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Tony the Tiger euthanized due to health issues   Leave a comment

GROSSE TETE – A popular tiger at a truck stop in Grosse Tete has been euthanized due to medical issues.

According to Ted Baldwin, the publicist of Tiger Truck Stop, Tony the Tiger was put down Monday. The tiger was 17-years-old, and had been at the truck stop since January of 2001.

Tony suffered from kidney failure and was in declining health, according to Baldwin.

A necropsy will be done by veterinarians to learn more about tiger illness.

Tony came under media attention after animal rights activists petitioned to removed the tiger from his truck-stop facility.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, who is currently suing the truck-stop, released a statement regarding the death of Tony.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is deeply saddened by the death of Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony, and we are devastated that despite our best efforts, he lived and died caged at a truck stop that could never provide the life he deserved,” the statement begins.


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In Memoriam ~ Tony the Tiger 2000 – 2017   Leave a comment

No words…

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

We are deeply saddened to share the death of Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony, and we are devastated that despite our best efforts, he lived and died caged at a truck stop that could never provide the life he deserved.

While we are saddened that we were unable to save Tony from his tragic confinement, we will continue to fight in the memory of Tony and the millions of other animals who have been mistreated, until no more animals are subject to such suffering.

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World Animal Day: Roar for Tony the Tiger and Captive Big Cats in the U.S.!   Leave a comment

Today is World Animal Day. Tony has raised incredible awareness for captive tigers and big cats in the United States. He truly has become the ambassador for his brothers and sisters who are exploited as roadside attractions, used in circuses and traveling shows, and for cubs who are bred for cub-petting and photo ops. We’ve added Tony’s story to the World Animal Day event list in the hope that it will reach more people who will support Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary and help support federal legislation to end the private possession and breeding of big cats in the U.S..

Please take a moment to visit our post and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldAnimalDay


The mission of World Animal Day is “to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.”

Please visit their website to learn more:

We once again thank EVERYONE for their positive support of Tony and for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. Never Give Up…Never Stop Roaring. ♥ Stay Strong T ♥

Urge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to Help Tony the Tiger   Leave a comment

Please sign and share Animal Legal Defense Fund’s new petition for Tony urging Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to help Tony. Short link:

A BIG THANK YOU to our very good friends Wildcat Sanctuary for sharing our post about Tony’s new petition with 2,965,839 of their friends.

Please “LIKE” Wildcat Sanctuary – they are one of the sanctuaries that have a standing offer of a home for Tony.

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Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured a life of captivity at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Held captive in a cage in a gas station parking lot, Tony lives with the stench of exhaust and the drone of diesel engines. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to free Tony since 2011, but Tony’s captor Michael Sandlin, is determined to keep profiting off Tony as a “roadside attraction.”

Lately, concerned truck stop visitors have reported that Tony’s health appears to be in decline. A life of psychological and physical distress is taking its toll on Tony. It’s critical that we take every possible path to free him and let him live out his life at a reputable sanctuary where he can enjoy the space, environment, and veterinary care he deserves.

Sign the petition urging Louisiana’s governor to take all possible action to protect Tony and ensure no other big cats reside at the truck stop in the future.

Tiny Tigers for Tony! via @ALDF   Leave a comment

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Felines, big and small, deserve protection—and now your tiny tiger can help raise awareness and build support for Tony the tiger.

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Living at an isolated gas station parking lot, with the stench of fuel and the drone of diesel engines, is harmful to an animal with such sensitive hearing and an acute sense of smell. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting for Tony for seven years, and we are waiting for a court decision that could final grant Tony his freedom to be relocated to a reputable sanctuary, where he can live out the rest of his life getting the veterinary care and environment he deserves.

To participate, simply print out the “Free Tony” sign, snap a photo of your tiny tiger with the sign, and post it on social media with the hashtag #TinyTigers4Tony.

Click on the either the color or black and white image to print your sign!

Don’t forget to tag us so we can share your photo with our supporters.

Instagram: @animallegaldefensefund
Facebook: @animallegaldefensefund
Twitter: @aldf


Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Summer School – Captive Wildlife   Leave a comment

Click picture to register and watch webinar!

If you missed ALDF’s recent webinar on captive wildlife, you can watch a recording of the session here.

“Matthew Liebman, Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, teaches participants how animal advocates are using state and federal laws to protect wild animals in captivity. This webinar will focus on groundbreaking litigation brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund under the Endangered Species Act, the Animal Welfare Act, and state laws. The cases have sought to liberate Lolita the Orca, Candy the Chimpanzee, Tony the Tiger, Ben the Bear, and others from inhumane captivity.”

Tony’s case was covered extensively. We truly appreciate ALDF’s commitment to Tony and to his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. They have the positive support of Tony’s friends from all over the world.




International Tiger Day 2017   Leave a comment

ROARING for Tony’s wild cousins on International Tiger Day.

International Tiger Day, or Global Tiger Day, was created at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 and is celebrated on July 29th.

Its’ goal is to raise world awareness for wild tigers and support for their conservation. Learn more about wild tigers and the efforts to protect and and conserve these majestic big cats:

It is estimated that close to 3,900 tigers remain in the wild, up from the previous estimate of as few as 3,200 in 2010. In the United States there are more than 5,000 privately owned tigers. Tiger cubs are exploited for photo ops and cub petting/holding. Please don’t support or engage in these activities. Others languish in deplorable roadside zoos, or in Tony’s case, a truck stop.

One of the ways you can help captive U.S. tigers is to support legislation to ban private ownership. Ask your congress members to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act at

Tony has raised tremendous awareness to the serious issue of privately owned tigers in the United States. Follow his case at

We support his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary and the efforts of all who are fighting for Tony. Thank you for your positive support and dedication.

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