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James Gill: Bill just a favor to local business via @theadvocateno   Leave a comment

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Advocate story
June 05, 2014

Opinions in the legislature were divided over whether a 550-pound Bengal tiger can find happiness living alone in a cage outside a truck stop in Grosse Tete.

No wonder Louisiana is in a pickle. A question that could not be regarded as worth debating in rational circles ate up hour after hour as the session neared its end. If legislators really wanted to know what Tony the Tiger thinks of his current accommodations, they needed only to imagine how they would like living in a cage, or in Grosse Tete or outside a truck stop, let alone all three.

Perhaps you think it a colossal waste of time even to consider a bill exempting truck stop owner Michael Sandlin from a law that bans the “private possession of big exotic cats.” If so, you are not cut out to be a legislator. The bill, after passing the Senate and stirring lengthy and heated exchanges in committee, took up an hour on the House floor, where the state’s $25 billion budget had just zipped through in less than five minutes. Members were reserving their mental powers for the Tony issue.

Naturally, they got it wrong. Any bill intended solely as a favor to an individual business is a perversion of the legislative process, but this one was on its way to Gov. Bobby Jindal after legislators accepted the absurd proposition that it would be an unkindness to release Tony to a huge and remote sanctuary.

Proponents of the bill claimed that animal rights extremists from California were behind the push to wrest Tony away from his tender-hearted owner. If Tony goes, they warned, LSU’s mascot, Mike the Tiger, will be next. It will be only a matter of time, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, warned in committee, before they come after our hunting dogs. Overheated imaginations are common in the Capitol.

Animal League Defense Fund representatives were there in opposition to the bill in committee, making it easier for the good ole boys to call for a united front against meddlesome outsiders. They’ve got some nerve coming down here and asking us to obey our own laws.

The law against private possession of big cats passed the House and Senate unanimously in 2006, and state courts have ordered Tony relocated. Sandlin bought time by filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ban, but evidently decided he had a better chance of success in the long run by pre-empting the justice system and getting his friends in Baton Rouge to carve out an exemption.

LSU has had one for Mike since the law was passed. Zoos and wildlife centers were also included on a list of exemptions, to which Ward’s bill added “persons who continuously possessed their animal” since 2006. Thus, though this bill was strictly for Sandlin’s benefit, all long-time owners of lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards and cheetahs are now welcome in Louisiana. If a big cat ever escapes, let us hope it takes refuge in the Capitol grounds.

Sandlin’s family has owned gas stations here and in Texas for many years, exhibiting a succession of tigers to pack the crowds in. It has evidently worked, for Sandlin, by his own account, can afford to spend huge sums on creature comforts and veterinary care. He sees himself as contributing to the preservation of endangered species. He and supporters argue transferring Tony to a sanctuary would be traumatic or even fatal.

At the committee hearing, the Animal Legal Defense Fund wheeled out Pat Craig, director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, which, one committee member noted, looked from a photograph like the Serengeti Plain. Tigers may have no ancestral affinity for the African landscape either, but we may take it for granted that roaming the sanctuary’s wide expanses would suit a tiger better than breathing in diesel fumes by the I-10 exit ramp. Craig said no cat had ever suffered ill effects from being transported to his place, and Tony would be welcome.

Sandlin, though he says he is devoted to Tony’s welfare, has been frequently cited by the United States Department of Agriculture for neglecting it. Since nobody is at the truck stop overnight, Tony’s current situation also presents an obvious risk to public safety.

If legislators want to do Sandlin a favor, they should just say so and not claim a tiger is better off in a cage. That can only leave us with the uneasy suspicion that they are dumb enough to believe it.

http://theadvocate.com/columnists/9354782-55/james-gill-bill-just-a

Contact Gov. @BobbyJindal ~ Veto SB 250!!   3 comments

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Here is a list of contact information for Gov. Bobby Jindal. PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW for Tony and ask Gov. Jindal to VETO SB 250. Please keep letters, emails, phone calls, etc. on point and polite.

Ways to contact Governor Bobby Jindal and ask him to VETO SB 250:

Action Alert via Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17679

Action Alert For Louisiana Residents ONLY via Born Free USA:https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

Action Alert via Peta: http://ow.ly/xIy5Y

Website Online Contact Form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor (Louisiana is listed as default in “State” just type over with your state)

Phone: 225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121 (Toll Free)

Fax: 225-342-7099

Twitter: @BobbyJindal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bobbyjindal

Click on Message and a box will pop up to write your message

FB JINDAL

Direct email: bobby.jindal@la.gov (Tried and has not bounced back – please report if it does in a comment)

Physical Address:

Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of the Governor
PO Box 94004,
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Sign these two Change.org Petitions:

@BobbyJindal VETO SB 250!!

http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-bobby-jindal-bobbyjindal-veto-sb-250

LDWF: Enforce Louisiana State Law & Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary:

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

Sign this Care2 Petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/589/086/506/last-chance-to-help-tony-the-tiger/

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Protect Tigers from Inhumane Captivity via @ALDF   Leave a comment

In May of 2014 SB 250 passed the Louisiana State Senate and House. The bill would create additional exemptions for big cat owners in Louisiana. The bill now goes to the Governor for consideration. Take action now to ask Governor Bobby Jindal to veto this dangerous bill!

