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Thanks Ian Somerhalder & ISF Family   Leave a comment

Special Thanks to Ian Somerhalder and The ISF (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) Family for their great support of Tony’s petition today. Ian tweeted the link for Tony’s petition and his wonderful friends responded with resounding ROARS!

Please also visit Ian’s ISF website to learn more about his organization. ISF’s Mission: “aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”

No updates as to the August 6, 2012 hearing but will post when available.

Remaining positive for Tony and ROARING Our Way To 20K!

For Tony: Thanks Ian & ISF Family   Leave a comment

Thanks again to Ian Somerhalder for his continued support of Tony on Twitter and also to The Ian Somerhalder Foundation for posting Tony’s story to their website – Tony is one of the featured stories on the ISF home page; direct link to post:

The support of Ian, the IS Foundation, and “The ISF Family”  is greatly appreciated.

A reminder that petition links for Tony as well as other actions you can take for him can be found at: Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!! Please sign the petitions, share the links on Facebook and Twitter and Keep Roaring for Tony. Thank You.

Tony locked out of his "den." Photo Courtesy M. Haik 6.30.2011

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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About the IS Foundation


The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.

From ISF_Louisiana: Pictures of Tony 5.15.2011   5 comments

Pictures of Tony taken May 15, 2011 courtesy of ISF_Louisiana, another supporter of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Follow ISF_Louisiana on Twitter:!/ISF_Louisiana

Photo Courtesy ISF_Louisiana Direct Link:

Photo Courtesy ISF_Louisiana Direct Link:

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

ISF Friends Supporting Tony   Leave a comment

Thank you to ISF Friends: ISF_United and ISF_Brazil for their support and posts about Tony on Twitter and their blogs: &

ISF Brazilian Support and ISF_United are two of many worldwide groups supporting Ian Somerhalder and his organization The IS Foundation who’s mission is to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. The IS Foundation’s  objectives to help animals include:  Habitat & Extinction, Cruelty, Empowerment of ‘NO KILL’ Shelters, and Assistive & Therapy Animals.  Read more: 

Links to The IS Foundation :

Visit for ways to contact Louisiana Governor Jindal and voice your concerns for Tony.

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

For Tony: Ian, IS Foundation, Paws 4 A Cause, TVDFamily   1 comment

Thanks (again) to Ian Somerhalder, IS Foundation, Paws 4 A Cause, and friends of The Vampire Diaries on Twitter #TVDFamily. “Tweets” on Twitter by Ian once more stirred great interest and support for Tony.

Ian, who portrays Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, also has his own organization, , The IS Foundation, whose objective is to bring positive change to the environment, our planet and animals.  Support ISF by signing their petition “Save the Sled Dog: Reform British Columbia’s Anti-Cruelty to Animals Law” at

Paws 4 A Cause, is the Annual Ian Somerhalder Birthday Project supporting both the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and St. Tammany Humane Society, Louisiana’s largest not for profit, no-kill animal welfare organization. Please visit:  to read a great post for Tony by Paws 4 A Cause.

Twitter is proving to be a great source for networking Tony’ s plight.  A special thanks to The Vampire Diaries Family –  #TVDFamily –  for their awesome efforts on Twitter for Tony. People expressed their disbelief in learning about Tony and that he represents one of thousands of privately owned tigers in the United States. Tony has given a name and face to this serious problem; to learn more about these tigers please view the video “Tigers In The U.S.”  from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa Florida at the end of this post and visit End Tiger Farming In The U.S. to take action .

Take Action for Tony by contacting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:


“When it’s real you can’t walk away.” TVD

Ian Somerhalder Roars Again For Tony   3 comments

Thanks to Ian Somerhalder for his continued support of Tony.

Ian’s recent tweets and retweets for Tony, as well as from his IS Foundation on Twitter caused a great interest in Tony’s story and gained more support for him. Follow Tony on Twitter at:!/FreeTonyTiger and Ian at!/iansomerhalder

Ian, born in Covington, Louisiana, plays Damon Salvatore in the very popular TV series The Vampire Diaries.

The mission of Ian’s IS Foundation “aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”



Please continue to share Tony’s story – it’s so important that people don’t forget this beautiful tiger has been exploited for ten years in the absurd environment of a truck stop. For a list of ways you can Keep Roaring For Tony visit:

A reminder to Tony’s friends in Louisiana: you are a very powerful voice for Tony – this “display” is being permitted in your state. Your elected officials, Governor Jindal, your senators and representatives, need to hear from their constituents that this is unacceptable and Tony needs to be relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. is a great site to find contact information – just enter your zip code in the right hand side of this link: to find the postal addresses and contact forms of your elected officials. If you register for free with you can also directly email your state and federal officials from the site. While Louisiana residents can have a great impact for Tony, we ALL need to continue to show our concern and support for him.

Ian Somerhalder Foundation RTs For Tony   26 comments

Thanks to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation for the retweet about Tony on Twitter. It’s important to keep Tony’s story visible so it reaches more people and gains their support for him. The retweet drew more followers to Tony on Twitter who may not have known about him.

Tony on Twitter:

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, and is best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries.

About the IS Foundation

MISSION: The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.




From The IS Foundation website:


Have a project or idea you want to share with us? We’re all ears! Send a brief introductory email about your project or idea to

(Information was sent to them about Tony – We have to keep trying all avenues possible to get this handsome boy to the home and life he deserves. Your e-mails are appreciated as well. Let’s show them how many people care about Tony!)

Ian also sent a tweet out for Tony about this post and it generated some awesome response.

Keep Roaring For Tony – share his story anywhere you can – with friends, family, online – Don’t ever give up on him.

Ways to advocate for Tony:

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