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ROAR For Tony and Captive Big Cats on World Animal Day!   Leave a comment

wad tonyWorld Animal Day Event Link: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/event/roar-for-tony-captive-big-cats-on-world-animal-day/

World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and also to bring attention to the importance of animals and raise awareness for them. It began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animal life and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.

While Tony is in our hearts and on our minds every day, special days like this help to bring his story to more people and gain their support for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Tony’s Petition is nearing 31,000 signatures. Please Sign & Share! Petition link: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act has been reintroduced as HR 1998 in the House and S 1381 in the Senate. Please ask your member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor this bill!
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Ask USDA to Ban Cub Handling
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/33158/Respond

Make Your Voice Count Please visit WSPA http://www.wspamove.org/theun/  and participate in their “Make Your Voice Count” campaign. Tell them why animals are important to you and help move the United Nations to get animal protection onto the global agenda.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Tony. We remain positive and dedicated to ensuring his release to a proper home.

Petition Reaches 30K, Randall Tweets For Tony, Take Action For Big Cats   Leave a comment

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  • Help Big Cats! Here are some important ways you can help big cats in captivity like Tony. Please Take Action at the following links courtesy of Big Cat Rescue of Tampa FL:

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act has been reintroduced as HR 1998 in the House and S 1381 in the Senate. Please ask your member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor this bill!
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Ask USDA to Ban Cub Handling
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/33158/Respond

  • Keep Tony’s Story Networked ~ Share, Tweet, Follow!!

Join Tony on Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Tony’s Story: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tonys-story/

Follow Tony On Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger

http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

Tony on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/#

Tony on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tonytiger2000/

Tony On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tonybill of rights

ALDF Articles:

http://aldf.org/blog/making-sense-of-the-current-status-of-the-tony-the-tiger-cases/

http://aldf.org/blog/victory-in-aldfs-tony-the-tiger-case/

  • Recent Pictures & Videos of Tony Appreciated! If you visit Tony please document your visit with pictures and/or videos and share them with us. Send your pictures and Youtube video links to roar4tony@yahoo.com so we can share them on social networking sites and continue to raise awareness and support for Tony.
  • “Don’t Be Stupid!” Tigers Don’t Belong At Truck Stops! Twitter has been a great platform for Tony with both the @FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000 accounts gathering many supporters and friends. “Tony” recently got RTs and Tweets from Randall, the colorful narrator of the viral video “Honey Badger Don’t Care.”

Thanks again to ALL of Tony’s Friends for your continued support!!

Senate Bill Introduced for Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act!   2 comments

Please reacaptived this press release from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and take action at the two links below:

Tell Congress to protect people and big cats! HR 1998

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

Tell the Senate to protect people and big cats! S 1381

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats-senate

IFAW Gains Senate Support for the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) today introduced (S.1381) the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. Initiated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and supported by a coalition of animal welfare groups, the bill aims at banning private possession and breeding of tigers, lions, and other captive big cats in the United States. The House version of the bill (H.R. 1998) was introduced earlier this year by U.S. Representatives Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Current state laws addressing keeping big cats as pets widely fluctuate, with some states banning the practice while exempting a host of USDA exhibitors, and others with partial to no restrictions at all. The bill would establish a single, nationwide policy against the captive big cat pet and roadside zoo trade, while requiring current owners to register their big cats.

“The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is a common-sense solution to a situation that has spiraled out of control,” Senator Blumenthal said. “Thousands of dangerous big cats are kept in deplorable conditions as backyard pets and in roadside zoos across the nation. This bill would alleviate the threat these animals pose to the general public.”

Congress first introduced the bill in light of the tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio and many others preceding it. In Zanesville, an exotic animal owner released 38 big cats and 18 other dangerous animals and then took his own life. To protect the surrounding community, first responders, who were neither trained nor properly equipped to handle a situation of that magnitude, were forced to shoot and kill nearly all of the animals.

IFAW Campaigns Officer Tracy Coppola notes, “Apart from the serious animal welfare aspects of this issue, we must not forget that it poses a massive burden on the first responders who often find themselves at the forefront of dealing with the dangers that captive big cats pose when kept in private hands across America.”

