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Big Cat Public Safety Act introduced in the US House   Leave a comment

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On September 17, 2015 Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 3546) in the US House. The bill, if enacted, will prohibit private ownership of big cats in the US and help to end the national big cats in captivity crisis.

Read more from IFAW at: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/big-cat-public-safety-act-introduced-us-house

Speak Out in Support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act!

Please contact your Congress Member and ask for his/her support. Born Free USA has an action alert at this link:

https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1045

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Global Tiger Day 2015   Leave a comment

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International Tiger Day, or Global Tiger Day – created at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 – is celebrated on July 29th. Its’ goal is to raise world awareness for wild tigers and support for their conservation. Tigers are magnificent majestic big cats who deserve our utmost respect, protection and advocacy. We ‘d like to contribute to this important day by posting links to visit to learn more about wild tigers, captive tigers, and of course to show our love and support for Tony ~ who has himself raised awareness to the plight of captive tigers in the U.S.

WILD TIGERS

Sadly there are only an estimated 3,200 of Tony’s “cousins” remaining in the wild,  a decline of 97% since the turn of the century.

Six sub-species remain: Amur, Bengal, Sumatran, Indo-Chinese, Malayan, South China (functionally extinct – has not been sighted in the wild for more than 25 years); three are extinct: Bali, Caspian and Javan.

Poaching, human-tiger conflict, loss of habitat and prey are the main threats to tigers.

 

Learn more about wild tigers at these links:

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/tigers/tiger_wwf_double_tiger_number/

http://tigerday.panda.org/

http://www.bornfree.org.uk/animals/tigers/

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/saving-the-last-tigers

tiger collageCAPTIVE U.S. TIGERS

Tony is one of the estimated 5,000 or more privately owned tigers in the United States and his plight has definitely raised awareness to this serious issue. Captive U.S. tigers are used in roadside zoos and attractions, photo ops and exhibitions, entertainment shows and circuses, pseudo-sanctuaries, bred for profit or are owned as “pets.” From IFAW: “Private possession of big cats is a legal patchwork: 30 states ban private possession, 14 states allow possession with a permit, and 6 states have absolutely no restrictions on private possession at all. All states but for Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington exempt USDA licensees.”

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/big-cat-advocates-map

http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/education/captive-wildlife-laws/

TAKE ACTION! Protect Tigers: Keep Them Out of American Backyards!

“Shockingly, there are about 5,000 captive tigers in the US—many more than in the wild. Almost all of the captive tigers are owned privately as pets—not by zoos or accredited institutions. Because there isn’t a system to keep track of the tigers, both the American public and the tigers are at risk.”

Please take action at the following link:
https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=797

THE BIG CATS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PROTECTION ACT

One of the most important ways we can help tigers like Tony and other captive big cats in the United States is to support The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill would prohibit the private possession and breeding of captive big cats in the United States except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed. It would only allow breeding at accredited zoos, along with some research or educational institutions.

When the Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act is reintroduced, actions to take will be posted, but in the meantime you can learn more about this legislation here:
http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-act/

TONY

We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to Tony and support of his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. Tony has become the “poster tiger” for captive U.S.  tigers and has raised awareness to this serious issue globally through social media.

A recent Dodo article about Tony’s 15th year at Tiger Truck Stop got tremendous response and support when Mr. Ricky Gervais tweeted it.

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We support ALDF’s continued efforts to secure Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary, three of which have standing offers of a home for him:

Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida ~ http://bigcatrescue.org/

The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN ~ http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg CO ~ http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/

For those of Tony’s friends who may be new to his story, we ask you to reference these articles from Tony’s legal reps The Animal Legal Defense Fund to learn more about the legal battle to “Free Tony The Tiger”:

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger/

Special Thanks to Animal Legal Defense Fund for their extraordinary representation of Tony and dedication to him. Please visit their site to learn more about them and their tremendous work to help animals through the legal system and support their Animal Bill of Rights.

  • Tony’s change.org petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce the law remains open and has over 51,000 signatures:

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

Petitions provide a platform to keep people supportive, involved and updated as well as to demonstrate the interest and support Tony has worldwide.

  • Social media is a major component of the “Free Tony The Tiger” Campaign

Join ~ Follow ~ Share these social networking sites for Tony

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Twitter:
@FreeTonyTiger http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger
@TonyTiger2000 http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/#

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

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

WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

If you visit Tony, document your visit with pictures and/or video and please share them. Send us a tweet via Twitter or email: roar4tony@yahoo.com

Please share this post and ROAR FOR TIGERS on GLOBAL TIGER DAY!

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Happy Holidays To All of Tony’s Friends   Leave a comment

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Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and THANKS for your continued support of Tony. Because of YOU our campaign and advocacy for Tony remains strong and sets such an important example against privately owned big cats in the United States.

There are many actions to take to help privately owned tigers and big cats in the U.S.  One of the most important is to support The Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act.

