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From ALDF: Tiger in the Backyard? | 30 Second Animal Law   Leave a comment

From our friends The Animal Legal Defense Fund.

There are more tigers in captivity in the United States than left in the wild. We can help stop the abuse and exploitation of these magnificent cats by supporting The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act

This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

Take Action at this link with the easy contact form courtesy of Big Cat Rescue ~ Tampa FL:

HR 4122 ~ House Bill and S 3547 ~ Senate Bill:

https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Shorty Awards Voting Extended Until Feb. 18th – Nominate Tony!   Leave a comment

Do you Tweet? Have you nominated Tony @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award? We still have time to raise awareness for Tony & captive U.S. tigers because voting has been extended until FEB. 18th! See the following re-post for more information:

shorty tony

Twitter has been a very effective platform for social networking important animal welfare issues such as the plight of our beloved Tony.

Now you can help share Tony’s story and the serious problem of privately owned tigers in the United States by nominating him for a Shorty Award.

Nominate Tony:

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

“Tony’s” Campaign Video – Please Share!


This is a great way to let people all over the world know there are more privately owned tigers in the U.S. (est. at 5,000 plus) than left in the wild (est. 3,200) Tony has been a roadside attraction at the truck stop for all of his 12 years; other captive tigers suffer in roadside zoos, circuses, and traveling exhibitions; tigers cubs are bred for profit and used in photo ops, when they are no longer longer “cute” and legal to exploit, and turn into 300 to 500 lb. dangerous cats, they face years of captive life in roadside zoos/exhibits and pseudo-sanctuaries. Others are bred to produce more cubs, end up in canned hunts, or are killed and sold on the black market.

Twitter

Follow Tony:

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

and Free Tony Tiger:

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

The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act

We can end the abuse and exploitation of theses magnificent big cats. Please Support The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act! This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

HR 4122 ~ House Bill and S 3547 ~ Senate Bill:

https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Latest from Animal Legal Defense Fund on Tony’s Case:

http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2233

Tony’s Change.org Petition:

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

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people and organizations on social media, culminating in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City.

Thanks to all of Tony’s friends for your dedication to and support of Tony. Please share this post and the links throughout it.

Sunday February 3rd @ 5pmEST – Help Raise Awareness 4 Tony!   1 comment

twitter tony 2.3.2013Join us on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 @ 5pmEST when we hold a “Twitter Storm” for Tony to raise awareness and support for him and the 5,000 plus captive tigers in the United States. We’ll be tweeting about Tony, his petition and how to help captive tigers while adding the hashtag #FreeTonyTiger to our tweets.

Organized by Tony’s Twitter friends @ARCrusade, @jenaeseetal and @FreeTonyTiger we’re hoping to trend #FreeTonyTiger

Tony is known all over the world and has terrific support on Twitter with both @FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000  gathering more friends everyday.

Please share this information and meet us on Twitter SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 @ 5pmEST.

If you’re not in the EST zone visit: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to find your time to ROAR with us!

Here are some tweets we’re using now to get the word out – you can use these or make up your own with the date, time and hashtag #FreeTonyTiger

Join Us on SUNDAY FEB 3 @ 5pmEST We’re Trending #FreeTonyTiger Not in EST time zone? Find Your Time 2 ROAR: ow.ly/harp0

Join Our Tweet 4 @TonyTiger2000 Protest Sunday Feb. 3rd @ 5pmEST Let Tony Hear Our ROARS! Trend #FreeTonyTiger ‏

ROAR FOR TONY!! Twitter Storm 4 @TonyTiger2000 on Feb. 3rd @ 5pm EST We’ll Be Trending ►► #FreeTonyTiger ‏◄◄

Are You Ready To ROAR 4 TONY?? Help Us Trend ►► #FreeTonyTiger ‏◄◄ on Feb. 3rd @ 5pm EST! Plz RT!

R U #TEAMTONY?? Join Us on SUNDAY FEB. 3rd @ 5pmEST when we trend #FreeTonyTiger PLZ RT!

