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From The IS Foundation: Tony The Truck Stop Tiger   Leave a comment

From The IS Foundation:

We have all heard of “Tony the Tiger”, but have you ever heard of “Tony the truck stop tiger?” Tony the truck stop tiger is a ten year old Siberian- Bengal tiger and he is the current attraction at a local truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Tony has been caged at this truck stop for the past ten years and alone for the past seven years. Tony’s home consists of diesel fumes, loud trucks, and not to mention the harassment of the tourists that come through there day and night.

Tony’s cage is nothing but cement and bars; there is no homey feel to this cage for a tiger. Being in a closed cage with nowhere to run can cause stress on a tiger creating him to pace back and forth. In doing this it can cause the pads on his feet to wear down and become sore and injured. If tigers are caged in they at least need room to run around and stretch their legs as well as a pool to bathe in on hot days; there also needs to be trees for shade and places to hide just as if they were in the wild. Although tigers do live longer in captivity a truck stop is no place for a tiger to be. There is no telling what the fumes are doing to the tiger as well as the stress he is under.

“Michael Sandlin, the owner of Tony and the truck stop, has been cited by the USDA due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including a lack of proper sanitation and improper feeding practices” (Animal Legal Defense Fund).

“On April 11, 2011, ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Sandlin to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop” (ALDF).

“On Friday, May 6, District Judge R. Michael Caldwell of the East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), preventing them from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin to keep Tony as of this December 14” (Care2).

Although Tony doesn’t know it there are people all over the world are fighting for his freedom. Even though he will be free on December 14, 2011 people are still fighting for him to be freed now! ”The ALDF plans to work with the LDWF to find the best home for Tony and will make recommendations on sanctuaries where Tony can live out the rest of his days in an environment that can actually meet his needs” (Care2). We are all looking forward to the day that Tony the Truck Stop Tiger will be able to leave the truck stop and all those harmful fumes and loud noises behind for a new life full of nature and those wild tiger adventures ahead of him.


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Recent Posts For Tony: Ace Bourke & Ask The Trucker   Leave a comment

Thanks to Ace Bourke, and Donna & Allen Smith of Ask The Trucker for their continued support of Tony.

Ace Bourke – co-author of A Lion Called Christian – has again included Tony on his blog. Read Ace’s recent post about Tony, Christian and more:

See “Truck Stop Tiger Wins Freedom”  from Ask The Trucker at: Donna and Allen are avid supporters of Tony having visited him and documented his condition with pictures and videos, writing about him on their blog, and networking his story throughout the trucking community.

A reminder that Tony’s two ALDF sponsored petitions are still open, so please sign if you haven’t and share the links.

From ISF Italian Support: Tony la Tigre Libera!   Leave a comment

Tony received wonderful support on Twitter from Ian Somerhalder, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation and the ISF Family. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation has support groups all over the world that have taken Tony’s story to heart and truly helped in making it a global issue and generating more support for him. Grazie ISF Italian Support for this great post for Tony!

Tony la Tigre LIBERA! – Tony the Tiger FREE!

Ecco come la tenacia e la buona volontà di un gruppo di persone possa contribuire alla costruzione di un mondo migliore, anche se in un piccolo frangente di tempo o in minuscolo angolo della Terra.

La storia di Tony ci insegna che il credere fermamente nelle nostre idee e lottare affinché esse si possano affermare è la chiave per costruire un mondo, in cui essere orgogliosi di vivere.

Il 6 di maggio l’ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund) ha ottenuto una grande vittoria a proposito di questa vecchia tigre siberiana, tenuta in mostra in una gabbia dal 2001 presso una banchina di sosta per camion da Michael Sandlin, proprietario di Grosse Tete Tiger’s Truck Stop in Louisiana. Il giudice R. Michael Caldwell ha deciso che quando a dicembre 2011 il permesso attuale di Sadlin scadrà, non potrà essere rinnovato.Ora si sta cercando un posto in cui Tony possa vivere gli anni che gli restano, lontano dal rumore e dal fumo del Tiger Truck Stop.

