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Last Day To Nominate @TonyTiger2000!!   Leave a comment

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CLICK TONY’S PICTURE TO NOMINATE HIM FOR A SHORTY AWARD!!

 

Nominations for the Shorty Awards end TONIGHT – Thursday February 19th, 2015 at 11:59pmEST!

If you have a Twitter account please vote for Tony and help raise awareness for him and captive tigers in the United States.

It’s so easy to vote! Options:

1. Click Tony’s picture in this post, you’ll get a “Share a link with your followers” box. Then just click the Tweet button. Please be sure to leave the #nonhuman hashtag in the tweet.

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2. Visit: http://shortyawards.com/TonyTiger2000?category=nonhuman Add your reason why you’re nominating Tony and click Tweet Your Nomination! Please leave the category as Non-Human!

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3. 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!)

Note: Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings. Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.

Please share this post…easy share buttons below…ROAR FOR TONY!!

Keep ROARING For Tony The Truck Stop Tiger! A @Dodo Community Page Post   Leave a comment

FTTT NOTE: We thought it would be a good idea to post a story about Tony to the Dodo Community page. (This post was created by a member of the Dodo Community, where anyone can post fascinating stories, photos, videos and more.) Link to this post on The Dodo: https://www.thedodo.com/community/FreeTonyTheTiger/help-raise-awareness-for-capti-985877325.html

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, was born in July 2000 and has been at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana since he was a cub. According to Mr. Sandlin (Tony’s “owner”) he got Tony from a breeder in Texas. In 2003, three tigers: Toby and Rainbow 18 years old and 8 year old Khan were removed from the truck stop due to AWA volations which included: “unsanitary feeding practices; mishandling tigers; and failure to provide veterinary care, shelter from inclement weather, clean drinking water, and knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers.” The USDA allowed Sandlin to keep one tiger, Tony, who was 3 years old at the time.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to fight for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.(Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014)

Tony has brought worldwide attention to the serious issue of captive tigers in the U.S. where there are more privately owned tigers (est. 5,000 – 10,000) than left in the wild (est. 3,200.) Regarding Tony: Michael Sandlin’s state permit was found illegal and revoked in 2011 by Judge Michael Caldwell; this decision was upheld by The Louisiana Appeal Court and the Louisiana Supreme Court. Though the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had the authority to seize Tony and enforce the law and these rulings, they refused to. When Mr. Sandlin exhausted his appeals he enlisted Sen. Rick Ward to propose a bill to exempt himself from the 2006 law barring private ownership of big cats. The bill was passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been working tirelessly on Tony’s case and has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Louisiana taxpayers, challenging the state’s new special exemption. http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

Sign at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana where Tony has been used as a roadside attraction since 2000. (Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014)

Three sanctuaries have standing offers of homes for Tony. One such sanctuary’s tiger habitats start at 8,000 sq ft or more, all natural substrate, perches, hammock, pool, toys/enrichment and access to an indoor temperature controlled building. Keepers have 4 year zoology degrees and a vet hospital on-site. Another sanctuary recently debuted a 2.5 acre habitat for their cats to “vacation in” with platforms, dens, trees, foliage, a pond and enrichment toys. A sanctuary in Colorado, whose executive director and founder has 35 years of experience in rescuing, transporting, relocating and acclimating tigers and other big cats to their new habitats without incident, can provide a natural habitat 10-20 acres in size on rolling prairie grasslands, complete with swimming ponds and seasonal lakes. They all have underground dens (that stay about 60 degrees year round), shade shelters and play structures, and all kinds of toys and enrichment. His enclosure may be 3200 sq ft, but it’s a dismal 1600 sq ft of concrete and a small “grassy area” that offers him no opportunity to run or engage in any natural behaviors. He has been subjected to the noise and smells of the truck stop and the taunting of tourists for 15 years.

Comparison of Tony’s dismal cage at the truck stop and a tiger in a 2.5 acre habitat at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa FL. (Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014, Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL, PuppyProtector1)

GET SOCIAL WITH TONY!

While Tony’s legal case continues, one of the most important ways we can help Tony is by keeping him in the public eye through social media.

Tony is known on Twitter as the Captive Tiger Ambassador because he raises important awareness for captive tigers in the United States. (Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014)

Tony Nominated For A Shorty Award!

