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Why Is A Tiger Still Locked In A Cage At A Truck Stop In Louisiana? via @dodo   Leave a comment

dodoBy Melissa Cronin

There is a truckstop in the middle of rural Louisiana where a tiger lives. That sentence was an entirely true one — and just one part of the sad story of “Tony the truck stop tiger.” Surrounded by loud noises and fumes from diesel trucks that rumble through the station, Tony has long been the target of animal welfare advocates.

Sadly, news broke this week that the 13-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger will likely remain in his cage at the truck stop, despite a lawsuit brought against Tony’s owner, Mike Sandlin. Now, a bill to provide Sandlin with legal exemptions so he can keep Tony is creeping up the political ranks. Local WDSU News reports:

The House voted 67-26 Friday to send the measure by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward, a Republican, to the governor. Ward’s bill would exempt Michael Sandlin – owner of Tiger Truck Stop and a 550-pound Bengal tiger named Tony – from state restrictions on owning exotic cats.

If the bill is signed, Tony will stay at the stop in Grosse Tete, La., despite protests that his enclosure is inadequate. The Animal Legal Defense Fund sums up Tony’s predicament:

In addition to exposure to noise and diesel fumes, Tony is taunted by truck stop visitors. His enclosure lacks adequate enrichment. He has no pool of water to cool off in the blazing heat of the summer. As a result of this stressful confinement, Tony constantly paces in his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions. His suffering demonstrates the problem of privately-owned tigers, whose numbers exceed that of wild tigers.

Tony the truck stop tiger is kept in miserable conditions at a roadside attraction, with loud noise and constant diesel fumes constantly around him. Join us in calling for Tony to be moved from the truck stop to a big cat sanctuary to live out his life in a more natural environment.

https://www.thedodo.com/why-is-a-tiger-still-locked-in-580646827.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb

Note: At the end of this article when you visit the direct link above, you can tweet to sign a petition, share on Facebook, etc.  If you do not have a Twitter account, here is an alternative petition you can sign:

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

Tony: Twelve Years At Tiger Truck Stop   Leave a comment

Photo Courtesy “Mark of the Beast”

According to the sign posted on Tony’s cage, Tony was born in July 2000 –   thus marking 12 years for Tony at the truck stop.

While his case continues to be tied up legally – it’s still very important to remain positive and supportive for Tony and continue to network for him:

Share updates from the  Animal Legal Defense Fund and ALDF’s overview of his case: Making Sense of the Current Status of the Tony the Tiger Cases

Sign and share his change.org petition; Petitions are a good way to keep people supportive, involved as well as demonstrate the interest and support Tony has worldwide. His Care2 petition (now closed) generated over 53,000 signatures.

Share his Facebook page; there are accounts for Tony on Twitter also:

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

Twitter:

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

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

If you visit Tony, please document your visit with pictures and video and post them. Send us a link to your pictures via Twitter or post a link on Tony’s Facebook page. Recent pictures and video remind people he is still at the truck stop.

Thank you to ALL of Tony’s friends – please know your support and dedication to this beautiful tiger is greatly appreciated and so very important in working towards the home and life Tony deserves.

** To Tony:  Stay Strong Handsome Boy – We’ll Never Stop Roaring… **

Photo Courtesy S. Zaunbrecher 2011

Picture of Tony 6.19.2012   Leave a comment

Picture Courtesy S. Zaunbrecher 6.19.2012

Thank you S. Zaunbrecher for sharing this photo of Tony with us.

Petition Update:

Tony’s Care2 petition closed on June 14, 2012 with 53,650 signatures.

Tony’s Change.org petition, now at 16,028 remains open.

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

ALDF Back In Court For Tony May 3rd & 7th   Leave a comment

Update May 2, 2012: Two hearings are scheduled for the coming week in the ongoing case of Tony, the eleven-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger kept at Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop.

On Thursday, May 3, the court will consider the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s most recent lawsuit against the Louisiana Departnent of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The lawsuit, filed on April 5, seeks to force LDWF to do its job of enforcing Louisiana’s big cat ban now that the Tiger Truck Stop and Michael Sandlin are keeping Tony without a permit, in open violation of state law.

