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Tiny Tigers for Tony! via @ALDF   Leave a comment

Reposting from Animal Legal Defense Fund

Felines, big and small, deserve protection—and now your tiny tiger can help raise awareness and build support for Tony the tiger.

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Living at an isolated gas station parking lot, with the stench of fuel and the drone of diesel engines, is harmful to an animal with such sensitive hearing and an acute sense of smell. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting for Tony for seven years, and we are waiting for a court decision that could final grant Tony his freedom to be relocated to a reputable sanctuary, where he can live out the rest of his life getting the veterinary care and environment he deserves.

To participate, simply print out the “Free Tony” sign, snap a photo of your tiny tiger with the sign, and post it on social media with the hashtag #TinyTigers4Tony.

Click on the either the color or black and white image to print your sign!

Don’t forget to tag us so we can share your photo with our supporters.

Instagram: @animallegaldefensefund
Facebook: @animallegaldefensefund
Twitter: @aldf

 

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The Dodo ROARS For Tony!   Leave a comment

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Our sincere THANKS to The Dodo and Dodo Impact for this video of Tony (posted at the end of this article.)
As of this post:

The love and support for Tony and his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary is absolutely amazing and truly appreciated.

TOGETHER We Will #FreeTonyTiger. Please watch and share for Tony.

TONY: 17 Years At Tiger Truck Stop   Leave a comment

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As the month of July begins, we mark another year of captivity at Tiger Truck Stop for Tony. It is reported Tony was born in July of 2000 and acquired as a cub that year from a Texas breeder.

Back in 2009, we learned about Tony from Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida, and wanted to do whatever we could to help him, gain support for his release to a reputable sanctuary and raise awareness for captive tigers in the United States. By bringing his story to social media, people from all over the world learned about Tony and the captive tiger situation in the U.S. With more privately owned tigers in the United States (est. 5,000 plus) than left in the wild (appx. 3,200) support for legislation banning private ownership is very important. The Big Cat Public Safety Act is a federal law that would end the private possession of big cats as pets, props and for their parts. Please help with the passage of this law by contacting your member of congress and asking them to support the bill. Visit: stopbigcatabuse.com where you will be able to contact your representative by phone, e-mail or Twitter.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) began their legal proceedings on Tony’s behalf in 2011. Repeated court victories found the permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries illegal – each victory was met with an appeal by Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop. When Mr. Sandlin exhausted his appeals he enlisted Sen. Rick Ward to propose a bill (SB 250) to exempt himself from the 2006 law barring private ownership of big cats. The bill was passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal (Act 697.)

ALDF has vowed to continue fighting for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary – and to also keep fighting for Tony to honor the memory of Candy, a chimpanzee held captive for decades at Dixie Landin’ amusement park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in lonely, cramped cage without any interaction with other chimps.

Please see ALDF’s timeline of Tony’s case for updates on their current legal actions:

You can support ALDF and all of their tremendous work to help animals here:

The following links provide more information on ALDF’s recent legal actions for Tony:

We thank these sanctuaries for their great support of Tony and for their standing offers of a home for him:

Our final THANK YOU is to ALL of Tony’s friends for their positive support and dedication to this beautiful tiger and to Tony’s release to a safe, clean home that will provide him with the care and respect all animals deserve.

Please continue to support Tony, the “Free Tony The Tiger Campaign”, his legal representatives ALDF, and the wonderful sanctuaries mentioned in this post.

If you visit Tony and take pictures and/or video please share them with us. Tag us on Instagram, Twitter or e-mail: FreeTonyTheTiger17@gmail.com

Keep Tony’s Story networked on social media:

Facebook:
facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Instagram:
https://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/ (@TonyTheTruckstopTiger)

Twitter:
@FreeTonyTiger
@TonyTiger2000

Youtube:
youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

Sign Tony’s Change.org Petition:
change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Personal Note: Visiting Tony, I vowed: We Will Never Stop Fighting For You Handsome Boy…and WE NEVER WILL!

Stay Strong “T” ♥

ALDF Files Motion to Expedite Hearing Regarding FOIA Request   Leave a comment

June 6, 2016 – Posted on Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Facebook page:

“Many of our supporters care about Tony the tiger. We told you in May that we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the USDA for the April evaluation of Tony’s health. We asked that the request be processed quickly.

This request was denied, and we filed an administrative appeal arguing that Tony, and all animals, qualify as individuals under the act. Today, after receiving a hearing for August 21, 2017, we filed a motion to expedite the hearing.

