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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 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 Show Their Support For Tony   3 comments

Devon and her drawing of Tony.

Thanks to Devon Haas and The ISF Kids Army for this great idea. Devon showed her support for Tony by drawing a picture of him and then sent out a call for friends to do the same.

Follow Devon and ISF Kids Army on Twitter @DevonHaas and @ISF_KIDSArmy

Artwork in the gallery is credited to friends’ Twitter accounts. Thanks everyone for taking the time to post your artwork – Tony has some very talented friends! Please click on the pictures posted below to enlarge them.

Tony’s story has reached the hearts of people around the world who want to see him relocated to a proper home and receive the care he needs and deserves.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund goes to court for Tony tomorrow May 5 2011 to dispute the legality of the permit issued by The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to Tony’s owner.

Support Tony here: by signing his petition.

For Tony: Recap & Thanks   4 comments

It’s inspiring to see so many people who care about Tony voicing their concerns for him. No matter where we are or what our passions and causes may be, we band together to support one another because of our love and respect for animals. Thanks to the following groups and friends of Tony for recently advocating on his behalf:

 To everyone who participated in this week’s action for Tony directed at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal during Louisiana’s Week For The Animals. Your continued support in actions for Tony would be appreciated; visit  

Ian Somerhalder once again “roared” for Tony with a retweet and tweet. Each time Ian sends a “shout out” on Twitter about Tony it triggers great interest about him as well as support. Learn more about Ian’s IS Foundation at:   

 Friends For Seals for their support of Tony on Twitter. This organization is “fighting the annual Canadian Harp seal pup massacre, the largest marine mammal on the entire planet.” For more information and ways you can join their efforts against this senseless brutal slaughter visit:

ISF India for supporting Tony and blogging about him:

 ISF India is another member of the ISF Family. Follow them on Twitter:  

Chans from the Netherlands recently blogged about Tony and Friends For Seals on her site Silent Butterfly:  and   It’s amazing how Tony’s story has reached worldwide status; blogging about Tony and sharing his story brings more support for him and also raises awareness to the serious issue of privately owned tigers in the United States.  

Friends For Seals - Silent Butterfly - ISF India

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

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