Twitter Storm 4 #Tiger kept as a roadside attraction @ truck stop SUNDAY FEB. 3 @ 5pmEST Trend @FreeTonyTiger

Join Our Twitter Storm 4 @TonyTiger2000 & the 5,000+ captive U.S. #Tigers on SUNDAY FEB. 3rd @ 5pmEST Trend #FreeTonyTiger

As we near the date we’ll post more ideas for tweets you can use on SUNDAY FEB. 3rd @ 5pmEST!

Please share this post and thanks for your support.

You can read the an update on Tony’s case from The Animal Legal Defense Fund here: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2233 Next Court Date: FEB. 19th 2013

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

Help captive U.S. tigers and big cats by taking action and supporting The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act! ( HR 4122 and S 3547 ) This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

Please visit this link to learn more: https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond At the bottom of that page is a TAKE ACTION button.

Nominate “TONY” for a Shorty Award!!   1 comment

shorty tony

Twitter has been a very effective platform for social networking important animal welfare issues such as the plight of our beloved Tony.

Now you can help share Tony’s story and the serious problem of privately owned tigers in the United States by nominating him for a Shorty Award.

Nominate Tony:

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

“Tony’s” Campaign Video – Please Share!


This is a great way to let people all over the world know there are more privately owned tigers in the U.S. (est. at 5,000 plus) than left in the wild (est. 3,200) Tony has been a roadside attraction at the truck stop for all of his 12 years; other captive tigers suffer in roadside zoos, circuses, and traveling exhibitions; tigers cubs are bred for profit and used in photo ops, when they are no longer longer “cute” and legal to exploit, and turn into 300 to 500 lb. dangerous cats, they face years of captive life in roadside zoos/exhibits and pseudo-sanctuaries. Others are bred to produce more cubs, end up in canned hunts, or are killed and sold on the black market.

Twitter

Follow Tony:

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

and Free Tony Tiger:

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

The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act

We can end the abuse and exploitation of theses magnificent big cats. Please Support The Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act! This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

HR 4122 ~ House Bill and S 3547 ~ Senate Bill:

https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Latest from Animal Legal Defense Fund on Tony’s Case:

http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2233

Tony’s Change.org Petition:

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

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people and organizations on social media, culminating in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City.

Thanks to all of Tony’s friends for your dedication to and support of Tony. Please share this post and the links throughout it.

From ALDF: Tony, the Truck Stop Tiger 11.29.2012   Leave a comment

tony 01The Truck Stops Here…

From the stench of fuel to the drone of diesel engines and the isolation of his roadside prison, Tony, a 12 year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, has endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. That is why the Animal Legal Defense Fund has taken to the Louisiana courts to free Tony the Tiger from this truck stop nightmare. We won our lawsuit to prevent Tony’s “owner” Michael Sandlin from renewing his permit, but Sandlin appealed, and we are waiting for the Louisiana Court of Appeal to hear the case. Sandlin subsequently filed his own lawsuit to overturn the state’s ban on big cat ownership. ALDF sought to have the case dismissed and is waiting for the trial court to decide if the suit will move forward.

Sandlin has exploited tigers for over 20 years: buying, breeding, selling, and exhibiting tigers in poor conditions for his own profit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Sandlin’s truck stop in the past for unsanitary feeding practices; mishandling tigers; and failure to provide veterinary care, shelter from inclement weather, clean drinking water, and knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers. In 2003, Sandlin’s animal welfare violations sparked public outcry, and three tigers were removed to a Tennessee sanctuary. The USDA allowed Sandlin to keep one tiger: Tony. He has been alone ever since.tony 02

Life at the truck stop is harmful to an animal with such sensitive hearing and acute sense of smell, says veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, who has cared for captive large cats for nearly two decades. After visiting Tony, she declared he is “in poor condition and needs intervention on his behalf.” In addition to exposure to noise and diesel fumes, Tony is taunted by truck stop visitors. His enclosure lacks adequate enrichment. He has no pool of water to cool off in the blazing heat of the summer. As a result of this stressful confinement, Tony constantly paces in his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions.