Here are two links to ask the Senate & the House to support this bill:

Special Thanks to our friends The Animal Legal Defense Fund who continue to fight the legal battle for Tony’s release. To keep up to date with his case and for more background information visit these links:

Timeline of Tony’s case:

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

ALDF Page For Tony:

http://www.aldf.org/tony

Thanks also to these wonderful sanctuaries and organizations for their support of Tony and for their tremendous work for animals:

Big Cat Rescue (Tampa FL)

Wildcat Sanctuary (Sandstone MN)

Wildcat Haven (Sherwood OR)

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg CO)

Born Free USA

Tony’s petition is nearing 46,000 signatures. The petition requests the LDWF to enforce Louisiana state law and ensure Tony is relocated to a reputable sanctuary. If you haven’t signed please do and continue to share.

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

KEEP ROARING FOR TONY! Share his petition, “LIKE” his Facebook page, tweet for him and “with him”  and join Tony on Instagram @tonythetruckstoptiger. See the links below.

GET SOCIAL WITH TONY:

“LIKE”Tony on Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Tony’s Blog: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Follow Tony On Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger

http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

Tony on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/#

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

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

Wishing you peace, happiness and compassion…and as the New Year approaches we will continue our advocacy on behalf of this beautiful tiger with the respect he deserves.

TONY: Stay Strong Striped King…and to quote your Twitter words: “Merry GRRRRRistmas”

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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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Take Action to Ensure that Tony’s Captivity Remains Illegal!   Leave a comment

52014_appeal-TruckStopTony.jpgLouisiana bans nearly all private ownership of big cats—and for good reason. The state correctly recognizes the threats that these deadly animals pose to the community. However, a dangerous new bill in the state legislature could undermine these common-sense restrictions, so we need you to speak out now!

The bill, S.B. 250, would singularly appease Michael Sandlin, who has kept Tony the tiger isolated and on display at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for more than a decade. His truck stop has been cited by the USDA in the past for unsanitary feeding practices, mishandling of tigers, failure to provide veterinary care, lack of shelter from inclement weather, lack of clean drinking water, and no knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers—but his exhibit has not been shut down. Ownership of Tony was even declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeals, but still, Tony continues to languish.

This is no life for an intelligent, athletic animal who would travel miles every day to hunt for prey in the wild. Tony’s acute sense of smell is assaulted by constant diesel fumes, and his sensitive ears listen to roaring engines and taunts by truck stop visitors. His barren enclosure does not include activities to relieve boredom, and he sits under the scorching sun with no pool or other place to cool off. In a sign of immense psychological distress, Tony constantly paces in his tiny enclosure, putting him at risk for painful physical problems.

Why would Louisiana single out Tony for such mistreatment? A crucial component of the fight for Tony (read more here) is preventing S.B. 250 from passing the House Natural Resources Committee. Please tell the Committee members that Tony the tiger deserves better.

https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=67BC965CFF88B099CECD831C785FD246.app325a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

Louisiana Residents: Speak Up NOW for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger! via @BornFreeUSA   Leave a comment

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Special Thanks to Born Free USA for this Action Alert for Louisiana Residents targeting the Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

Visit: https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=D102953AC248282C078C08C95F1623C1.app367a?pagename=homepage&id=885

A hearing on SB 250, which would “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana) is scheduled for tomorrow May 21st at 9:30am. You can view the agenda here: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0521_14_NR.pdf

Not from Louisiana? PLEASE SHARE!

https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=D102953AC248282C078C08C95F1623C1.app367a?pagename=homepage&id=885

How We Can ALL Help Tony!   Leave a comment

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Recap on SB 250, Rick Ward III‘s bill to “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

After failing by a vote of 19 Nays – 18 Yeas on April 28th, it was voted on again on May 13th: The Louisiana Senate PASSED SB 250 by a vote of 20 YEAS to 18 NAYS. The bill was then introduced to the House on May 14 and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Environment.

SB 250 is scheduled for a hearing TOMORROW WEDNESDAY May 21 @ 9:30am. You can view the agenda here: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0521_14_NR.pdf

If you’re a resident of Louisiana PLEASE contact your House Representative and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250, especially if your Representative is a member of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee. List of committee members at the end of this post.

You can also find this list here: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Cmtes/H_Cmte_NR.asp Just click on your representative’s name for contact information at the link.

Born Free USA also has an Action Alert for LOUISIANA RESIDENTS Targeting the Natural Resources and Environment Committee:
https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

(Thank you Born Free USA)

For those of us who are NOT Louisiana Residents, please share the following information so we can reach others.

  • Born Free USA’s Action Alert Targeting the Natural Resources and Environment Committee:

https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

  • ALDF’s Post for Tony:

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

  • ALDF’s Video for Tony:

http://youtu.be/yGbIUEVE_E0

  • ASPCA’s Action Alert for Louisiana Residents:

http://www.capwiz.com/aspca/issues/alert/?alertid=63198706&type=ST&&from=advocacycenterlanding

  • These petitions are also still open for Tony:

http://www.change.org/petitions/louisiana-state-senate-oppose-sb-250-uphold-louisiana-state-law-prohibiting-private-ownership-of-tigers

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

Let’s continue positive yet strong advocacy on behalf of Tony and work together to procure him a peaceful life, expert care, a proper home and the respect and dignity Tony and ALL animals deserve.