The Shorty Awards recognize the best in social media. Tony’s nomination not only raises awareness to his plight, but to the 5,000 plus captive tigers in the United States. Captive tigers suffer in roadside zoos, circuses, and traveling exhibitions; tigers cubs are bred for profit and used in photo & feeding ops, when they are no longer longer “cute” and “legal” to exploit, and turn into 300 to 500 lb. dangerous cats, they face years of captive life in roadside zoos/exhibits and pseudo-sanctuaries. Others are bred to produce more cubs, end up in canned hunts, or are killed and sold on the black market.

Voting ends February 19th 2015 at 11:59pmEST ~ So if you haven’t voted please do!

As of this post Tony is in 4th place with 182 nominations. Each Official Category will have 7 finalists. These include 3 with the most nominations from the public, 3 selected by members of the Real-Time Academy and 1 Wildcard Finalist. The Wildcard Finalist will be selected by the Nominating Board from among the top 25 nominees with the most nominations after the nominating period ends.

Have a Twitter Account? Click the TWEET button in the picture above to nominate Tony! (Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014)

Ways to Nominate:

  • Click the Tweet button in the picture above
  • 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!

Note: Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings. Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.

Watch and share Tony’s Campaign video:

More info on Tony and the Shorty Awards on his blog:

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/nominate-tony-for-a-shorty-award-tonytiger2000-shortyawards/

              The above picture of Tony appeared in the February 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. (Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014)

Tony’s picture was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine in an article about captive tigers in the U.S.:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/

There was also an article in The Guardian on Tony:
https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/the-guardian-meet-tony-the-truck-stop-mascot-dividing-louisiana/

Stay Social With Tony!

Share his Facebook page and posts:
https://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

On Twitter? Follow @FreeTonyTiger & @TonyTiger2000 and Nominate Tony for a Shorty Awards!

Tony has his own Instagram account: @tonythetruckstoptiger

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tonytiger2000/

Tony’s Petition Is Still Open: https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary Already signed? Please share the link!

Keep ROARING for Tony!

Tony September 2014 (Photo ©FreeTonyTheTiger2014)

Shorty Awards Update!   Leave a comment

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Click the tweet button to nominate Tony!

Thanks everyone for nominating Tony and sharing the information on Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign. If you’ve voted please continue to share the info.

Voting ends February 19th 2015 at 11:59pmEST ~ So if you haven’t voted please do!

As of this post Tony is in 4th place with 142 nominations. Each Official Category will have 7 finalists. These include 3 with the most nominations from the public, 3 selected by members of the Real-Time Academy and 1 Wildcard Finalist. The Wildcard Finalist will be selected by the Nominating Board from among the top 25 nominees with the most nominations after the nominating period ends.

Ways to Nominate:

  • Click the Tweet button in the picture above
  • 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!

Note: Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings. Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.

Rules: http://shortyawards.com/rules

Watch and share Tony’s Campaign video:

ROAR for Tony & Captive Tigers!!

The Guardian: Meet Tony, the Truck Stop Mascot Dividing Louisiana   Leave a comment

Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign Video   Leave a comment

If you have a Twitter account Please Nominate Tony for a Shorty Award!

There are two ways to nominate Tony:

  • 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!

Share Tony’s video and this post, vote, and ROAR FOR TONY & CAPTIVE TIGERS!

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Smithsonian Magazine: America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It   Leave a comment

Re-posting this article from Smithsonian Magazine that mentions the importance of The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act,  (see links below to ask your Congressional reps to co-sponsor it) and features Tony’s picture and story.

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/ask-senate-protect-people-and-big-cats

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

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America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It
No one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United States
By Max Kutner
Smithsonian Magazine
February 2015

Clayton James Eller loved going to his aunt’s house in Millers Creek, North Carolina, where he got to visit Tigger, her 317-pound pet Bengal tiger. One December day in 2003, ten-year-old C.J. was shoveling snow near Tigger’s outdoor pen when the animal attacked him from an opening in the chain-link fence and dragged him under. C.J.’s uncle grabbed his rifle and shot the tiger, but the boy died before he reached the hospital.

Tiger attacks in the United States are always dramatic news—there were 27 reported between 1990 and 2006, with seven people and most of the tigers killed. But maulings aren’t the only problem arising from the perhaps surprising fact that there are more captive tigers in the U.S. than there are wild tigers on earth.

Conservationists estimate that about 3,200 wild tigers remain around the world, while there are some 5,000 tigers in captivity in the U.S., according to the World Wildlife Fund. Even that number is probably low, says Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, an animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, because reporting is “based on the honor system, and we’re dealing with a lot of people that are really dishonorable.” Edward J. Grace, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy assistant director for law enforcement, estimates that the nation is home to more than 10,000 captive tigers. Only about 350 of those, says the WWF, are held in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For the thousands of tigers in private hands, from those in big-top circuses and roadside attractions to others in backyard dens, the regulations are inconsistent at best. Six states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Alabama and West Virginia) place no restrictions on owning a tiger; 14 states require a permit; and 30 states prohibit ownership, though in some of those states people have been known to flout the law, as in the famous case of the man who kept a tiger in his apartment in Harlem.