His suffering demonstrates the problem of privately-owned tigers, whose numbers exceed that of wild tigers. There are less than 500 Siberian and only 2,500 Bengal tigers left in the wild. In their natural habitat, tigers live alone, travel many miles to hunt, and avoid humans.

ALDF Sues to Have Tony Freed

In 2010, ALDF sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing Sandlin a permit to keep and exhibit Tony. ALDF was joined by several Louisiana residents as co-plaintiffs, including Warren Triche, the state representative who authored the Louisiana state law banning private ownership of tigers. In November 2011, Judge Michael Caldwell ordered LDWF to revoke Sandlin’s permit and prohibited the agency from issuing future permits. Sandlin appealed this decision to the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit. We have briefed the case and are awaiting an oral argument date. Once the court hears our arguments, we will await a final decision. Meanwhile, Sandlin continues to exhibit Tony without a permit.

LDWF publicly stated it intends to enforce Louisiana law when litigation has concluded—although they could seize Tony now, at their discretion. State law bars Sandlin from owning and exhibiting a tiger because he did not legally own Tony when Louisiana’s big cat ban went into effect, and because Sandlin does not live on the premises where Tony is held captive. After all, who would want to live in a truck stop? Not Sandlin… and definitely not Tony.

ALDF Intervenes to Defend Big Cat Law

After losing his permit, Sandlin filed his own lawsuit against the State of Louisiana, the LDWF, and Iberville Parish to overturn the state ban on private possession of big cats. This suit flies in the face of national sentiment, public safety, and animal welfare concerns. After the massacre of 48 exotic animals in Ohio in 2011, state and federal bills (like HR 4122) are being considered to prohibit ownership of big cats. Although ALDF was not named as a defendant in Sandlin’s suit, we successfully petitioned the court to allow us to intervene in the case to support Louisiana’s right to safeguard public safety and the welfare of animals like Tony. LDWF and ALDF each filed exceptions to Sandlin’s case, seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed, and a decision is expected soon.

Next Steps: We Wait While Tony Paces

The world waits with bated breath for the results of ALDF’s suit and of Sandlin’s appeal. Meanwhile Tony remains trapped at the truck stop. ALDF’s legal battle for Tony has drawn support from high profile advocates like Leonardo DiCaprio and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten and has galvanized activists around the world. The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. is providing pro bono assistance.

We are currently waiting for the Louisiana Court of Appeal to hear our case. We are also waiting for the trial court to decide if Sandlin’s suit will move forward. Tony’s fate is tied up in the courts, but ALDF is keeping the pressure on.

We will post updates on Tony’s case as they become available.

NOTE: Article courtesy of  Animal Legal Defense Fund. You can leave a comment of thanks to ALDF and support for Tony at the end of this article here: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2233 on ALDF’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalLegalDefenseFund and retweet on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aldf/status/274297585769013248

Let’s continue our positive dedicated advocacy on behalf of Tony. Thank you.

Tony’s Petition Reaches 17,900   Leave a comment

As we still await word on the August 6, 2012 hearing, let’s continue to keep Tony’s story active by supporting his change.org petition.
We’re only 100 signatures away from 18,000 –  a true indication of the concern and love people have worldwide for Tony.

If you haven’t signed, please add your support for Tony’s release to a reputable sanctuary here: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary and share the link.

Petitions are an effective  platform to gain support and let the public know, despite two rulings in Tony’s favor, he remains at the truck stop. Read more about Tony’s case from The Animal Legal Defense Fund: Making Sense of the Current Status of the Tony the Tiger Cases

Thanks again to ALL of Tony’s friends for your support and dedication to him.

Please also take a moment to help big cats in the United States by asking your Congress Member to support H.R.4122 – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

Take Action At These Links:

  • Enter your zip code at Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL’s Action Alert for a fast easy way to voice your support of this bill and ask your congressperson to co-sponsor it:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/bills/?bill=61054001

  • The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Action Alert for H.R. 4122:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10989

  • IFAW’s  (International Fund For Animal Welfare) Action Alert

http://www.ifaw.org/us/get-involved/protect-big-cats-cruelty

  • You can also sign this petition: Tell Congress: Big Cats are NOT Pets!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/841/285/240/

  • and show your support for H.R. 4122 at PopVox:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr4122

ALDF: Strengthen Federal Law to Protect Big Cats   Leave a comment

Click the tiger’s picture to help big cats like Tony!