We believe that Tony cannot wait until August due to his urgent health concerns.”

Direct link to post: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalLegalDefenseFund/posts/10154482638261218

Timeline of Tony’s case: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

For a more comprehensive overview of ALDF’s efforts to free Tony, check out their feature article: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger/

Tiger Has Been Stuck At Gas Station For 16 Years via @dodo   Leave a comment

Thank you to The Dodo for your support of Tony and his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary – three of which have standing offers of a home for him. We’re honored to have some our video footage used in the video.

Please leave positive comments at the link: https://www.thedodo.com/tiger-has-been-stuck-at-gas-station-for-16-years-2190029151.html

Videos like this keep Tony’s story active and raise awareness for Tony and the estimated 5,000-10,000 privately owned tigers in the United States.

Over 300,000 views on the video and 900 retweets on Twitter. If you tweet, please click here and retweet: https://twitter.com/dodo/status/819651189469872128

The Dodo’s Facebook post has over 4,200 shares and over 200 comments. See: https://www.facebook.com/DodoImpact/videos/1541396722544082/

Tony’s petition remains open with over 62,000 signatures: https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and positive energy for Tony. Please share.

The Dodo ROARS For Tony!   Leave a comment

Our sincerest thanks to The Dodo for creating this wonderful video for Tony.

We’re honored to have some of our footage used in it from when we visited Tony.

As of our posting,  it has over 427,000 views on Facebook and over 4,300 shares.

Please share and never stop ROARING…

Story behind Tony, Louisiana’s famous truck stop tiger   Leave a comment

Repost from Houston Chronicle. Direct link: http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Caged-The-strange-story-of-Louisiana-s-gas-9236732.php

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At a gas station off Interstate 10, you may not be able to put a tiger in your tank, but you certainly can see a live one while topping yours off.

Tony is a real tiger, living in a real cage at a real gas station about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge. And, his fate has been the epicenter of a five-year fight over whether the tiger should be kept in captivity at the truck stop in Grosse Tete, a village of 670 people whose name means “Big Head.”

The Bengal tiger has been living at Tiger Truck Stop for 16 years and spends his day as a roadside attraction that is odd, even by Louisiana standards. The truck stop revels in the notoriety, selling T-shirts reading “Animal Rights Activists Taste Like Chicken.”

READ MORE: Animal welfare group threatens Houston restaurant giant over white tigers at aquarium

But, Tony’s fate – and the fate of any potential replacement – has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation.

Truck stop owner Mike Sandlin has had Tony for 16 years and has said repeatedly he takes good care of the big cat and genuinely cares about the animal’s welfare. Tony lives in an enclosure with toys, shade and water.

In pictures, Tony’s enclosure appears to be cleaner and more orderly than most truck stop bathrooms.

“Tony is happy and healthy at the truck stop in his 3,200-square-foot habitat,” Sandlin told The Times-Picayune/Nola.com.

READ MORE: Conroe Police release 911 call that alerted authorities to loose tiger

But, Sandlin’s detractors have gone to court to try and free Tony the Tiger, saying a truck stop is no place for a big cat to live. Gas fumes, noise and little room to roam, they say, are tough on a tiger.

“For us it’s absolutely about the welfare for Tony,” Animal Legal Defense Fund lawyer Matthew Liebman told a Louisiana legislative committee in 2014. (This is the same group threatening to sue Houston billionaire Tillman Fertitta over four white tigers living at the downtown aquarium.)

There’s a Facebook group hoping to free Tony along with multiple petitions aimed at doing the same thing, but thus far, they haven’t had much success. And, Tony has drawn fans from around the country, some of whom have gotten tattoos or painted murals of the cat.

Court rulings against Sandlin were thwarted in 2014 by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal (he of the short-lived 2016 presidential run).

Jindal signed into law a legislative nose-thumbing at animal rights activists aimed at helping Sandlin. In short, the law overturned rulings barring corporate ownership of big cats and other exotic animals and exempts Sandlin from the state’s ban on owning big cats.

None of this impacts the Louisiana State University mascot, Mike the Tiger, and the on-campus enclosure.

“The threat of him being drug away to some strange place — never petted, never sweet-talked to again…I would not stand by and see that happen to that tiger,” Sandlin told the New Orleans newspaper. “To have these idiots, these nuts that think they know more about tigers than I do — I can’t stand it.”

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