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“How long should you try? Until.”   2 comments

Tony December 17, 2011 (Photo Courtesy of & ©Cloversweed 2011)

November 2 2012: Nearly three months have passed since the last court hearing on August 6, 2012 without a decision.  Tony  is being kept at the truck stop without a permit, i.e. illegally. In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell agreed with The Animal Legal Defense Fund (representing Tony) and their argument that the permit that allows his owner to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. On May 6th, 2011 Judge Caldwell granted a permanent injunction blocking LDWF from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner, and on November 2, 2011 he again prohibited the LDWF from issuing any new permits to the truck stop and ordered the current permit revoked.

While we continue to wait, more importantly – so does Tony, and the best thing we can do is remain positive and supportive of him. Keeping Tony’s story networked so people know he is still at the truck stop is vital. While this is repetitive, please continue to share his petition, sign if you have not already, and share links for Tony on Facebook and Twitter. See below for more info.

December 24 2011: The recent articles about Tony and his possible move to an Oklahoma “exotic animal park” under investigation by the USDA for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs as well as the conditions and practices of this “park” which include money-making schemes such as exploiting tiger cubs in hands-on exhibits and photo ops are of great concern to all of us.

This “facility” is also asking for donations to build Tony a habitat which demonstrates they are not prepared and not equipped to provide the proper home and care that Tony needs and deserves.

There are accredited reputable humane big cat sanctuaries that stand ready to give Tony the home, care, life and respect he deserves.

A sanctuary as defined in the Captive Wildlife Safety Act:

• Must be a non-profit entity that is tax exempt under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code
• Cannot engage in commercial trade in big cat species, including their offspring, parts, and products made from them
• Cannot breed big cats
• Cannot allow direct contact between big cats and the public at their facilities
• Must keep records of transactions involving covered cats
• Must allow the Service to inspect their facilities, records, and animals at reasonable hours

Reference: http://www.fws.gov/le/pdffiles/CWSA_Factsheet.pdf

Clearly this Oklahoma facility does not comply with these regulations. It is imperative we continue our advocacy on behalf of Tony for his release to a sanctuary that is humane, reputable and in compliance with the above stipulations.

ALDF is well-aware of the this “animal park.” Posted by Animal Legal Defense Fund on December 6th, 2011: “Our attorneys are researching various legal strategies for ensuring that Tony goes to a reputable sanctuary, not a roadside zoo.  http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1891

How You Can Help Tony

  • Voice your concerns for Tony to The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for his release to a reputable, established, humane accredited big cat sanctuary that will meet all of his needs.

It’s very important that all correspondence for Tony be done in a respectable focused manner. While we are all very passionate and concerned about Tony, his health and welfare, please remember polite and focused letters have a better chance of being addressed and our concerns taken seriously. When you advocate for Tony, you are representing him – he deserves the utmost respect as do the individual(s) we are writing to.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Maria Davidson
Large Carnivore Program Manager
Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Highway 182
Opelousas LA 70570
Phone: (337) 948-0255
Fax: (337) 948-0213

e-mail: mdavidson@wlf.la.gov

Fred Kimmel (Ms. Davidson’s supervisor)
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 765-2355

e-mail: fkimmel@wlf.la.gov

Bo Boehringer
LDWF Press Secretary
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 225- 765-5115

e-mail: bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

Robert J. Barham, Secretary
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: (225) 765-2623
Fax: (225) 765-2607

e-mail: rbarham@wlf.la.gov

e-mail: sfalcon@wlf.la.gov

web e-mail form: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact

Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
P. O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
Phone: (225) 342-7015
Fax: (225) 342-7099

web e-mail form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

  • New Change.org Petition For Tony  – January 16, 2012  

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

This petition asks the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to ensure Tony is released to a reputable sanctuary.

  • Care2 Petition For Tony CLOSED (53,614 Signatures)

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/ 

  • Comment on these recent articles:

Possible new home for Truck Stop Tiger under investigation
http://www.nbc33tv.com/all-about-animals/possible-new-home-for-truck-stop-tiger-under-investigation

Oklahoma park probed in tiger cub deaths
http://theadvocate.com/home/1608646-125/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html

  • Please continue to share these posts from The Animal Legal Defense Fund on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter:

Victory For Tony!! http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1859

ALDF’s page for Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

What Is Best For Tony? http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1861

ALDF Article: Making Sense of the Current Status of the Tony the Tiger Cases

Sincerest thanks to all of Tony’s friends for your concern, commitment and ongoing support of Tony. Together let’s continue to advocate for him and the home, life and care he deserves.

