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“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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Pictures of Tony June 30, 2011 Courtesy M. Haik   Leave a comment

All Photos Used With Permission from & © M. Haik

All pictures are used here with permission from and  © M. Haik.

These pictures were taken on June 30th, 2011.  Tony was observed panting and pacing; he walked toward his den but it was gated and locked. Tony lay in front of the den and eventually went to sleep. No one was observed cleaning the habitat or anything in Tony’s enclosure when these pictures were taken. Inquiries to the LDWF regarding Tony being locked out of his den on June 30, 2011 and the previous day, received responses from Fred Kimmel Director, Education and Technical Services Branch LDWF and Bo Boheringer, Press Secretary LDWF. See: Reply From Mr. Kimmel of LDWF & New Pictures of Tony

Please continue to support Tony. Actions you can take can be found at: Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!!  

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Thanks to M. Haik for the use of her pictures of Tony.

Reply From Mr. Kimmel of LDWF & New Pictures of Tony   Leave a comment

Reply from Mr. Kimmel today ( 6.30.2011) concerning inquiry regarding Tony locked out of his concrete den since yesterday:

“LDWF was able to confirm in a site visit this afternoon that the air conditioning unit within the tiger’s habitat was working and the tiger does have access to the enclosed den area.”

Fred Kimmel
Director, Education and Technical Services Branch
Wildlife Division – LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

This reply from Bo Boehringer, LDWF Press Secretary:

“Thank you for your message of concern for “Tony” the tiger located at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La.

LDWF was able to confirm in a site visit June 30 that the tiger does have access to the enclosed den area of the habitat provided for the animal. The truck stop staff reported to LDWF staff making the site inspection on Thursday that the tiger was confined to a non-grassy area within the animal’s habitat earlier this week so the grassy area could be mowed.”

Following pictures of Tony taken earlier today courtesy M. Haik. Please continue to support Tony by signing his petitions and voicing your concern for him. See:  Your Continued Support For Tony Is Still Needed!! for petition links, contact information and more actions you can take for Tony.

Tony locked out of his "den." Photo Courtesy M. Haik 6.30.2011

Tony locked out of his "den." Photo Courtesy M. Haik 6.30.2011

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.

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