Natural Resources and Environment Committee
(Name, District, Email)

Dove, Gordon
52
larep052@legis.la.gov

Bishop, Stuart J.
43
bishops@legis.la.gov

Armes, James K.
30
armesj@legis.la.gov

Billiot, Robert E.
83
billiotr@legis.la.gov

Chaney, Charles R.
19
chaneyb@legis.la.gov

Connick, Patrick
84
connickp@legis.la.gov

Foil, Franklin J.
70
foilf@legis.la.gov

Garofalo, Raymond E.
103
garofalor@legis.la.gov

Gisclair, Jerry
54
gisclairj@legis.la.gov

Guinn, John E.
37
guinnj@legis.la.gov

Harrison, Joe
51
harrisoj@legis.la.gov

James, Edward C. “Ted”
101
james.ted@legis.la.gov

Jones, Sam
50
joness@legis.la.gov

Lambert, Eddie J.
59
larep059@legis.la.gov

Leopold, Christopher J.
105
leopoldc@legis.la.gov

Montoucet, Jack
42
montoucj@legis.la.gov

Morris, James “Jim”
1
larep001@legis.la.gov

Ortego, Stephen J.
39
ortegos@legis.la.gov

Schexnayder, Clay
81
schexnayderc@legis.la.gov

Kleckley, Chuck
36
larep036@legis.la.gov

Leger, Walt III
91
legerw@legis.la.gov

More on SB 250 from @BornFreeUSA, Ace Bourke and @2TheAdvocate   Leave a comment

BFF 05 trophy.aiFrom Born Free USA:

S.B. 250 Adds Another Exemption for Big Cat Ownership

Sponsor(s): Sen. Rick Ward (R-17)

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (4/14/14): The Senate Committee on Natural Resources amended the bill and removed the most harmful line. These changes are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description below.

Bill Description:
Under present law, the secretary of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is allowed to create rules to control the importation and private possession of big exotic cats. Current law also requires that these rules provide exceptions for big cats traditionally kept by colleges and universities, animal sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers, and scientific organizations and for owners who can prove previous ownership.

This bill would add an additional exception for owners who hold a USDA Class C exhibitor’s license. It also allows retroactive application of this exemption, so that Class C exhibitors who had to give up their big cats before may be able to get them back. This bill defines previous ownership as persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.

Background:
Class C exhibitor licenses are surprisingly easy to obtain and extremely broad in their coverage. They represent the bare minimum of animal welfare and public safety standards that an exhibitor is expected to meet. These licenses are often obtained and used as a loophole by private owners who wish to circumvent restrictions on private ownership of species such as big cats.

These lax standards have resulted in numerous tragedies — including severe injury and even death for both humans and animals. See our exotic animal incidents database for examples.

Tony the Truck Stop Tiger is a prime example of why ownership of exotic animals should not be allowed under such loose standards and poor enforcement. Tony is kept isolated and on display at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana by his “owner,” Michael Sandlin, who possesses a Class C exhibitor license. His truck stop has been cited by the USDA in the past for unsanitary feeding practices, mishandling tigers, failure to provide veterinary care, lack of shelter from inclement weather, lack of clean drinking water, and no knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers — but his exhibit has not been shut down. This bill would ensure that operations like the Tiger Truck Stop are able to remain open under Louisiana law. The fight for Tony is ongoing (read more here), and we must try to prevent other animals from suffering in the same conditions.

Read the full text and follow its progress here.

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/legislation.php?p=4213&more=1

sb 250 2From Ace Bourke’s Blog:

Tony the Tiger – Please sign this new petition urgently!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE to OPPOSE SB 250 and to UPHOLD Louisiana State Law PROHIBITING private ownership of tigers.

Louisiana Senator Rick Ward has introduced bill SB 250 seeking to: “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) The bill is scheduled for Senate floor action TODAY.

Tony has been confined for all of his nearly 14 years. We all know that many many animals are confined and imprisoned all over the world, but somehow for me, Tony the Tiger – in a cage at a truck stop – is a symbol of all that is unacceptable in human-animal relationships.

Let’s do our best to get him released and make his last years peaceful and more enjoyable.

You can read more about the issue HERE and see what further actions we can take. Keep up to date with Tony the Tiger via Facebook and Twitter.

Please spread the word urgently!

Many thanks ACE

http://acebourke.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/tony-the-tiger-please-sign-this-new-petition-urgently/

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Sen. Ward’s Twitter profile picture (no longer posted)

From 2theadvocate:

Sen. Rick Ward sponsors a Bill that Exempts certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules. The bill is 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. For more information, visit http://legiscan.com/LA/amendment/SB250/id/15431 or https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/ and share your opinion.

NOTE: Your comments OPPOSING SB 250 NEEDED on this post from 2theadvocate Click here: https://www.facebook.com/2theadvocatebr/posts/617528398331137?stream_ref=10

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