“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Photos in this slideshow Courtesy of & ©Cloversweed 2011 Thank You for sharing your pictures of Tony all taken December17, 2011 with the exception of the one of Tony with his blue ball from May 2011. Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.108864299212681.12944.100002673354863&type=3

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Oklahoma park probed in tiger cub deaths   Leave a comment

Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger mix on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, reclines in a grassy area in his cage in this December 2010 photo. / Patrick Dennis

By Koran Addo
Westside bureau
December 20, 2011

GROSSE TETE — Tony, the 550-pound tiger on display at Tiger Truck Stop, could be bound for an exotic animal park in Oklahoma that federal officials say is under investigation after 23 tiger cubs died there.

Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin said he intends to send the 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal mix tiger to G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., if forced by the courts to relocate the animal from its roadside display.

Animal-rights activists have been fighting to move the tiger from the truck stop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began an investigation of G.W. Exotic Animal Park on June 15, 2010, after learning of the tiger cub deaths, according to Dave Sacks, USDA spokesman

“We first conducted an inspection and subsequently opened an investigation into the matter,” Sacks said Friday. “That investigation continues.”

Sacks said he didn’t know when the investigation will be completed and declined further comment.

Sandlin said Monday he has toured several animal sanctuaries and is “100 percent comfortable” sending the tiger to the Oklahoma park run by Joe “Joe Exotica” Schreibvogel.

Schreibvogel did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

“The deaths are a concern to me,” Sandlin said. “But I understand there was a problem from the manufacturer with the powder that you mix with water to feed the cubs and some cubs died. I don’t blame Joe for that. It’s just a terrible thing.”

Sandlin said of the 13 tiger cubs born at Tiger Truck Stop in the past 25 years, one was stillborn; another one died for undetermined reasons; and a third, fully grown white tiger, died of pancreatic cancer.

“I have a pretty good record, but you’re going to have problems,” Sandlin said. “I know Joe will love and take care of Tony.”

Sandlin said he chose G.W. Exotic Animal Park because Schreibvogel promised to build an enclosure roughly the same size as Tony’s 3,200-square-foot home at the truck stop.

Schreibvogel previously said he had a 5,000-square-foot cage ready for Tony and is trying to raise $120,000 to build him a 10,000-square-foot habitiat with a swimming pool, waterfall and shade trees.

Last week, Schreibvogel said his business has raised only $100 toward the cause.

Schreibvogel’s promise to keep Tony out of public view was one of the determining factors in choosing the animal park as a final home for the tiger, Sandlin said.

He said he wants Tony to have a quiet retirement.

“It’s not that I want him totally isolated, because he’s used to being around people. There are truck drivers that he recognizes, he’s used to being petted and he’s grown up accustomed to kids stopping by to look at him,” Sandlin said.

He said park staff would be around to care for Tony, so he won’t be isolated.

“It would be cruel to isolate him, “ Sandlin said. “He could grieve himself to death.”

Sandlin also said the park is close enough to his family’s home in Stillwater, Okla., where Sandlin could visit him periodically.

Tony’s future ultimately is up to the courts in Louisiana.

In May, state District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries could not issue any new permits allowing Tiger Truck Stop to keep the tiger on display.

The judge’s ruling came after the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Wildlife and Fisheries, arguing a permit can only be issued to an individual, not a corporation, and the individual must live on the premises.

Tiger Truck Stop is the permit holder, not Sandlin.

“Mr. Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop should be required to abide by the rules,’’ the judge said at the time.

A three-judge panel of the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal threw out that ruling in August after deciding Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop Inc. deserved to be heard as a party in the dispute

Caldwell took up the matter again last month and ruled for a second time the truck stop could not get another permit under Louisiana law.

The truck stop’s permit will expire at the end of the month.

Sandlin’s attorney, Steve LeBlanc, said Monday he asked Caldwell to suspend the ruling barring the state from issuing another permit until the judge can consider Sandlin’s request for a new trial.

If the judge doesn’t grant a new trial, LeBlanc said he will file another appeal with the 1st Circuit. Caldwell’s judgment isn’t final until the appeal process runs its course, according to Bo Boehringer, a spokesman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

If Sandlin’s appeal is denied, Boehringer said, his agency would give Sandlin 30 days to move Tony to a sanctuary of Sandlin’s choosing.

http://theadvocate.com/home/1608646-125/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger.html

Judge denies new trial motion for tiger owner   Leave a comment

BY KIMBERLY VETTER
Advocate Staff Writer
December 12, 2011

The latest effort to keep Tony, a 550-pound siberian-bengal tiger, at a Grosse Tete truck stop has failed.

State District Judge Mike Caldwell denied Tuesday a motion for a new trial filed on behalf of Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop Inc. near Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish.

The motion was filed Nov. 20 after Caldwell ruled the tiger would not be permitted to remain at Sandlin’s truck stop.