Please take action for big cats via this alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Via ALDF:

Many big cats such as Tony the truck stop tiger languish in deplorable conditions with no hope of freedom. Join us in urging Congressional representatives to support a new law to protect big cats from a similar fate.

Protect big cats and public safety!

In October 2011, sheriff’s deputies in Zanesville, Ohio responded to calls about a loose African lion and bear sighted by neighbors of an exotic animal “farm.” Officers soon discovered that the farm’s owner, Terry Thompson, had intentionally released over 50 exotic animals from his farm and then committed suicide. In the name of public safety, the deputies tracked down and shot the released animals. At the conclusion of the massacre, the pile of carcasses included 18 tigers, 17 African lions, and three mountain lions, as well as bears, wolves, and a baboon. Thompson had previous convictions for cruelty to animals and possession of illegal firearms.

This tragedy highlights the critical need for laws to prohibit possession of wild and exotic animals as “pets.” Among the problems caused by the wild animal trade:

  • In the U.S., an estimated 10,000 – 20,000 big cats are currently in private hands, causing significant public safety concerns by endangering neighbors — including children and pets — as well as officers who act as first responders.
  • The animals are frequently victims of neglect, living in deplorable conditions. Additionally, some captors might use the animals for illegal international trade in their parts.
  • Taxpayers and local agencies bear a high financial burden when dangerous animals escape or when they are seized due to cruelty and neglect.

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 4122) would help stem the exotic “pet” trade by strengthening provisions in federal law by prohibiting future breeding, possessing, or owning of lions, tigers, and other big cats. The bill also would require people who currently possess big cats to register those animals with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This bill amends the Lacey Act, which already provides exemptions for government agencies and wildlife sanctuaries. H.R. 4122 adds an exemption for accredited zoos, too.

Take Action!

Urge your Congressional representative to support the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act to protect people and animals by completing the information to the right! H.R. 4122 has bipartisan support, but it is languishing in a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Please take action today!

Visit: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10989

ALDF Back in Court Demanding State Take Action on Tony the Truck Stop Tiger, Now Exhibited Without a Permit   Leave a comment

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

April 5th, 2012

After Baton Rouge Court’s Ruling Revoking Invalid Permit, ALDF Files Lawsuit Demanding Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Put an End to Owner’s Illegal Possession of the Big Cat

For immediate release

Contact:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Baton Rouge, La. – This morning, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit to force the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to do its job of enforcing Louisiana’s big cat ban in the case of Tony, Grosse Tete’s “truck stop tiger.” Michael Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony, an eleven-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, expired in December, yet he has continued to keep Tony confined at the Tiger Truck Stop, in open violation of state law. ALDF’s lawsuit would compel the Department to take steps to enforce the law and report Sandlin’s illegal possession of Tony to local law enforcement for prosecution. In addition, ALDF, along with two Louisiana residents, today filed a petition to intervene in Sandlin’s current lawsuit against the state; the interveners seek to defend the state’s law banning private ownership of big cats. The law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. are providing pro bono assistance with the lawsuit and the petition to intervene.

In November 2011, the East Baton Rouge District Court granted ALDF’s request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, ordering the Department to revoke the permit that allowed Sandlin to display Tony as a roadside exhibit at the truck stop where he has languished for over a decade. Despite the fact that Sandlin’s permit expired in December and cannot be renewed, he continues to display Tony, in violation of the big cat law, which the Department is responsible for enforcing.

“The state of Louisiana has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to enforce them” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The court has already granted Tony and ALDF a victory by ruling that Michael Sandlin’s permit to display Tony was illegal. Sandlin, now without a permit, cannot be allowed to continue to exploit this tiger with impunity.”

