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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.

Wishing All of Tony’s Friends Peace This Holiday Season   Leave a comment

We extend our wishes to all of Tony’s friends for peaceful holidays, and our thanks for your positive support and dedication to Tony.

Recent picture of Tony from Instagram…please follow Tony @tonythetruckstoptiger

Recent pic #regram from @madisonhamburg Appreciate all the support…wishing everyone peaceful holidays…be kind to each other and never give up hope. #tiger #captivetigers #tigers #FreeTonyTiger #tonythetruckstoptiger #tigertruckstop #Louisiana

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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…

For Tony and Captive Tigers on World Animal Day   Leave a comment

wad-tony-2016Apologies for the late post…but we wanted to share our entry for World Animal Day highlighting Tony and captive tigers.

Please visit: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/events/view/roar-for-tony-captive-tigers-on-world-animal-day to view.

Learn more about World Animal Day, celebrated on October 4th, 2016, here: worldanimalday.org.uk/

Action to support legislation banning private ownership of big cats can be taken at catlaws.com

Tony’s petition will remain open: https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

We appreciate everyone’s support of Tony and ask for your continued positive energy for him.

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.”

A Captive Tiger Touches Hearts at Palisades Park Library   Leave a comment

tony-painting-watermarkedHow does a tiger caged at a Louisiana truck stop become the subject of a watercolor painting exhibited in a New Jersey library?

Excerpt from “A Captive Tiger Touches Hearts at Palisades Park Library”
PALISADES PARK —Newly mounted in the public library is a watercolor portrait of a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger, his expressive yellow eyes obscured by a chain-link fence and metal bars. It’s based on a dreamlike scene that recently unfolded before Darlene De Santis, a supervisor at the library, when she pulled into a truck stop off Interstate 10 in Grosse Tete, La., a village of a few hundred people about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge. “It’s surreal,” she said. “There’s a cage with a tiger.”

Complete article: http://www.northjersey.com/news/a-captive-tiger-touches-hearts-at-palisades-park-library-1.1661721

Thank you: Steve Cavallo for his amazing work on this portrait of Tony, the Palisades Park Library and everyone who supported this project.

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Louisiana Flood Update   Leave a comment

For those inquiring about Tony and the devastating floods in Louisiana: Calls to the truck stop informed us they were not affected by the floods, and they and Tony were safe. Thank you Desiree Wood for stopping to check on Tony recently (August 18) and for these pictures. Tony was in his den when she visited. If anyone visits Tony please share your pictures with us – email: tonythetruckstoptiger2016@gmail.com
To support animals in the flood areas please visit Humane Society of Louisiana on Facebook and their website: http://news.humanela.org/ for more information.

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