Sandlin’s attorney, Steve LeBlanc, said Friday he would file a motion with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to put the judge’s orders on hold and to permit a suspensive appeal, which would allow Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop until after an appellate decision has been rendered.

Bo Boehringer, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman, said Caldwell’s judgment isn’t final until the appeal process runs its course. If Sandlin’s appeal is denied, Boehringer said his agency would give Sandlin 30 days to move Tony to a sanctuary of Sandlin’s choosing.

Sandlin, who was not available Friday for comment, has said he would send Tony to GW Exotic Animal Memorial Park in Wynnewood, Okla., if he loses his appeals.

The owner of the park, Joe Schreibvogel, said he currently has a 5,000-square-foot cage ready for Tony and is trying to raise money to build him a 10,000-square-foot habitat with a swimming pool, waterfall and shade trees.

The habitat would cost at least $120,000, Schreibvogel said, adding his business has only raised $100 toward the cause.

A letter Schreibvogel sent earlier this month to park supporters said money donated to Big Cat Rescue, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Care2 on behalf of “their Free Tony the Tiger campaigns” should “pay for the construction of a new habitat for Tony the Tiger.”

“It’s time the tiger gets what he deserves,” Schreibvogel said.

Carole Baskin, chief executive officer of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla., said her organization raised a small amount of money in 2009 to pay for legal fees regarding its fight to move Tony from his current home.

Baskin said she is willing to house the tiger and doesn’t need any money to do so.

“We’ve had an enclosure waiting for him since 2009,” she said.

Lisa Franzetta, communications director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said her organization has contacted accredited sanctuaries that are willing and able to take Tony at no cost to Sandlin or to the state of Louisiana.

“The fact that GW Exotics is asking for public money just proves how unprepared and ill-equipped they are to care for Tony,” she said.

Representatives for Care2 were not available for comment.

http://theadvocate.com/home/1546068-125/judge-denies-new-trial-motion.html

Judge: Tiger must be moved   Leave a comment

Bill Lodge
Advocate staff writer
November 03, 2011
 
Tony, a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger, is not permitted by Louisiana law to remain at a Grosse Tete truck stop, state District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

Caldwell issued a similar ruling in May, but the state’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal directed him to hold a second hearing that included arguments on behalf of Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop Inc. near Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish.

“The intent of the law is on my side,” Sandlin insisted after the hearing.

Sandlin and his attorney, Steve LeBlanc, said Caldwell’s latest decision will be appealed.

LeBlanc said he will ask the 1st Circuit to permit a suspensive appeal, which would allow Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop until after an appellate decision has been rendered.

Caldwell concluded Wednesday that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries violated its own rules by exempting Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop from permit requirements for owners of big cats.

Caldwell ordered Wildlife and Fisheries to pay all costs of the proceedings, which were initiated by a civil suit filed by the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Frederick Whitrock, attorney for Wildlife and Fisheries, would not comment on Caldwell’s decision after the hearing.

Bo Boehringer, deputy press secretary for Wildlife and Fisheries, later said: “The judge’s decision is being reviewed right now. We don’t have a statement at this time.”

Lisa Franzetta, communications director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said Caldwell’s ruling was in the best interest of the tiger and public safety.

“We believe Tony shouldn’t be kept there,” Franzetta said. “He shouldn’t be kept at a truck stop as a roadside show.”

Franzetta added the big cat should “live out his life in an accredited sanctuary.”

If he loses his appeals, Sandlin said, “Where Tony goes is up to me.”

Sandlin said he would send Tony to GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla.

“If I had to relocate him tomorrow, that’s where he would go,” Sandlin added.

“That’s not an accredited sanctuary,” Franzetta said. She added that the Animal Legal Defense Fund will research state laws for a means of sending Tony to such a sanctuary.

“That’s our endgame in this case,” Franzetta added.

http://theadvocate.com/news/1231711-123/judge-tiger-must-be-moved.html

Pictures of Tony June 30, 2011 Courtesy M. Haik   Leave a comment

All Photos Used With Permission from & © M. Haik

All pictures are used here with permission from and  © M. Haik.

These pictures were taken on June 30th, 2011.  Tony was observed panting and pacing; he walked toward his den but it was gated and locked. Tony lay in front of the den and eventually went to sleep. No one was observed cleaning the habitat or anything in Tony’s enclosure when these pictures were taken. Inquiries to the LDWF regarding Tony being locked out of his den on June 30, 2011 and the previous day, received responses from Fred Kimmel Director, Education and Technical Services Branch LDWF and Bo Boheringer, Press Secretary LDWF. See: Reply From Mr. Kimmel of LDWF & New Pictures of Tony

Please continue to support Tony. Actions you can take can be found at: Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!!  

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Thanks to M. Haik for the use of her pictures of Tony.