Tony non assaggerà mai il sapore della vera libertà, non saprà mai cosa vuol dire vivere nella foresta boreale o temperata mista asiatica (habitat naturale delle tigri siberiane, ndr) e forse non capirà neppure quanti abbiano lottato per garantire dignità ai suoi ultimi anni. Ma crediamo fortemente che questo sia un passo importante verso una sensibilizzazione sempre maggiore dell’opinione pubblica che porti al divieto assoluto di detenzione di questi stupendi animali.

Grazie di cuore a tutti coloro che hanno ruggito per Tony, tramite twitter, facebook o scrivendo alle autorità affinchè fosse liberato! Ce l’abbiamo fatta: prima il nostro slogan era “liberate Tony la tigre”, oggi possiamo dire “Tony la Tigre (è) Libera”.


Here it is how the perseverance and good will of a group of people can help in building a better world, though for a short fraction of time or in a tiny corner of the Earth.

Tony’s story teaches us that firmly believing in our ideas and fighting for them to be affirmed is the key for building a world, we can be proud to live in.

On 6th May the ADLF (Animal Legal Defense Fund) obtained a great victory for this old Siberian tiger, kept in a cage and displayed at a truck stop station since 2001 by Michael Sandlin, owner of Grosse Tete Tiger’s Truck Stop in Louisiana. Judge R. Michael Caldwell has decided that when – in December 2011 – the current permit of Sandlin will expire, it won’t be renewed. Now a new home for Tony is been looked for, where he’ll be able to live his last years, away from the noise and the smog of Tiger Truck Stop.

Tony will never taste the flavour of real freedom, he’ll never know what living in the boreal or mixed temperate forests means (which are Siberian tigers’ natural habitat, author’s note) and maybe he’ll never understand how many of us have fought to assure dignity to his last years. But we do believe this is an important step forward in awakening public opinion, leading to the absolute prohibition of privately detaining such wonderful animals.

Heartfelt thanks to all of you who roared for Tony, through Twitter, Facebook or writing to authorities to ask for his freedom. We have succeeded: once our slogan was “Free Tony The Tiger”, now we can shout it loud: “Tony the Tiger (is) Free”.

By Lucy & Elena

From The Fight for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Heads to Court   Leave a comment

by Stephanie Feldstein · May 04, 2011

For Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger who spends his days as a roadside attraction at a Louisiana truck stop, this week feels as dismal as any other. But Tony’s advocates hope this week will mark the beginning of the end of his captivity.

On May 5, the Animal Legal Defense Fund will appear in East Baton Rouge District Court when the legal battle for Tony’s freedom begin. At that time, they will deliver your petition signatures to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Last week, Leonardo DiCaprio, a longtime advocate for tigers, urged his fans on Twitter and Facebook to help Tony. “Have you heard about Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger living at a truck stop in Louisiana?” DiCaprio wrote on Facebook. “This tiger has been living in a small inadequate and inhumane enclosure since 2003. We need to help the Animal Legal Defense Fund in urging the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the permit that allows this.”

Not only does LDWF have the power to revoke the permit that allows Tiger Truck Stop to keep Tony behind bars but, Animal Legal Defense Fund contends, it was illegal for them to issue the permit in the first place.

In court tomorrow, ALDF will begin to argue the case that the wildlife department violated state regulations on private ownership of big cats. As of 2006, tigers were no longer allowed as pets or exhibits in Louisiana, unless they were already legally owned and grandfathered in at the time the new regulations came into effect.

But ever since 1993, tigers haven’t been allowed in Tiger Truck Stop’s hometown of Iberville. So, as far as state law is concerned, Tony is contraband.

Officials have spent years ignoring the inhumane, illegal situation at Tiger Truck Stop. But then people began to learn about Tony. And they began to speak out for him.

As the call for his release to a sanctuary has grown into a roar, officials have been trying to backtrack. Iberville parish granted Tiger Truck Stop an exemption to keep Tony in 2009 … years too late to qualify for the state permit. Yet once again, in 2010, the state renewed the permit anyway.

What’s different now is that Tony has a legal team that’s forcing the wildlife department to answer for its inhumane inconsistencies in court. And Tony has you to keep his story in the spotlight and pressure the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to do the right thing and get Tony out of the truck stop and into a sanctuary.

Photo credit: Big Cat Rescue

Stephanie Feldstein is a Editor who has been part of the animal welfare and rescue community for over a decade, and most recently worked for an environmental organization.

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