If it passes, SB 250 would create a “retroactive exemption” to Louisiana’s ban on possessing dangerous wild animals. Specifically, it would allow Tony the Tiger to remain caged as a truck-stop curiosity where he is subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24-hours a day.

ALDF is on the ground in Louisiana fighting this bill, and we visited Tony the Tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete in May of 2014. Here is the video we recorded:

As Louisiana supporters already know, this bill was designed to appease Michael Sandlin, whose captivity of Tony the Tiger was declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeals in ALDF’s successful lawsuit. Sandlin has been repeatedly sanctioned by the USDA for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other dangerous wild animals. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. ALDF opposes the possession of big cats because it is inhumane to the animals kept captive, and dangerous to people. Exemptions to the ban on dangerous wild animals waste the state’s resources and put animals in harm’s way simply to accommodate those who want to confine tigers for entertainment or profit.

Take Action!

This outrageous “exemption” bill passed the Louisiana House and Senate. We need to pull out all of the stops—so we are asking everyone to contact the governor right now to tell him that you strongly oppose any exemptions to animal protection laws.

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The Governor needs to hear from you! Please send him a message, urging him to veto SB 250. Join our fight against attempts to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. You can simply say, “Hello. I am concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in Louisiana. I would like you to veto SB 250.”

Take Action Button

For those who are out of state, please join us in sharing this news on social media, so that we can reach more people!

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-inhumane-captivity/

Louisiana House Passes Bill to Keep Tony the Tiger Captive via @ALDF   Leave a comment

Posted on May 30, 2014

For immediate release:

Contact:
Megan Backus, ALDF

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On May 30, 2014 the Louisiana House passed SB 250, a bill that subverts the intent of a 2006 state law prohibiting the importation and possession of big exotic cats. That dangerous wild animal ban was introduced by Rep. Warren Triche specifically with Tony the tiger’s deplorable captivity in mind, and passed unanimously in the Louisiana legislature. However, this new bill, SB 250, carves out a retroactive exemption to place Michael Sandlin above the law that applies to all other Louisiana citizens, and thus imposes a life sentence of caged solitary confinement upon Tony. It further could open the door to Louisiana becoming a safe haven for unscrupulous owners to bring exotic animals from other states.

SB 250 also directly overturns a judicial decision made by the Louisiana Court of Appeal in ALDF’s victorious lawsuit. We have worked long and hard to free Tony the Tiger from life at a truck stop and send him to a reputable sanctuary. The Wild Animal Sanctuary was willing to provide this care and sanctuary for Tony, so that Tony might live out his remaining years in sanctuary rather than a gas station parking lot. The Wild Animal Sanctuary’s executive director Pat Craig, along with ALDF’s Carter Dillard and Chris Green, testified before the legislature and provided expert advice and recommendations in the best interest of Tony.

The bill has not been signed by Governor Bobby Jindal, and ALDF’s next step is to urge Governor Jindal to veto this bill and decline to set such a perilous precedent. Allowing an individual to override court decisions and violate local and state laws in order to retain possession of a dangerous wild animal invites other would-be big exotic cat owners to come forward requesting their own exemptions to state and local laws. Not only would this be a further waste of taxpayer money and a subversion of the legal system, but it would mean more animals suffering the way that Tony continues to suffer every day.

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/louisiana-house-passes-bill-to-keep-tony-the-tiger-captive/

Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!!   2 comments

Update July 18, 2011: The July 22, 2011 hearing is postponed. More info when it becomes available.

Update on ALDF website: A hearing is now scheduled for July 22.

It’s unfortunate and disappointing that The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was granted a postponement of the hearing scheduled on June 14th, 2011. The Animal Legal Defense Fund sought a mandatory injunction which would require the LDWF to revoke the current permit and seize Tony so he would not have to wait until December 2011 for relocation. Why does the LDWF want the hearing postponed? Shouldn’t their concern be for Tony and his health and welfare? No further permits can be granted to Mr. Sandlin from the LDWF – why should Tony have to languish at the truck stop until December? The LDWF needs to exercise its authority and do what is best for Tony – revoke the current permit so he can have the life and care he deserves at a humane accredited big cat sanctuary that can provide all of his needs.