IFAW’s big cats database (www.ifaw.org/bigcatadvocates) shows that since 1997, incidents involving these captive animals have resulted in 22 human deaths, including five children. Meanwhile, over 200 people have been mauled or injured and scores of big cats have been killed

In addition to the human and animal fatalities, private ownership and breeding of big cats also undermines wildlife conservation because it can contribute to illegal international wildlife trade. There is currently no way to know how many U.S.-born big cats are disposed of or when their parts are illegally sold into the black market.

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act now heads to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. IFAW is calling on citizens, including all first responders, to urge their Senators to co-sponsor the bill today.

More information is available at www.ifaw.org/bigcatadvocates.

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.

Follow IFAW on Facebook and Twitter

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/ifaw-gains-senate-support-big-cats-and-public-safety-protection-act

Global Tiger Day July 29 2013   Leave a comment

tiger day wwf Tigers are magnificent majestic big cats who deserve our utmost respect, protection and advocacy. On Global Tiger Day we hope to raise awareness for tigers, both wild and captive and support efforts to help both.

WILD TIGERS

Sadly there are only an estimated 3,200 of Tony’s “cousins” remaining in the wild,  a decline of 97% since the turn of the century.

Six sub-species remain: Amur, Bengal, Sumatran, Indo-Chinese, Malayan, South China (functionally extinct – has not been sighted in the wild for more than 25 years); Three are extinct: Bali, Caspian and Javan.

Poaching, human-tiger conflict, loss of habitat and prey are the main threats to tigers. Learn more about wild tigers and how we can help support efforts to save them:

http://worldwildlife.org/species/tiger

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/tigers/

  • CAPTIVE U.S. TIGERS

Tony is just one of the estimated 5,000 or more privately owned tigers in the United States and his plight has definitely raised awareness to this serious issue. Captive U.S. tigers are used in roadside zoos and attractions, photo ops and exhibitions, entertainment shows and circuses, pseudo-sanctuaries, bred for profit or are owned as “pets.” From IFAW: “Private possession of big cats is a legal patchwork: 30 states ban private possession, 14 states allow possession with a permit, and 6 states have absolutely no restrictions on private possession at all.” ( http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/big-cat-advocates-map )

  • HR 1998 ~ THE BIG CATS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PROTECTION ACT

One of the most important ways we can help tigers like Tony and other captive big cats in the United States is to support HR 1998 ~ The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill would prohibit the private possession and breeding of captive big cats in the United States except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed. It would only allow breeding at accredited zoos, along with some research or educational institutions.

Learn more about this bill at these links:

http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cats-and-public-safety-protection-hr-1998/

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/action-us-house-introduction-marks-important-milestone-big-cat-protection

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/tigers/big-cats-captivity

  • TAKE ACTION FOR BIG CATS!!

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond (Take Action button on bottom of page)

A follow-up email, phone call or letter to your Congress Member can have a tremendous impact.

1. Go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

2. Enter your zip code to find out your Representative

3. Call Representative’s office and ask to speak to the staff member handling animal welfare issues

4. Tell that staff member to urge the Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 1998, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

  • NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS!! Special Contact Information:

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/new-jersey-residents-lets-roar-for-big-cats/

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  • TONY NEEDS US!!

Everyone’s  dedication to Tony is truly appreciated and we ask for your continued support. One of the best ways we can help Tony is to stay positive and focused on Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary and keep networking for him.

Sign & Share Tony’s Petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Keep Tony’s story active on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Links to share:

ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

ALDF Articles:

http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2053#

http://aldf.org/blog/victory-in-aldfs-tony-the-tiger-case/

Join Tony on Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Tony’s Story: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tonys-story/

Follow Tony On Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger

http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

Tony on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/#

Tony on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tonytiger2000/

Tony On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

Please share this post, check out the links, and take action for captive and wild tigers!

New Jersey Residents! Let’s ROAR For Big Cats!   2 comments

ROAR TIGER POSTER 1998Special Request of New Jersey Residents: We are trying to gain co-sponsors for an important bill, HR 1998 ~ The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act which would ban the private ownership and breeding of captive big cats in the United States except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed. It would only allow breeding at accredited zoos, along with some research or educational institutions.

Track This Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1998

New Jersey Residents:

PLEASE contact your Congress Member and ask them for their co-sponsorship of HR 1998.

My Congressman, Bill Pascrell [D-NJ9] signed on as a co-sponsor on June 25, 2013. If he is also your Representative, please thank him for his support of HR 1998.

