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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/

Update on SB 250 ~ May 29, 2014   Leave a comment

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May 28, 2014:

Despite brilliant legal testimony from ALDF’s Carter Dillard and Chris Green on behalf of Tony, and Pat Craig of The Wild Animal Sanctuary who  provided his expertise backed with 34 years of experience with rescuing big cats, the Louisiana House Natural Resources and Environment Committee passed SB 250, Senator Rick Ward’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.) The final vote was 10 YES to 6 NO. The bill now moves to the House and is scheduled for floor debate on May 30, 2014.

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Breakdown of the May 28, 2014 vote by the Louisiana House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.

 

LOUISIANA RESIDENTS: Please TAKE ACTION AGAINST SB 250. Contact your State House Representatives. Voice your OPPOSITION to this bill and ask them to vote NO on SB 250.

See this post from ALDF: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-inhumane-captivity/ and TAKE ACTION by entering your zip here to contact your representative: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15813

Carter Dillard, Pat Craig and Chris Green provided excellent testimony against SB 250.

Carter Dillard, Pat Craig and Chris Green provided excellent testimony against SB 250.

 

We ALL can help Tony by sharing this information.

Once again THANK YOU Animal Legal Defense Fund, Chris Green, Carter Dillard, Pat Craig and EVERY ONE who is fighting for Tony and his release to a reputable sanctuary that will provide him the care, life, home and respect he deserves.

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