 In a recent article a spokesman for LDWF stated that: The Department receives e-mails and U.S. Mail concerning Tony on a regular basis.” andPublic input favors revocation.” Source: http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/public-input-favors-revocation-of-truck-stop-s-permit-to-keep-tiger-says-louisi

It’s important for us to continue advocating for Tony and for his release before December 2011.

 

Please take action on the following so the LDWF remains aware of our concerns for Tony:

  • Sign and share Tony’s petitions.

ALDF Sponsorsed Petitions:

1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207 (34K plus signatures)

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger (6,200 plus signatures)

Care2 Sponsored Petition

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

Petition Notes:

ALDF has asked for ongoing support of Tony’s petition(s) From: The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Facebook page: Our hearing to argue for Tony’s immediate release has been postponed due to a request by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. We will keep you posted once a new date has been scheduled. Please continue to sign ALDF’s petition to help free Tony!

 Care2 recently stated a petition for Tony though the text in the overview is misleading:

“This May, thanks to efforts by Care2 members and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agreed that Tony should be set free.”

 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries never agreed that Tony should be set free. On May 6, 2011 Judge R. Michael Caldwell issued a permanent injunction barring the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing any further permits to Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin. See The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s post: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1700 and more information at: http://www.aldf.org/tony   

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. A recent reply from Secretary Barham was received. You can use the text of the ALDF petitions listed above as references to construct your letter.

  • Voice your concerns for Tony, for the current permit to be revoked and for Tony to be relocated to a reputable, established, humane accredited big cat sanctuary that will meet all of his needs to:

Secretary Robert J. Barham
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA70898

Phone: (225) 765-2623
Fax: (225) 765-2607

You can also try these e-mail addresses for Mr. Barham; recent correspondence has not bounced back:

sfalcon@wlf.la.gov

rbarham@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Online e-mail contact form for the LDWF: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contact

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

Main Office:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone: (225) 765-2800

Louisiana 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

  • Please continue to share Tony’s ALDF link http://www.aldf.org/tony and the petition links with friends, family, and on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, etc.

Thanks to everyone for their dedication and support of Tony, with ‘freedom” so close for Tony, we must press on. Stay Strong Tony.

For Tony: Recap & Thanks   4 comments

It’s inspiring to see so many people who care about Tony voicing their concerns for him. No matter where we are or what our passions and causes may be, we band together to support one another because of our love and respect for animals. Thanks to the following groups and friends of Tony for recently advocating on his behalf:

 To everyone who participated in this week’s action for Tony directed at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal during Louisiana’s Week For The Animals. Your continued support in actions for Tony would be appreciated; visit  https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/take-action/  

Ian Somerhalder once again “roared” for Tony with a retweet and tweet. Each time Ian sends a “shout out” on Twitter about Tony it triggers great interest about him as well as support. Learn more about Ian’s IS Foundation at: http://www.isfoundation.com/   

 Friends For Seals for their support of Tony on Twitter. This organization is “fighting the annual Canadian Harp seal pup massacre, the largest marine mammal on the entire planet.” For more information and ways you can join their efforts against this senseless brutal slaughter visit:

 http://www.friendsforseals.org/

http://twitter.com/FriendsForSeals  

http://ow.ly/4nAbD

ISF India for supporting Tony and blogging about him: http://ow.ly/4nAn7

 ISF India is another member of the ISF Family. Follow them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ISF_INDIA  

Chans from the Netherlands recently blogged about Tony and Friends For Seals on her site Silent Butterfly: http://silent-butterfly.com/2011/03/28/social-media-to-free-tony-and-save-seals/  and http://silent-butterfly.com/2011/03/02/free-tony-the-tiger/   It’s amazing how Tony’s story has reached worldwide status; blogging about Tony and sharing his story brings more support for him and also raises awareness to the serious issue of privately owned tigers in the United States. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n80OuEA2f3w  

Friends For Seals - Silent Butterfly - ISF India

Remember Tony During Louisiana Week For The Animals   5 comments

Louisiana Governor Jindal has proclaimed March 19 – 27th 2011 as The Third Annual Louisiana Week For The Animals.   There has been an ongoing action for Tony directed at Governor Jindal asking him to address Tony’s situation. Please make a point of contacting the Governor during this week about Tony; it’s especially important for Louisiana residents to advocate on Tony’s behalf.  Please keep your correspondence on point and respectful – while we all are passionate about Tony’s situation, composed and courteous letters, phone calls, etc. have a better chance of being taken seriously. Contact information for the Governor:

1. Call the Governor’s office:

1-225-342-7015

1-225-342-0991

Fax: 1-225-342-7099

2. Postal letters can be sent to:

Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
P. O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004

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

4. Follow Tony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger and tweet this petition at Bobby Jindal:

RT @freetonytiger: Plz RT 2 Sign: Petition @BobbyJindal To Help Tony #Tiger @ #Louisiana #Truck Stop http://act.ly/36o #FreeTonyTiger

Direct link to act.ly petition: http://act.ly/36o You can reference the text of the petition for your letters to the Governor as well.