One of the problems associated with these captive tigers, animal welfare advocates say, is that many of the creatures suffer. For example, the popular and stunningly beautiful white tigers—all descendants of a single, anomalous albino Bengal named Mohan, captured in 1951, and bred with his daughter—continue to be inbred with immediate family members to disabling effect; one frequent defect is severe strabismus, or crossed eyes, which hampers vision and coordination. Moreover, animal rescuers point out that many privately owned tigers live in deplorable conditions. Some tigers spend lifetimes in small, unsanitary enclosures. And wildlife advocates have accused tiger cub exhibitors of depriving the cats of sleep and exercise, and endangering both animals and people. One well-known captive animal is Tony the Tiger, a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal mix who has spent more than a decade in a cage at a truck stop in Louisiana. Baskin has been working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to bring Tony to her sanctuary, but not everyone thinks his owner should be forced to send him. A Facebook group called “Keep Tony Where He Is” has more than 10,000 “Likes,” and Tony’s owner has called animal rights activists terrorists.

Some advocates argue that America’s other tiger problem, to put it bluntly, is hypocrisy, at least on the world stage. In China, a booming market for tiger parts has fueled the growth of legal “tiger farms,” where the animals are raised to be slaughtered for luxury décor (a tiger pelt can run tens of thousands of dollars) and pricey tiger-bone wine (up to $135 for a half-liter bottle). U.S. conservation groups and others have criticized the tiger farms both on humane grounds and for stoking demand for tigers—including poached wild animals. But Chinese officials dispute the claim that farmed tigers threaten animals in the wild, and, in any case, Americans have little credibility on the subject, given our own large but untallied population of neglected tigers and the patchwork of weak or nonexistent protections, according to J.A. Mills, a wildlife conservationist and author of the new book Blood of the Tiger. “U.S. tigers have a direct bearing on what China does,” she says, “and what China does has a direct bearing on whether wild tigers survive.”

So some advocates are heartened that America is trying to get its regulatory act together. The Fish and Wildlife Service has long overseen buying and selling “pure” tiger subspecies (such as Bengals and Amurs) across state lines, but the agency has limited authority because most privately held tigers are mixed breeds; a 2011 move to expand the agency’s authority over all tigers is reportedly close to being approved. Even more sweeping is the proposed Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, which would formally restrict tiger ownership to facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. (A grandfather clause would allow unaccredited owners to keep their tigers as long as they register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.) The bipartisan bill was introduced in 2013 and may come up again in the new Congressional term. Some tiger owners and businesses feel the bill is overly restrictive, but proponents say it would go a long way toward closing the gap between what we say about the treatment of captive tigers and what we’re actually willing to do about it.

Direct Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/

Nominate Tony For A Shorty Award! @tonytiger2000 @shortyawards   Leave a comment

2015 shorty tonyIt’s time for the Shorty Awards again…with your great support, last year we had tremendous success (Tony was one of the finalists in the non-human category last year) with getting the word out about Tony and the plight of captive tigers in the United States.

So…if you tweet and want to help raise awareness for Tony and the est. 5,000 plus privately owned tigers in the U.S. Nominate Tony for a Shorty Award! Twitter has been a very effective platform for networking Tony’s story and the serious issue of privately owned tigers and big cats in the United States and how we can help by supporting legislation – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act – to end private ownership of these magnificent yet dangerous animals. Captive tigers suffer in roadside zoos, circuses, and traveling exhibitions; tigers cubs are bred for profit and used in photo & feeding ops, when they are no longer longer “cute” and “legal” to exploit, and turn into 300 to 500 lb. dangerous cats, they face years of captive life in roadside zoos/exhibits and pseudo-sanctuaries. Others are bred to produce more cubs, end up in canned hunts, or are killed and sold on the black market.

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people – (and tiger) – and organizations on social media. The 7 nominees with the most nominations in this category (nonhuman) will become finalists after the nomination period ends which is Feb. 19th 2015.

“The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media. They recognize the people and organizations producing great, impactful content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web. Millions of people visit the Shorty Awards site every year to support their favorite social media content creators by tweeting nominations.”

Nominate Tony:

  • 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!

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Note: Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings. Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.

Rules: http://shortyawards.com/rules

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