Meanwhile, Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are suing the state, arguing that Louisiana’s ban on private ownership of big cats like Tony is unconstitutional—flying in the face of the current national sentiment that dangerous exotic animals should be more strictly regulated. Ohio is currently considering a bill that would ban new ownership of captive wild animals, following the massacre of 48 animals including lions, tigers, and bears, who were released by their Zanesville owner last October. Additionally, in February, a bipartisan bill—the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act”—was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit the breeding and private possession of captive big cats. ALDF’s petition in intervention supports Louisiana’s power to safeguard public safety and animal welfare through such legislative measures.

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=2023

FTTT Note: Please support Tony’s petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Petition Update – Pictures & Videos of Tony – Take Action For Animals Who Need Our Help!   Leave a comment

Tony: March 4, 2012 - Photo Courtesy of Cloversweed

Tony: March 4, 2012 - Photo Courtesy of Cloversweed

Pictures and videos of Tony courtesy of “Cloversweed” taken March 4, 2012. Please visit her recent Youtube videos of Tony at these links

http://youtu.be/iha8F3PXLIk || http://youtu.be/9xKyl7_4mB0 || http://youtu.be/B6x5Je7tHXU || http://youtu.be/WZzAW1OmbFU || http://youtu.be/iAmLUTH1-Jc

Please Sign Tony's Petition!

Tony’s Petition

Tony’s petition has reached 13,769 signatures. Thanks for signing and please continue to share:

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

Visit tinyurl.com/helptonytiger for ways you can advocate for Tony. Updates will be posted when they are made available.

We can make a difference by taking action for animals in need. Please participate in these actions and share the links with friends, family and on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Thanks again for your support of Tony and for all animals who deserve our respect, protection and advocacy for their welfare.

Actions To Take To Help Big Cats!!!

The WildCat Sanctuary – Sandstone MN

Nikita the Tiger and Tasha the Cougar are two lucky cats who will soon have a home at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN. TWS was asked on their Facebook page to “save room for Tony” TWS replied: “Tony will always be welcome at Wildcat Sanctuary!”

Thank You TWS for again offering a home for Tony and for providing exemplary care and homes for your cats.

Please read about Nikita and Tasha here: Nikita the tiger needs your help! and how you can help them, and see this wonderful blog post “from Nikita” My life in captivity – through the eyes of Nikita, the tigress

Click Nikita's picture to learn how you can help bring her and Tasha The Cougar to The Wildcat Sanctuary! Photo Courtesy The WildCat Sanctuary

WildCat Haven Sanctuary – Sherwood OR

WildCat Haven Sanctuary has another “LIKE” Match! A generous donor, Richard Harris has offered them $1 for each new “LIKE” their Facebook page receives by April 1, 2012.  WCH hoped to reach a goal of 5,000 members and have surpassed that number! Please visit WCH’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wildcathaven and click “LIKE” at the top and share their page. It’s such an easy way to help the cats at WCH.

Mac and Shirley, residents of WildCat Haven Sanctuary. Click their picture and “LIKE” their Facebook to help the WCH cats! Photo Credit: ©2011 Karine Aigner & Courtesy of WildCat Haven Sanctuary

Ask Your Congress Member to Support H.R.4122 – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Please ask your Congress Member to support H.R.4122 – The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed.

  • Enter your zip code at Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL’s Action Alert for a fast easy way to voice your support of this bill and ask your congressperson to co-sponsor it:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/bills/?bill=61054001

or visit IFAW’s ( International Fund For Animal Welfare) Action Alert: http://www.ifaw.org/us/get-involved/protect-big-cats-cruelty

  • You can also sign this petition: Tell Congress: Big Cats are NOT Pets!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/841/285/240/

  • and show your support for H.R. 4122 at PopVox:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr4122


More Petitions and Actions for Animals Who Need Our Help!

Lucy The Elephant

Lucy is a beautiful 35 year old Asian elephant who lives alone at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has agreed to take Lucy as has PAWS Ark 2000 Sanctuary in California but their offers have been turned down by the city of Edmonton. These sanctuaries would provide the habitat and climate Lucy needs as well as elephant companionship which is so vital to these wonderful animals.