The 3rd Annual Louisiana Week For The Animals includes events state-wide that celebrate our relationship with animals and also raise awareness to help animals.

From The Louisiana Week For The Animals website:

“Throughout the week, shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state will be hosting exciting and life-changing animal-related special events.  Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens across Louisiana will be joining in planning fun-filled activities to celebrate and help the animals. 

Events will include adoption fairs, spay/neuter awareness events, shelter days, educational displays/programs in libraries, awareness building activities for farm animals and therapy dogs visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

Also to be included are a salute to our canine military and police dogs, feral cat initiatives, animal law events, special educational programs, blessings for the animals, and full-filled festival days for families to come and enjoy food, music and the amazing animals!”

Will Ellen Join Ian and Roar For Tony?   Leave a comment

 Will Ellen join fellow Louisianan Ian Somerhalder and support Tony? Ian’s tweet yesterday on Twitter at Ellen DeGeneres has renewed interest in contacting her about Tony.  Please take a few minutes on behalf of Tony and ask Ellen to join us by supporting Tony.

Ellen’s contact information:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show
PO Box 7788
Burbank, CA 91522
Attn: Fan Mail

Online e-mail contact form:
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=10

On FaceBook:
http://www.facebook.com/ellentv

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheEllenShow

Our tweet at Ellen:

@TheEllenShow Will u join Ian & #TVDFamily & Roar 4 #FreeTonyTiger? #AskEllen http://ow.ly/48ROZ #TVD #BecauseOfIan

The Ellen Show Twitter Feed On Her Site:
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/twitter/

Website:
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/

Reminders For Tony:

If you have a Twitter account please sign this petition for Tony: http://act.ly/36o

And see this link for an ongoing action at Gov. Bobby Jindal: http://ow.ly/49ryf which includes phone, mail and e-mail contact information.

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result” Mahatma Gandhi

For Tony: Ian, IS Foundation, Paws 4 A Cause, TVDFamily   1 comment

Thanks (again) to Ian Somerhalder, IS Foundation, Paws 4 A Cause, and friends of The Vampire Diaries on Twitter #TVDFamily. “Tweets” on Twitter by Ian once more stirred great interest and support for Tony.

Ian, who portrays Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, also has his own organization, , The IS Foundation, whose objective is to bring positive change to the environment, our planet and animals.  Support ISF by signing their petition “Save the Sled Dog: Reform British Columbia’s Anti-Cruelty to Animals Law” at http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-sled-dog-reform-british-columbias-anti-cruelty-to-animals-law

Paws 4 A Cause, is the Annual Ian Somerhalder Birthday Project supporting both the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and St. Tammany Humane Society, Louisiana’s largest not for profit, no-kill animal welfare organization. Please visit: http://paws-4-a-cause.org/2011/02/28/campaign-efforts-free-tony-the-tiger/  to read a great post for Tony by Paws 4 A Cause.

Twitter is proving to be a great source for networking Tony’ s plight.  A special thanks to The Vampire Diaries Family –  #TVDFamily –  for their awesome efforts on Twitter for Tony. People expressed their disbelief in learning about Tony and that he represents one of thousands of privately owned tigers in the United States. Tony has given a name and face to this serious problem; to learn more about these tigers please view the video “Tigers In The U.S.”  from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa Florida at the end of this post and visit End Tiger Farming In The U.S. to take action .


Take Action for Tony by contacting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: http://ow.ly/46vLz

  

“When it’s real you can’t walk away.” TVD

Contact Governor Jindal: 4 Actions To Take For Tony   5 comments

Please participate in these 4 actions directed at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

State your concerns for Tony’s health and welfare and ask the Governor to address this serious animal welfare issue which is allowed to continue in his state. Please keep your correspondence on point and respectful – while we all are passionate about Tony’s situation, composed and courteous letters, phone calls, etc. have a better chance of being taken seriously. While it’s vital for all of us to participate, Louisiana residents have the opportunity to make a real impact by supporting these actions:

1. Call the Governor’s office: 1-225-342-7015 or 1-225-342-0991 This can be an ongoing call in – maybe if we’re consistent it’ll provoke a response.

2. Postal letters can be sent to:
Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
P. O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004

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

4. Follow Tony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger and tweet this petition at Bobby Jindal:

RT @freetonytiger: Plz RT 2 Sign: Petition @BobbyJindal To Help Tony #Tiger @ #Louisiana #Truck Stop http://act.ly/36o #FreeTonyTiger

Direct link to act.ly petition: http://act.ly/36o You can reference the text of the petition for your letters to the Governor as well.

Thanks again to all of Tony’s friends for never giving up on him.

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