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Grosse Tete truck stop tiger bill advances to governor via @PPostSouth   Leave a comment

plaqPosted Jun. 8, 2014 @ 12:00 am

BATON ROUGE – The State of Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted 67-26 in favor of a bill on Friday May 30, 2014 that would allow a Grosse Tete truck stop to keep an 550-pound tiger.

Senate Bill 250 will now go to the governor’s desk for approval and Gov. Bobby Jindal will decide whether to change state law in order to allow owner Michael Sandlin to keep the tiger.

At issue is whether a licensed owner who obtained an exotic animal legally and has been in continuous possession and ownership since Aug. 15, 2006, should be exempted from state law that bans anyone other than colleges, sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers and scientific organizations from possessing big exotic cats.

Sandlin owns Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete which has kept Tony the Tiger, a Siberian-Bengal mix, for the past 14 years since he was six-months-old.

Animal activists have long wanted the tiger placed in a sanctuary due to lack of alleged proper care of the animal.

“Allowing an individual to override court decisions and violate local and state laws in order to retain possession of a dangerous wild animal invites other would-be big exotic cat owners to come forward requesting their own exemptions to state and local laws,” Animal Legal Defense Fund’s media relations associate Megan Backus said. “Not only would this be a further waste of taxpayer money and a subversion of the legal system, but it would mean more animals suffering the way that Tony continues to suffer every day.”

ALDF is asking all supporters to send Governor Jindal a message urging him to veto SB 250.

http://www.postsouth.com/article/20140607/News/140609711#ixzz34E9XRqbl

Update On SB 250 ~ May 22, 2014   Leave a comment

la seal tony update

May 21, 2014: Louisiana House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment Meeting adjourned at appx. 1pmCST. SB 250 was NOT CALLED.

SB 250 is on the agenda again for May 28th @ 9:30amCST

Agenda: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0528_14_NR.pdf

The hearing is also live-streamed. Visit: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Home.aspx on the day of the hearing; we’ll posting more info also on May 28th.

joe e mike s 5.21.2014 revSeen at the May 21st hearing: Mr. Sandlin, Tony’s “owner,” along with the notorious tiger breeder/abuser/exploiter and AWA violator Joe Schreibvogel aka Joe Exotic aka Aarron Alex aka Cody Ryan. This individual owns GW Exotic Animal Park, a horrid roadside zoo that houses “approximately 200 tigers and other dangerous exotic animals.”

Learn more about Joe Schreibvogel and GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, OK at the links below, and keep in mind this is the facility Mr. Sandlin has stated he intends to send Tony to if forced to relocate the animal from his roadside display. (Reference: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/oklahoma-park-probed-in-tiger-cub-deaths/)

  • USDA Should Revoke Federal License of Nation’s Largest Big Cat Breeder

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2014/02/GW-License-Revocation.html

  • HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Dead Tigers, Safety Threats at Oklahoma’s GW Exotic Animal Park

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/05/ok_exotics_investigation.html

More time for Tony’s Army to ROAR!

Please see this link on how we can fight SB 250 ~ it’s especially important for Louisiana Residents to TAKE ACTION and those of us who are non-residents to share the information. Visit:

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/how-we-can-all-help-tony/

How We Can ALL Help Tony!   Leave a comment

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Recap on SB 250, Rick Ward III‘s bill to “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

After failing by a vote of 19 Nays – 18 Yeas on April 28th, it was voted on again on May 13th: The Louisiana Senate PASSED SB 250 by a vote of 20 YEAS to 18 NAYS. The bill was then introduced to the House on May 14 and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Environment.

SB 250 is scheduled for a hearing TOMORROW WEDNESDAY May 21 @ 9:30am. You can view the agenda here: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0521_14_NR.pdf

If you’re a resident of Louisiana PLEASE contact your House Representative and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250, especially if your Representative is a member of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee. List of committee members at the end of this post.

You can also find this list here: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Cmtes/H_Cmte_NR.asp Just click on your representative’s name for contact information at the link.

Born Free USA also has an Action Alert for LOUISIANA RESIDENTS Targeting the Natural Resources and Environment Committee:
https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

(Thank you Born Free USA)

For those of us who are NOT Louisiana Residents, please share the following information so we can reach others.

  • Born Free USA’s Action Alert Targeting the Natural Resources and Environment Committee:

https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

  • ALDF’s Post for Tony:

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-unlawful-captivity/

  • ALDF’s Video for Tony:

http://youtu.be/yGbIUEVE_E0

  • ASPCA’s Action Alert for Louisiana Residents:

http://www.capwiz.com/aspca/issues/alert/?alertid=63198706&type=ST&&from=advocacycenterlanding

  • These petitions are also still open for Tony:

http://www.change.org/petitions/louisiana-state-senate-oppose-sb-250-uphold-louisiana-state-law-prohibiting-private-ownership-of-tigers

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

Let’s continue positive yet strong advocacy on behalf of Tony and work together to procure him a peaceful life, expert care, a proper home and the respect and dignity Tony and ALL animals deserve.

