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!
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.
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.
Some photos from Monday night:
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!
Our Tweetstorm for Tony is TOMORROW, Monday April 20th, 2015 @ 1pmEST.
If you need to convert the 1pmEST to your location, visit http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html (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: http://www.arewethere.yt/Tweetstorm-For-@TonyTiger2000—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: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Tony is a finalist for a Shorty Award for the second year in a row in the “Non-Human” Category. (Please note voting ended February 19th, 2015.)
Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign highlights his use of Twitter to raise awareness for captive U.S. tigers.
Watch his video:
We thought it would be a great idea to hold a Tweetstorm to show our support for Tony and to recognize his status as an ambassador for captive tigers.
So if you tweet, join us on Twitter ~ Monday April 20th, 2015 ~ and GET LOUD for TONY! We’d like to demonstrate the awesome support and love he has worldwide and that he deserves a Shorty Award as recognition for his strong social media presence on this important issue.
If you don’t Tweet, we’ve created a Facebook event you can join to show your support: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439167329711107/
The Shorty Awards Ceremony is also on Monday April 20th and begins at 6:30pmest.
Our Tweetstorm will highlight Tony’s story, his Shorty Awards Campaign, how captive tigers are exploited, and what you can do to help them.
At 12:30pmEST on Monday April 20th, we’ll be posting a link here, on Twitter and Facebook, with pre-made tweets (feel free to use your own too) and the hashtag to use. Be sure to follow @TonyTiger2000 & @FreeTonyTiger.
PLEASE START TWEETING AT 1PMEST on APRIL 20, 2015!!
- Don’t tweet too much the day of (before) the event.
- Our Tweetstorm will last one hour.
- Copy+Paste tweets are fast, or use the pre-made tweets we’ll be posting Monday along with the hashtag to use. Retweets (RTs) do not count when trying to get a hashtag to trend!
- Always include the hashtag in every tweet!
Please share this post and the picture in this post! Easy share buttons below. Thanks for your support!
KEEP ROARING FOR TONY & CAPTIVE TIGERS!
Thanks to @junibelle for posting this video of Tony recently.
If you visit Tony, please take pictures, video and share with us.
Tag “Tony” on Instagram @TonyTheTruckStopTiger or tweet us @FreeTonyTiger or @TonyTiger2000.
You can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Ricky Gervais and Ian Somerhalder for tweeting about Tony recently on Twitter. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyTiger2000 and @FreeTonyTiger. Mr. Gervais also posted Tony’s story on his Facebook page where it has so far received almost 1800 LIKES, over 100 comments and 500 shares! Social networking is such a great way to help Tony. So keep tweeting, posting and ROARING for this beautiful tiger!
Ricky Gervais’ tweet for Tony included a link to our Dodo community post and ALDF’s video of Tony:
Ian retweeted this tweet by Tony and it got over 500 retweets: