony & Captive U.S. Tigers On World Animal Day October 4, 2011   Leave a comment

World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and also to bring attention to the importance of animals and raise awareness for them. It began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animal life and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.

We’re getting an early start on this important day to raise awareness for Tony and 5,000 – 10,000 privately owned tigers in the United States.

Please participate in World Animal Day by taking these actions for Tony and captive tigers in the United States. This post is also mirrored as a Facebook online event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=263918206981518

  • Petition Blitz For Tony

Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund: “The court has scheduled two new hearings in the Tony the Tiger case. On October 17th, the court will hear the State’s exceptions, which challenge the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the case. On November 2nd, the court will hear ALDF’s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit that lets Michael Sandlin confine Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.”

As of this post, Tony’s petitions have a combined total of 92,103 signatures – our goal: 100,000. Petitions are a great way to keep Tony’s story active, people supportive and  also demonstrate the vast amount of supporters Tony has all over the world who want to see him relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Please sign the petitions and share them via email, Twitter and Facebook. There are easy sharing options at the links below.

ALDF Sponsored Petitions:

1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207  (37,807)

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger  (10,687)

Care2 Sponsored Petition:

3. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/  (43,609)

  • Tweet 4 Tony

Twitter has been a great networking tool for Tony; people all over the world have come to learn about and support Tony. If you have a Twitter account you can follow @FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000. Please tweet:

Roar 4 Tony @TonyTiger2000 & Captive U.S. #Tigers on @WorldAnimalDay Oct. 4 Info http://ow.ly/6E3PW #SaveTigersNow #FreeTonyNow Plz RT

and

Petition Blitz! Roar On To 100K Plz Sign & RT Tony’s @TonyTiger2000 Petitions http://ow.ly/6DZQW @WorldAnimalDay Oct. 4 #FreeTonyNow

  • More links for Tony to share:

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

Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!! (Contacts to write to at this link):

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/your-continued-support-for-tony-is-needed/

Petition Links (Collective): https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/petitions/

Follow Tony On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger and http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

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

Big Cat Rescue’s (TampaFL) Free Tony Page: http://www.freetony.com/

Act.ly / Twitter Petition: http://act.ly/36o

  • Comment Period Extended To Oct. 21, 2011 For Proposal on Generic Tigers!!


One of the most important actions you can take for tigers is to submit a comment to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027-14468  For more information please watch the following video courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL and visit their action alert at: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=53173501 or see this action alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801

Action Alert!! Save The Tiger! Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPJ3iR-ezg )

Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. Tony The Truck Stop Tiger represents one of the estimated 5,000* tigers privately owned in the United States whose numbers exceed tigers left in the wild. These captive U.S. tigers suffer in backyards as “pets,” in roadside zoos attractions and circuses, and are bred for profit; tiger cubs are exploited in photo ops and exhibitions, and others are condemned to canned hunts and sold on the black market.

Tigers in The U.S. Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n80OuEA2f3w )

There is no conservation value in privately breeding tigers. The only sanctioned tiger breeding program in the United States is the Species Survival Plan in which AZA accredited zoos participate. Privately breeding tigers contributes to the escalating problem of privately owned tigers in the United States.

Backyard Tigers of America Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLeXQQaBkDg )

Tiger cubs are exploited and abused in money-making ploys disguised as “educational shows.” There is nothing educational about displaying cubs in hands-on exhibitions and photo ops – but it is how individuals and pseudo-sanctuaries capitalize on the appeal of these baby tigers and other big cat cubs to lure the public into their unscrupulous schemes. Exploiting tiger cubs by allowing the public to interact with them is not educational, but dangerous and misleading, as well as harmful to the cubs. The real life horrors these cats face once they shed their “cuteness” and turn into 300 to 500 lb. predators are years of captive life in deplorable conditions. Please don’t contribute to this abuse by engaging in these exhibitions, supporting or promoting them.

Cute Tiger Cubs – Robbed from the Cradle Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cS5wINA53g )

  • What you can do to help tigers:

Do not patronize or support events that exploit tigers and tiger cubs (or any big cats.)

If there’s an online article about a show coming to a mall, fair, or a circus employing animal acts, comment on it voicing your concern for the animals and your opposition to such shows. Share the information via Twitter and Facebook and ask others to do the same. You can also contact the venue to tell them you do not support such exhibitions of animal cruelty and abuse. If you do see a traveling exhibit, particularly one with cubs, report it to info@BigCatRescue.org

Visit Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL’s Action Alerts for ways you can advocate for big cats: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/home/

Share links to videos and articles about tigers to network the plights they face both in captivity and the wild – some of which have been included in this post.

Support true accredited sanctuaries that provide caring proper homes for big cats such as:

Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL http://www.bigcatrescue.org

The WildCat Sanctuary http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/

WildCat Haven http://www.wildcathaven.org/

Facilities that breed, buy, sell, force their animals to perform and exhibit them off site are just profiting from these animals and should be avoided.

Such majestic and magnificent cats like tigers should be respected and protected and it is up to those of us who care about Tony and tigers like him to continue to be a strong voice for them. Thank you.*

For more information about World Animal Day, visit their website at: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/index.asp

MISSION STATEMENT – WORLD ANIMAL DAY

To celebrate animal life in all its forms

To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom

To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives

To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives.

*Some content originally posted at: http://tigerworldnews.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/tigers-need-us/

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