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#Louisiana Residents! PLEASE Call Your Senators NOW and Tell Them to Vote NO on SB 250!   Leave a comment

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Louisiana Residents! PLEASE Call your Senators NOW and tell them to Vote NO on SB 250! Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your State Senator. You can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like you to vote against SB 250.”

You can find out who your Senator is here: by entering your address. A list of your representatives will generate. You need to call your “Louisiana Senate District #” Senator, not your U.S. Senator.

Senators’ phone numbers:

Please take a few minutes to be a voice for Tony. Share this post with others. It is crucial that the Louisiana State Senate hear their constituents OPPOSE this bill!

More info:

Thank you.

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.

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.

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

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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 or and share your opinion.

NOTE: Your comments OPPOSING SB 250 NEEDED on this post from 2theadvocate Click here:

Actions To Take For Tony Regarding SB 250   Leave a comment

sb 250 2Consolidating actions to take to help Tony regarding SB 250. 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 Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) The bill has passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is up for a vote before the full Senate.

Please take the appropriate actions listed below:

1. PLEASE email the following Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250!!


YOU CAN COPY & PASTE THIS MASS LIST FOR YOUR EMAIL:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

2. LOUISIANA RESIDENTS: It’s crucial to contact your Senators. As their constituents you have influence on the bills they support/oppose.

3. Sign and Share this Petition:

4. Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Easy share options below.

Our support for Tony must remain strong and vigilant. Thank You ALL for caring and for your positive advocacy on behalf of Tony.

Louisiana Residents! Take Action For Tony! via @ALDF   Leave a comment

sb250laversionLouisiana Residents: It’s crucial that your Senators hear from YOU and your OPPOSITION to SB 250, a bill that 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.)

Please read the following alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund and TAKE ACTION NOW!

Dear Supporter,

The Louisiana State Senate is considering a bill that would expand exemptions to the state’s ban on private possession of big cats. 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.

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other large cats. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. The new bill, called SB 250, would create a “retroactive exemption,” expanding the ways in which people could possess big cats in the state. ALDF opposes the possession of big cats because it is inhumane to the animals kept captive, and dangerous to people. Exemptions to the ban on big cat ownership waste the state’s resources and put animals in harm’s way simply to accommodate those who want to confine wild animals for entertainment or profit.

Take Action!

This outrageous “exemption” bill could be heard on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday, April 15! So now is the time to tell your State Senator that you do not support animal protection law exemptions. Please pick up the phone now!

  • Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your State Senator. You can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like you to vote against SB 250.”

Please help us oppose this blatant attempt to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. Tell your lawmakers to keep Louisiana’s big cat law strong instead of watering it down with more exemptions.

Tweetstorm Tweets & Hashtag Info for TODAY’s Tweetstorm!!   Leave a comment


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Link with pre-made tweets for Tweetstorm:

Hashtag we’ll be using is #Shorty4Tony

Please start tweeting at 1pmEST

Help us trend #Shorty4Tony!


Tweetstorm For Tony!! MONDAY APRIL 7th 1pmEST!!   Leave a comment

tweetstromTony is a finalist for a Shorty Award. We thought it would be a great idea to hold a Tweetstorm to show our support for Tony and how he has raised awareness for captive tigers in the United States with his Shorty Awards campaign and nomination. The Shorty Awards Ceremony is also on Monday April 7th and begins at 6:30pmest. More info: Shorty Awards on Livestream TONIGHT 7:30pm:

Please join and help us on Monday April 7th 2014 at 1pmest! Our tweets will highlight Tony’s story, his Shorty Awards Campaign, how captive tigers are exploited, and what you can do to help them.

At 12:30pm  on Monday April 7th, we’ll be posting a link with pre-made tweets and the hashtag to use.


Tweetstorm Tips:

  • Don’t tweet too much the day of (before) the event.
  • Very few countdowns.
  • Tweet as fast as possible. We must tweet fast for an hour straight.
  • Copy+Paste tweets are more efficient than RTs (retweets) and are fast, or use the pre-made tweets we’ll be posting tomorrow along with the hashtag to use!
  • Always include the hashtag in every tweet!