Please sign Lucy’s new petition and share the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/allow-a-panel-of-external-elephant-experts-to-examine-lucy

Learn more about Lucy:

http://www.friendsoflucy.ca/index.html

http://www.savelucy.ca/

Please Sign For NYC Carriage Horses:

Please Sign: Mayor Mike Bloomberg: Stop the Abuse of NYC Carriage Horses! 8 Accidents in 8 Months!

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-mike-bloomberg-stop-the-abuse-of-nyc-carriage-horses-8-accidents-in-8-months

Visit: http://ny-class.org/ to sign another petition calling for the end to carriage horses in New York City and to also co-sign Angelica Huston’s letter to Christine C. Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council.

Help Circus Animals! Support H.R. 3359 The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act!

Ringling Bros. Circus Tiger - E. Rutherford NJ 3.17.2012

The abuse, confinement, exploitation and cruelty animals are subjected to in circuses and traveling shows are horrific and heartbreaking. For the few minutes the public is “entertained” by them performing ridiculous unnatural stunts, these animals suffer a lifetime of misery. On November 2, 2011, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) along with Jan Creamer (Animal Defenders International,) Ed Stewart (Performing Animal Welfare Society -PAWS) Dr. Mel Richardson, DVM, Bob Barker, and Jorja Fox, introduced H.R. 3359 – The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. If passed, this federal bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in circuses and traveling shows.

It is crucial that we support this bill. Please contact your congress member and tell them as their constituent you support H.R. 3359 – The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act and ask them to co-sponsor this bill. It takes only a few minutes to call, write, e-mail or fax your representative for animals that endure inhumane conditions and abuse.

  • Contact information for your representative can be found by entering your zip code at this link:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?action=myreps_form

(Please do not contact your Senators at this time as a companion bill in the Senate has not yet been introduced.)

  • You can send an automated e-mail here:

http://www.congressweb.com/cweb2/index.cfm/siteid/BreakTheChain/action/TakeAction.Contact/lettergroupid/5

  • For more information about H.R. 3359 / TEAPA visit Break The Chain “the campaign to bring an end to circus animal suffering in the USA, led by Animal Defenders International.” Break The Chain has updates about the campaign, resources, and more ways to take action.

http://breakthechainus.com/

  • Sign ADI’s petition: Ask Congress to protect circus animals and pass H.R. 3359:

http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-congress-to-protect-circus-animals-and-pass-hr-3359

  • More information and resources available from PAWS – The Performing Animal Welfare Society at:

http://www.pawsweb.org/animals_in_traveling_shows.html

  • Please cast your vote in SUPPORT of H.R. 3359 at Pop Vox:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3359

Using animals in circuses and traveling shows is not only cruel and inhumane, but it is a threat public safety – this archaic and cruel practice must end – with support of H.R. 3359 we can make that happen.

From ADI & PAWS:
National measures to prohibit the use of wild animals, or selected species, have been adopted in: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Malta, Slovakia, Sweden, Portugal, Taiwan, Singapore, Bolivia, Costa Rica, India and Israel. Similar laws are being discussed in: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Norway, and Peru. Due to public concerns, local town and city bans are in place in the US, UK, Brazil and many other countries.

Source: http://www.ad-international.org/admin/downloads/1_low_cong._wild_animals_in_circuses_f_16.8.pdf

Videos
November 2, 2011 Introduction of The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

Jan Creamer (ADI) Addresses Congress

Bob Barker Addresses Congress

Jorja Fox Addresses Congress

Press Conference

Videos (*Please Note: GRAPHIC Footage. May be disturbing to some viewers)

Take Action For Circus Animals*

Alec Baldwin: Boycott Circuses That Use Animals*

“There will be a time when people will be shocked that we ever allowed the suffering of these animals in the name of entertainment to continue so long.” Bob Barker
http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2263&ssi=10

ADI Website:  http://www.ad-international.org/adi_usa/
PAWS Website: http://www.pawsweb.org/

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