On Monday, May 7, the court will hear ALDF’s petition to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the Tiger Truck Stop and its owner Michael Sandlin against the state of Louisiana. Their case argues that Louisiana’s ban on private ownership of big cats like Tony is unconstitutional—flying in the face of the current national sentiment that dangerous exotic animals should be more strictly regulated. ALDF’s petition in intervention supports Louisiana’s power to safeguard public safety and animal welfare through such legislative measures. An ALDF representative will be testifying at the hearing.

http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2023

Please continue to show your support for Tony by signing and sharing his petitions:

Tony’s change.org petition has over 15,000 signatures:

Tony’s Care2 petition is still open and has over 50,000 signatures:

Battle to Free Truck Stop Tiger Continues   Leave a comment

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Lousiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to have Tony, the 11-year-old tiger who’s been living on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., moved to a sanctuary.

The ALDF sued the LDWF and its secretary Robert Barham on Tony’s behalf last year arguing that granting Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, a permit in the first place violated state law. Judge R. Michael Caldwell granted the ALDF’s request for a permanent injunction against the LDWF, preventing them from renewing the annual permit that allows Sandlin to keep Tony.

Unfortunately that decision was overturned because Sandlin was not part of the lawsuit. In November Judge Caldwell ordered the LDWF to revoke Michael Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony and bar him from obtaining another permit in the future. Tony’s advocates, who have been fighting this issue for years, cheered the decision …it seemed like he would finally be free.

Oddly enough, Sandlin’s permit expired at the end of December, yet Tony is still stuck in his concrete prison because Sandlin appealed the decision and nothing can be done until the appeals process is complete.

The ALDF’s new lawsuit is seeking to have the LDWF report Sandlin to local law enforcement for violating a 2006 ban on private ownership of big cats, which Sandlin is currently challenging.

“The state of Louisiana has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to enforce them,’’ said Stephen Wells, ALDF’s Executive Director.

“The court has already granted Tony and ALDF a victory by ruling that Michael Sandlin’s permit to display Tony was illegal. Sandlin, now without a permit, cannot be allowed to continue to exploit this tiger with impunity,’’ he said.

If Sandlin loses his appeal, he will have 30 days to move Tony to a sanctuary.

http://www.care2.com/causes/battle-to-free-truck-stop-tiger-continues.html

Roar On For Tony & Friends in 2012!   Leave a comment

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

With the start of a new year, special thoughts go out to the beautiful tiger we all love and care about: Stay Strong Tony, we are resolute in fighting for the home and life you deserve. One of the best “gifts” we can give Tony is our advocacy for his release to a reputable humane sanctuary. Please see: “How Long Should You Try? Until.” for important ways we can continue to support Tony. Updates will be posted when they become available.

Sincerest Thanks to ALL of Tony’s friends. Your tremendous support and dedication to him positively impacts his release to a proper home. As we voice our concerns for Tony, hopefully we also raise awareness to the problem of privately owned tigers in the United States. What more poignant representative for these tigers could there be than Tony, who has spent his life as a roadside attraction at a truck stop.

On Saturday Tony’s Care2 petition reached 45,000 signatures! The petition is still open and it’s a good medium to keep Tony’s story networked and people involved. A look at the signatures confirms that Tony has touched the hearts  and minds of people worldwide who support his relocation to a proper sanctuary.

Advocating for Tony has opened up a global network of friends with important animal welfare issues – and supporting each other is vital as we advocate for the welfare and rights of animals. Twitter has been a great vehicle for Tony. If you follow “Tony” @TonyTiger2000 on Twitter, you may know some of his “friends” who are also in dire situations and need our help: @LucyLiberte and @AbusedNYCHorse

Please take action on these issues if you agree that keeping a lone elephant in a zoo is cruel and the carriage-horse industry in New York City is inhumane.

Lucy spends a majority of her life indoors.

Lucy ( @LucyLiberte ) is a 36 year old elephant who lives alone at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Lucy was captured from the wild in Sri Lanka when she was a baby and sent to the zoo in 1977. Because of the cold Edmonton weather Lucy spends a majority of her time indoors in her barn. Lucy has a very dedicated group of friends and organizations like ZooCheck Canada and Friends of Lucy who are working towards her release to an elephant sanctuary:  The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) or The Elephant Sanctuary

You can read more about Lucy and how you can help her at these sites:

http://www.savelucy.ca/
http://www.friendsoflucy.ca/

Follow @AbusedNYCHorse on Twitter

 

 

@AbusedNYCHorse tweets for an end to the carriage horse industry in NYC. There have been accidents involving carriage horses as well as horses collapsing; one recent tragic incident saw a horse named Charlie collapse and die on a NYC street. These beautiful animals are worked everyday in all weather conditions and must contend with dangerous traffic and unhealthy inhumane conditions.