We’ll post the link with pre-made tweets (feel free to use your own too) and the hashtag to use TOMORROW – MONDAY 12:30pmEST here and on Twitter. Be sure to follow @TonyTiger2000 & @FreeTonyTiger

New Pics and Tony “In The News”   Leave a comment

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Tiger Truck Stop (Tony’s “Enclosure” is to the Right) ~ Taken March 2, 2014 ~ Courtesy @PuppyProtector1

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Thanks to @PuppyProtector1 & @sarahzaun for sharing their pictures of Tony.

An article about Tony was posted in The Daily Reveille on February 27th titled: Truck stop tiger raises legal controversy in Grosse Tete

Your comments supporting Tony’s release to a reputable sanctuary are always appreciated on articles. Visit: to leave a comment.

Photo Gallery from Article:

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Here’s a montage of Tony from @PuppyProtector1 from his visit in January 2014

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Please continue to network Tony’s story by sharing posts, pictures and his petition. Thanks everyone for your support.

Tony Is A Finalist For A Shorty Award! Petition Reaches 37K!   Leave a comment

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If you are one of the many friends who tweet for Tony and supported his Shorty Awards campaign aimed at raising awareness for captive tigers, you’ll be happy to hear that Tony is a finalist in the category of Non-Human.

He finished in third place with 335 nominations. Each Official Category has 7 finalists. These include 4 with the most nominations from the public and 3 chosen by a new Shorty Awards Nominating Board made up of professional journalists from around the world.

The winners of the 6th Annual Shorty Awards, as chosen by The Academy, will be revealed at the ceremony on April 7th, 2014 at TheTimesCenter at the New York Times building in New York City.


Tony’s petition reached 37,000 signatures on February 23, 2014. This petition has gathered signatures from all over the world and keeps people updated, supportive and demonstrates the interest in Tony’s case.

If you have signed, Thank You – please continue to share the link: and if you haven’t signed, please do and also share.

The petition and the Shorty Awards nomination are important ways to maintain visibility to Tony’s plight and also to continue networking the serious issue of captive tigers in the United States.

Your positive support and dedication as always is greatly appreciated. Any updates concerning Tony’s case will be posted as we receive them and also reference The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s page for Tony.

TODAY Is The LAST DAY To VOTE For TONY & Captive TIGERS!   Leave a comment

last day nommyThanks everyone for supporting Tony’s nomination in the Shorty Awards. Currently Tony is in second place in the “non-human” category with 309 votes.

While it would be great to win, our goal is to raise awareness to Tony’s situation and that of the estimated 5,000 plus tigers privately owned in the United States; tigers kept as pets, bred for profit, cubs used in photo, feeding and & pay-for-play ops, circuses, roadside zoos, etc. and hopefully we have done that.


If you have a Twitter account PLEASE vote for Tony! Already voted? Then please share this post!

There are two ways you can nominate Tony; we’re asking for votes in the “non-human” category:

You must have a Twitter account to vote!


1. Visit: Add your reason why you’re nominating Tony and click Tweet Your Nomination! You’ll get a screen like the one below asking your permission to allow Shorty Awards to use your account. If you don’t want to authorize  – YOU CAN STILL VOTE! See Option 2.

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2. You can vote right from your Twitter account! No need for authorization. Tweet the following with a reason after because:

I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because…

Nominations must have a reason or they won’t count. Example:

I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because…he raises awareness for captive tigers.

If you already voted, voting again only replaces your original vote. Retweeting someone else’s tweet also does not count.

Share Tony’s Campaign Video ~ Help Raise Awareness For Him & Captive U.S. Tigers! and THANK YOU again for your support and dedication to Tony.

New Pictures of Tony – Jan. 19, 2014 via @PuppyProtector1   Leave a comment


Photo Courtesy of & ©PuppyProtector1 – 2014

SPECIAL Thanks to Tony’s Twitter and Instagram friend @PuppyProtector1 for visiting Tony, taking these pictures and sharing them with us. (See Gallery Below) We’re truly grateful for your concern for Tony and his well-being – new media is always appreciated. Pictures motivate people to be active, stay involved and remain supportive of Tony and the efforts to see him released to a proper home.

THANK YOU @PuppyProtector1!

Ways To Stay Involved:

Tony’s Petition: SIGN & SHARE!

Nominate “TONY” For A Shorty Award!

  • On Twitter: Send a tweet that starts with:

I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because…

Votes must have a reason after “because…” or they won’t count!

More info:

Social links and more after the gallery below. Thanks EVERYONE for your positive dedication and support of Tony.

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