As of July 24, 2013 the following NJ Congressmen have signed on as co-sponsors; if any of them are your Representatives, please also thank them for their support:

Pascrell, Bill [D-NJ9]
(joined Jun 25, 2013)

Holt, Rush [D-NJ12]
(joined Jun 27, 2013)

Andrews, Robert “Rob” [D-NJ1]
(joined Jul 10, 2013)

Payne, Donald [D-NJ10]
(joined Jul 10, 2013)

Smith, Christopher “Chris” [R-NJ4]
(joined Jul 10, 2013)

LoBiondo, Frank [R-NJ2]
(joined Jul 18, 2013)

The following direct email addresses are for NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS ONLY. Please take a moment to send an email to your Congress Member asking for their co-sponsorship of HR 1998. There is a sample e-mail at the end of this post.

You can find who your Congress Member is here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/hgb9O

For direct e-mails, contact your Congress Member’s legislative assistant: The email addresses are all in this format: firstname.lastname@mail.house.gov

Rep. Robert Andrews || NOTE: Signed on as a co-sponsor July 10, 2013. Please thank him for his support.
Adrienne Izzo, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
adrienne.izzo@mail.house.gov

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
Kathleen Hazlett, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
kathleen. hazlett@mail.house.gov

Rep. Scott Garrett
Katherine Bloodgood, Animal Welfare Legislative Assistant
katherine.bloodgood@mail.house.gov

*Rep. Rush Holt || NOTE: Signed on as a co-sponsor June 27, 2013. Please thank him for his support.
Chris Gaston, Legislative Director
chris.gaston@mail.house.gov

Rep. Leonard Lance
Molly McDonnell, Animal Welfare Legislative Assistant.
molly.mcdonnell@mail.house.gov

Rep. Frank LoBiondo || NOTE: Signed on as a co-sponsor July 18, 2013. Please thank him for his support.
Jacob Schanzenbach, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
jacob.schanzenbach@mail.house.gov

Rep. Frank Pallone
Brendan Hennessey, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
brendan.hennessey@mail.house.gov

*Rep. Bill Pascrell || NOTE: Signed on as a co-sponsor June 25, 2013. Please thank him for his support.
Kyle Coleman, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
kyle.coleman@mail.house.gov

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. || NOTE: Signed on as a co-sponsor July 10, 2013. Please thank him for his support.
Charles Makings, Environment
charles.makings@mail.house.gov

Rep. Jon Runyan
Jeff Brabant, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
jeff.brabant@mail.house.gov

Rep. Albio Sires
Kaylan Koszela, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
kaylan.koszela@mail.house.gov

*Rep. Chris Smith || NOTE: Signed on as a co-sponsor July 10, 2013. Please thank him for his support.
Dave Kush, Animal Welfare Legislative Asst.
dave.kush@mail.house.gov

*Reps Holt, Pascrell and Smith were co-sponsors last session. This is a good point to mention in your correspondence.

Sample e-mail courtesy of Lions Tigers & Bears:

Dear Congressman [or Congresswoman] _________,

As a constituent concerned about improving the lives of tens of thousands of Big Cats in the United States, I’m writing to urge you to support and co-sponsor HR 1998, the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.”

I strongly encourage you to do everything you can to help pass this critical legislation, which would prohibit the illegal trade of wildlife species and the private ownership or sale of exotic animals. Additionally, the bill would ban individuals from keeping the animals in poor living conditions and protect the public from dangerous situations.

I hope you will support and co-sponsor HR 1998. Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name & Address]

Non-Residents of New Jersey: Take Action Information (easy email contact form and ways to reach your representatives) also provided at: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/big-cats-public-safety-protection-act-hr-1998/

Please share with friends, family, etc. This is a crucial bill for big cats that needs our support! Thank You!

Take Action To Help Big Cats Like Tony! Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act Re-Introduced   Leave a comment

ifaw big catsOn May 16th, 2012, U.S. Reps. Buck McKeon and Loretta Sanchez introduced the 2013 Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (HR 1998), which would prohibit the private possession and breeding of captive big cats in the United States except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

Please ask your Congress Member to co-sponsor this bill.

Easy Take Action Contact Form from IFAW here:

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

Read more about The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act and big cats in captivity at these links from International Fund For Animal Welfare:

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/action-us-house-introduction-marks-important-milestone-big-cat-protection

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/tigers/big-cats-captivity

and this press release from Congressman Buck McKeon:

http://mckeon.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=334250

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