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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Mourns the Loss of Tony the Tiger   Leave a comment

Posted on October 17, 2017 via Animal Legal Defense Fund

Contact: Natalia Lima, nlima@aldf.org, 201-679-7088

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is deeply saddened by the death of Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony, and we are devastated that despite our best efforts, he lived and died caged at a truck stop that could never provide the life he deserved.

We—like you—are frustrated and angered that Tony continued to suffer at the Truck Stop even after the Animal Legal Defense Fund successfully obtained a judgment in 2012 prohibiting Louisiana from issuing any future permits for Tony’s captivity.  That judgment should have required the State of Louisiana to move Tony to a reputable sanctuary where he could have lived for the last five years in the naturalistic environment he deserved. Rather than giving Tony the life he deserved, however, the Louisiana legislature passed a law exempting the Tiger Truck Stop—and the Tiger Truck Stop alone—from the Louisiana Big Cat Ban, undoing our victory in court and trapping Tony at the truck stop.

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to get that corrupt legislative maneuver declared unconstitutional in time to save Tony.  But rest assured our litigation efforts on behalf Tony’s fellow big cats will not end.

We will continue to fight with vigor to uphold the constitutionality of Louisiana’s Big Cat Ban against the challenges to that law from the Tiger Truck Stop’s owner, Michael Sandlin. A victory in this litigation will ensure that Tony will be the last tiger to suffer at the Truck Stop and there will never be a Tony II or Tony III who will have to suffer the same fate.

“Tony’s tragic death demonstrates how our legal system leaves wildlife, including members of endangered species like Tony, extremely vulnerable to exploitation by incompetent or uncaring individuals,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells.

While we are saddened that we were unable to save Tony from his tragic confinement so that he could join other Animal Legal Defense Fund clients like Rickey the Bear, Njjarra the Lion, and Bear the Wolf at reputable sanctuaries—we will continue to fight in the memory of Tony and the millions of other animals who have been mistreated, until no more animals are subject to such suffering.

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/the-animal-legal-defense-fund-mourns-the-loss-of-tony-the-tiger/

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Tony the Tiger euthanized due to health issues   Leave a comment

GROSSE TETE – A popular tiger at a truck stop in Grosse Tete has been euthanized due to medical issues.

According to Ted Baldwin, the publicist of Tiger Truck Stop, Tony the Tiger was put down Monday. The tiger was 17-years-old, and had been at the truck stop since January of 2001.

Tony suffered from kidney failure and was in declining health, according to Baldwin.

A necropsy will be done by veterinarians to learn more about tiger illness.

Tony came under media attention after animal rights activists petitioned to removed the tiger from his truck-stop facility.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, who is currently suing the truck-stop, released a statement regarding the death of Tony.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is deeply saddened by the death of Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony, and we are devastated that despite our best efforts, he lived and died caged at a truck stop that could never provide the life he deserved,” the statement begins.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Reposted from: http://www.wbrz.com/news/popular-truck-stop-tiger-euthanized-due-to-health-issues

In Memoriam ~ Tony the Tiger 2000 – 2017   Leave a comment

No words…

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

We are deeply saddened to share the death of Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony, and we are devastated that despite our best efforts, he lived and died caged at a truck stop that could never provide the life he deserved.

While we are saddened that we were unable to save Tony from his tragic confinement, we will continue to fight in the memory of Tony and the millions of other animals who have been mistreated, until no more animals are subject to such suffering.

Read ALDF’s full statement: http://dcer237tfveol.cloudfront.net/img/wbrz/files/animal_legal_defense_fund_statement.pdf

( Posted at: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalLegalDefenseFund/photos/a.399866766217.184029.9694956217/10154849315836218/?type=3&theater )

Urge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to Help Tony the Tiger   Leave a comment

Please sign and share Animal Legal Defense Fund’s new petition for Tony urging Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to help Tony. Short link: tinyurl.com/helptonythetiger

A BIG THANK YOU to our very good friends Wildcat Sanctuary for sharing our post about Tony’s new petition with 2,965,839 of their friends.

See: https://www.facebook.com/wildcatsanctuary/posts/10155025189052183
Please “LIKE” Wildcat Sanctuary – they are one of the sanctuaries that have a standing offer of a home for Tony.

Reposting from ALDF:

Direct Link: http://action.aldf.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25299&okay=true

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured a life of captivity at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Held captive in a cage in a gas station parking lot, Tony lives with the stench of exhaust and the drone of diesel engines. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to free Tony since 2011, but Tony’s captor Michael Sandlin, is determined to keep profiting off Tony as a “roadside attraction.”

Lately, concerned truck stop visitors have reported that Tony’s health appears to be in decline. A life of psychological and physical distress is taking its toll on Tony. It’s critical that we take every possible path to free him and let him live out his life at a reputable sanctuary where he can enjoy the space, environment, and veterinary care he deserves.

Sign the petition urging Louisiana’s governor to take all possible action to protect Tony and ensure no other big cats reside at the truck stop in the future.

Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Summer School – Captive Wildlife   Leave a comment

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If you missed ALDF’s recent webinar on captive wildlife, you can watch a recording of the session here.

“Matthew Liebman, Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, teaches participants how animal advocates are using state and federal laws to protect wild animals in captivity. This webinar will focus on groundbreaking litigation brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund under the Endangered Species Act, the Animal Welfare Act, and state laws. The cases have sought to liberate Lolita the Orca, Candy the Chimpanzee, Tony the Tiger, Ben the Bear, and others from inhumane captivity.”

Tony’s case was covered extensively. We truly appreciate ALDF’s commitment to Tony and to his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. They have the positive support of Tony’s friends from all over the world.

#FreeTonyTiger

 

 

Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues USDA for Denying Tony the Tiger is an “Individual” Protected by FOIA   Leave a comment

Posted on July 11, 2017

Organization Seeks Expedited Records Concerning Health of Endangered Tiger

Contact:
Natalia Lima, 201-679-7088, nlima@aldf.org

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture for refusing to recognize a captive tiger as an “individual” whose physical safety is at risk and refusing to expedite the organization’s public records request. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is seeking records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) related to the health and well-being of Tony the Tiger, who has been confined at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete for 16 years.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sought expedited processing, which FOIA requires when delayed disclosure “could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual,” namely Tony the Tiger. The USDA erroneously denied the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s request, asserting that Tony is not an “individual” because the term applies only to humans. The Animal Legal Defense Fund does not agree.

Upon denial of the expedited request, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an administrative appeal challenging the USDA’s decision—which was constructively denied based on the USDA’s failure to resolve the appeal within the statutorily required time period.

Both in the administrative appeal and lawsuit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund argues that Tony the Tiger is an “individual” within the plain meaning of that term. Merriam-Webster defines “individual” as “a particular being or thing as distinguished from a class, species or collection,” which Tony certainly is. Merriam-Webster even includes a usage example specific to a tiger: “[t]he markings on tigers are unique to each individual.”

“The USDA is charged with protecting the interests of animals—yet it erroneously excludes animals from the scope of provisions intended to allow prompt public access to information that might be necessary to ensure the safety and protect the lives of the very animals they are responsible for protecting,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The American people have a right to access information quickly when an animal’s life and safety are on the line.”

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/animal-legal-defense-fund-sues-usda-for-denying-tony-the-tiger-is-an-individual-protected-by-foia/

The Dodo ROARS For Tony!   Leave a comment

dodo tony 7.6.17

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.

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