Reply From Mr. Kimmel of LDWF & New Pictures of Tony   Leave a comment

Reply from Mr. Kimmel today ( 6.30.2011) concerning inquiry regarding Tony locked out of his concrete den since yesterday:

“LDWF was able to confirm in a site visit this afternoon that the air conditioning unit within the tiger’s habitat was working and the tiger does have access to the enclosed den area.”

Fred Kimmel
Director, Education and Technical Services Branch
Wildlife Division – LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

This reply from Bo Boehringer, LDWF Press Secretary:

“Thank you for your message of concern for “Tony” the tiger located at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La.

LDWF was able to confirm in a site visit June 30 that the tiger does have access to the enclosed den area of the habitat provided for the animal. The truck stop staff reported to LDWF staff making the site inspection on Thursday that the tiger was confined to a non-grassy area within the animal’s habitat earlier this week so the grassy area could be mowed.”

Following pictures of Tony taken earlier today courtesy M. Haik. Please continue to support Tony by signing his petitions and voicing your concern for him. See:  Your Continued Support For Tony Is Still Needed!! for petition links, contact information and more actions you can take for Tony.

Tony locked out of his "den." Photo Courtesy M. Haik 6.30.2011

Tony locked out of his "den." Photo Courtesy M. Haik 6.30.2011

From Examiner.com: How Tiger Truck Stop got a state permit to keep Tony the tiger   Leave a comment

Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, Louisiana Credits: Big Cat Rescue

June 19, 2011 1:45 pm ET
Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

In response to Animal Policy Examiner’s emailed request for information about the history of state permitting for Tony, a ten-year-old, 550-pound tiger exhibited at the Tiger Truck Stop on Interstate 10 in Grosse Tete, press secretary Bo Boehringer of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sent the following reply.

FROM LDWF’S BO BOEHRINGER ON STATE PERMITS FOR TONY THE TIGER:

Responding to your inquiry, here is a brief history on the Tiger Truck Stop permitting situation.

Prior to 2006, there was no state level regulation over big exotic cats.  This allowed virtually anyone to import, possess, and exhibit big cats with little or no oversight, allowing cats to be kept in inhumane conditions without regard to the safety of the cat or the public.

Read the rest of this article at: http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/how-tiger-truck-stop-got-a-state-permit-to-keep-tony-the-tiger?CID=examiner_alerts_article

From 2The Advocate: Group Wants Tiger Moved   3 comments

Activists contest truck-stop permits

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, moves inside his cage at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete in December. The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the state Monday seeking to have the tiger moved to a wildlife sanctuary. Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 12-2-10.

  • By KORAN ADDO
  • Advocate Westside bureau
  • Published: Apr 12, 2011 – Page: 1B
  • An animal rights group fighting to have a tiger removed from its truck stop home in Grosse Tete sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Monday in state District Court in Baton Rouge.

    The lawsuit, filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, references Act 715, a state law enacted in 2006 that prohibits the private ownership of large and exotic cats.

    The law makes a “grandfather” exception allowing people to keep exotic cats as pets as long as the animals were legally owned before Aug. 15, 2006, when the law went into effect, the lawsuit says.

    Matthew Liebman, an attorney for the animal-rights group, said the key words are “legally owned.”

    The group recognizes that Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin owned Tony, a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal mix, prior to the law taking effect.

    Liebman, however, said the 10-year-old tiger wasn’t owned legally because of an Iberville Parish ordinance enacted in 1993 prohibiting anyone from owning “wild, exotic or vicious animals for display or for exhibition.”

    Therefore, Sandlin was ineligible to receive the “grandfather” permits Wildlife and Fisheries issued to him in December 2009 and December 2010 because Tiger Truck Stop was in violation of the parish ordinance, Liebman said.

    The animal-rights group filed the lawsuit to compel the state to revoke Tiger Truck Stop’s permits, Liebman said.

    That action would prompt the tiger to be placed in a wildlife sanctuary, “in much better conditions and away from the truck stop’s diesel fumes,” Liebman said.

    Sandlin did not return messages seeking comment Monday evening.

    Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Bo Boehringer said the agency’s legal department had not yet seen a copy of the lawsuit Monday and the agency could not comment on it.

    Warren Triche Jr., a former Democratic Party state representative between 1988 and 2008, is named as one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

    Triche said he authored the bill making it illegal to own exotic animals in the state for the health and safety of the public and the animals.

    Tony is the last privately owned big and exotic cat in the state,  Boehringer has said.

    There were four privately owned tigers living in the state when the Legislature acted in 2006, Boehringer said.

    The owners of three of those tigers opted to have the cats moved to Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Boehringer said.

    http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/Group-wants-tiger-moved.html?showAll=y&c=y

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