Natural Resources and Environment Committee
(Name, District, Email)

Dove, Gordon
52
larep052@legis.la.gov

Bishop, Stuart J.
43
bishops@legis.la.gov

Armes, James K.
30
armesj@legis.la.gov

Billiot, Robert E.
83
billiotr@legis.la.gov

Chaney, Charles R.
19
chaneyb@legis.la.gov

Connick, Patrick
84
connickp@legis.la.gov

Foil, Franklin J.
70
foilf@legis.la.gov

Garofalo, Raymond E.
103
garofalor@legis.la.gov

Gisclair, Jerry
54
gisclairj@legis.la.gov

Guinn, John E.
37
guinnj@legis.la.gov

Harrison, Joe
51
harrisoj@legis.la.gov

James, Edward C. “Ted”
101
james.ted@legis.la.gov

Jones, Sam
50
joness@legis.la.gov

Lambert, Eddie J.
59
larep059@legis.la.gov

Leopold, Christopher J.
105
leopoldc@legis.la.gov

Montoucet, Jack
42
montoucj@legis.la.gov

Morris, James “Jim”
1
larep001@legis.la.gov

Ortego, Stephen J.
39
ortegos@legis.la.gov

Schexnayder, Clay
81
schexnayderc@legis.la.gov

Kleckley, Chuck
36
larep036@legis.la.gov

Leger, Walt III
91
legerw@legis.la.gov

@SpanielHarry’s Open Letter For Tony   Leave a comment

harry and tony

Harry and Tony

It’s amazing how Tony’s story has reached the hearts of people and “anipals” all over the world.

Meet Harry, an English Springer Spaniel who lives in the UK.  Harry wrote a heartfelt Open Letter to the Louisiana Senate supporting Tony’s release to a reputable sanctuary.

Harry is a great friend to all animals and we truly appreciate his support.

You can read Harry’s letter: http://www.spanielharry.co.uk/open-letter-to-the-louisiana-state-senate-free-tony-the-tiger/

Thanks for your pawsome letter Harry! We’ll keep fighting this sinister bill. The bill passed the Senate, was introduced to the House and referred to the Natural Resource and Environment Committee. Louisiana Residents NEED TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SB 250! http://www.capwiz.com/aspca/issues/alert/?alertid=63198706&type=ST&&from=advocacycenterlanding

Check out Harry’s blog: http://www.spanielharry.co.uk/

Follow Harry on Twitter: @SpanielHarry

“LIKE” Harry on Facebook: https://twitter.com/SpanielHarry

Louisiana Senate PASSES SB 250 ~ TAKE ACTION NOW via @ALDF!   Leave a comment

May 13, 2014: The Louisiana Senate PASSED SB 250 by a vote of 20 YEAS to 18 NAYS. The bill is now “Pending House Referral” Track the bill here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=224278

TONY NEEDS LOUISIANA RESIDENTS to TAKE ACTION NOW by contacting their Louisiana House District Representative and asking them to OPPOSE SB 250.

Easy contact form: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17493

You can find out who your Representative is by inputting your address here: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15813 Please follow up with a phone call. Louisiana Residents can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like you to vote AGAINST SB 250.”

Read more from Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Protect Tigers from Unlawful Captivity

We just got word from the Louisiana State Senate floor that a very dangerous bill is now one vote closer to becoming law. If it passes, SB 250 would create a “retroactive exemption” to Louisiana’s ban on possessing dangerous wild animals. Specifically, it would allow Tony the Tiger to remain caged as a truck-stop curiosity where he is subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24-hours a day.

ALDF is on the ground in Louisiana fighting this bill, and we visited Tony the Tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete in May of 2014. Here is the video we recorded:

 

As Louisiana supporters already know, this bill was designed to appease Michael Sandlin, whose captivity of Tony the Tiger was declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeals in ALDF’s successful lawsuit. Sandlin has been repeatedly sanctioned by the USDA for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act and had all of his other truck-stop tigers removed.

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other dangerous wild animals. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. ALDF opposes the possession of big cats because it is inhumane to the animals kept captive, and dangerous to people. Exemptions to the ban on dangerous wild animals waste the state’s resources and put animals in harm’s way simply to accommodate those who want to confine tigers, bears and other animals for entertainment or profit.

Take Action!

This outrageous “exemption” bill will soon be considered by the Louisiana House of Representatives. We need to pull out all of the stops—so are asking all Louisiana residents to contact Louisiana House Members right now to tell them that you strongly oppose any exemptions to animal protection laws.

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House Members need to hear from Louisiana residents only. Please send them a message, urging Louisiana Representatives to vote against SB 250. Join our fight against attempts to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. Residents can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like you to vote against SB 250.”

Take Action Button

For those who are out of state, please join us in sharing this news on social media, so that we can reach more Louisiana residents!

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-unlawful-captivity/

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