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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

ALDF: Strengthen Federal Law to Protect Big Cats   Leave a comment

Click the tiger’s picture to help big cats like Tony!

Please take action for big cats via this alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Via ALDF:

Many big cats such as Tony the truck stop tiger languish in deplorable conditions with no hope of freedom. Join us in urging Congressional representatives to support a new law to protect big cats from a similar fate.

Protect big cats and public safety!

In October 2011, sheriff’s deputies in Zanesville, Ohio responded to calls about a loose African lion and bear sighted by neighbors of an exotic animal “farm.” Officers soon discovered that the farm’s owner, Terry Thompson, had intentionally released over 50 exotic animals from his farm and then committed suicide. In the name of public safety, the deputies tracked down and shot the released animals. At the conclusion of the massacre, the pile of carcasses included 18 tigers, 17 African lions, and three mountain lions, as well as bears, wolves, and a baboon. Thompson had previous convictions for cruelty to animals and possession of illegal firearms.

This tragedy highlights the critical need for laws to prohibit possession of wild and exotic animals as “pets.” Among the problems caused by the wild animal trade:

  • In the U.S., an estimated 10,000 – 20,000 big cats are currently in private hands, causing significant public safety concerns by endangering neighbors — including children and pets — as well as officers who act as first responders.
  • The animals are frequently victims of neglect, living in deplorable conditions. Additionally, some captors might use the animals for illegal international trade in their parts.
  • Taxpayers and local agencies bear a high financial burden when dangerous animals escape or when they are seized due to cruelty and neglect.

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 4122) would help stem the exotic “pet” trade by strengthening provisions in federal law by prohibiting future breeding, possessing, or owning of lions, tigers, and other big cats. The bill also would require people who currently possess big cats to register those animals with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This bill amends the Lacey Act, which already provides exemptions for government agencies and wildlife sanctuaries. H.R. 4122 adds an exemption for accredited zoos, too.

Take Action!

Urge your Congressional representative to support the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act to protect people and animals by completing the information to the right! H.R. 4122 has bipartisan support, but it is languishing in a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Please take action today!

Visit: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10989

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/

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