How you can help:

Sign these petitions:
http://www.ny-class.org/action/petition
http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-new-york-city-new-bill-needs-support

More information:

NYClass: http://www.ny-class.org/
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages: http://www.banhdc.org

Another petition from our good friends The Animal Legal Defense Fund:
Help Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8993

Keep up to date with The Animal Legal Defense Fund and their tremendous work for the welfare and rights of all animals by visiting them at the following links:

http://www.aldf.org
https://www.facebook.com/AnimalLegalDefenseFund
http://twitter.com/ALDFAnimalLaw
http://www.youtube.com/user/ALDFstaff
ALDF for Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

 Wildcat Haven Sanctuary Update: WCH Sanctuary exceeded their goal of 4,000 “LIKES” on their Facebook page by January 1, 2012! Each new “LIKE” equaled a $1.00 donation and 828 new friends generated $828.00 for the cats! WCH is a great friend and supporter of Tony and they provide exceptional homes for big cats. From the WCH website: “WildCat Haven is an American Sanctuary Association (ASA) accredited 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill sanctuary located in Sherwood Oregon committed to providing permanent homes for captive born wildcats. As a true sanctuary we are not open to the public & do not buy, sell, breed or exhibit. ”

Mac and Shirley, residents of WildCat Haven Sanctuary. Photo Credit: ©2011 Karine Aigner / http://www.karineaigner.com/

Visit these WCH sites:

http://www.wildcathaven.org/
http://twitter.com/#!/wildcathaven
http://www.youtube.com/user/wildcathaven
https://www.facebook.com/wildcathaven

Thanks again to ALL of Tony’s friends for your support of him, his friends @LucyLiberte,  @AbusedNYCHorse, Wildcat Haven Sanctuary, and of course to Tony’s legal team The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

Wishing Everyone A Safe Happy New Year as We Roar On For Tony & Friends in 2012!

“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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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

Victory! Tiger Truck Stop’s Permit Revoked   Leave a comment

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Caldwell of the East Baton Rouge District Court ruled in favor of a motion filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to free Tony, a siberian-bengal tiger, from his concrete prison at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA, where he exists as an attraction for his owner Michael Sandlin.

The ruling will force the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to revoke the permit that has allowed Sandlin to keep Tony for all these years. Not only will the current permit be revoked, but the LDWF will also be prohibited from issuing the Tiger Truck Stop any new permits to keep tigers.

Tony has lived at the Tiger Truck Stop since 2000, he’s been alone there since 2003. His plight has garnered the attention of travelers, animal lovers and celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kristin Bauer who have been fighting for years to have him freed from the cage where he’s been stuck surrounded by the constant sound and smell of trucks and diesel engines.

Last May, Caldwell issued a similar ruling granting the ALDF’s request for a permanent injunction against the LDWF, preventing them from renewing Sandlin’s annual permit as of December on the grounds that it was illegal for them to issue one in the first place, but the Louisiana Court of Appeals overturned the ruling on the basis that Sandlin should have been part of the lawsuit, which led to a new trial.

“We are thrilled that the court made the right decision,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure Tony’s next home is a reputable, accredited sanctuary that can give Tony the life he deserves.”

Related Stories:

Truck Stop Tiger Ruling Overturned

Victory! ALDF Wins Freedom for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

Lawsuit Filed to Free Truck Stop Tiger

Should people be allowed to keep tigers as pets?

Vote at this link:

http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-tiger-truck-stops-permit-revoked.html

94,000+ Friends Have Signed Tony’s Petitions…Have You?!   1 comment

Thanks to everyone for supporting Tony through his petitions.

Combined petition signatures as of this post are 94,366 which unquestionably indicate people do not believe this great cat ( or animal ) should be exploited as a roadside attraction at a truck stop and that Tony deserves a home at an accredited big cat sanctuary that can provide for all of his needs.

Please sign all petitions  if you haven’t already and share the links. Your participation and dedication is important  and appreciated as we keep Tony’s plight active and look forward to a positive outcome on November 2nd when  The Animal Legal Defense Fund  goes back to court for Tony.

ALDF Sponsored Petitions:

1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger

Care2 Sponsored Petition

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

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