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Attorneys Fighting to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Head Back to Court for New Trial   1 comment

November 1st, 2011

Court Will Rule on Standing of Tony Supporters to Fight for Him in Court, Will Once Again Decide His Fate

For immediate release

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

Baton Rouge, La. – Tomorrow morning, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and outraged Louisiana residents return to East Baton Rouge District Court to square off against the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., where Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has been confined as a roadside exhibit for over a decade. The same court granted ALDF’s original request for a permanent injunction in May 2011, a ruling that would have prevented the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing in December the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, to keep Tony on display. In August, the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop must be named as defendants in the lawsuit and ordered a new trial, vacating the trial court’s earlier decision. In addition to this new trial, the Court will consider a motion by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to contest the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the lawsuit to free Tony.

When:

Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 a.m.

Where:
East Baton Rouge District Courthouse
Room 8B (Judge R. Michael Caldwell’s courtroom)
300 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge

Since ALDF filed its original lawsuit in April 2011, it has argued that the Department violated state law in granting the permit to Michael Sandlin. In tomorrow’s hearing, the Court will again hear ALDF’s argument that Sandlin’s permit to own and display Tony should be invalidated, and that Tony should be released into the custody of ALDF or an accredited animal sanctuary where he can receive care and treatment and live out his life in a more natural environment, free from the 24-hour exposure to noise and diesel fumes and the taunts of visitors. ALDF is requesting both a permanent injunction, which would mean the state could not renew Sandlin’s permit in December, and a mandatory injunction, which would require that Sandlin’s current permit be revoked. The Court may choose to issue a decision in the case immediately following the hearing.

Tony has been on exhibit at the Tiger Truck Stop since 2000; he has lived there with no other tiger companions since 2003. ALDF’s lawsuit to free Tony has drawn the support of high profile advocates like Leonardo DiCaprio and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and has galvanized activists around the world. The law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. are providing pro bono assistance with the lawsuit.

“The Animal Legal Defense Fund is confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will again make the best decision for Tony,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We would like nothing more than for Tony to spend this New Year’s in the comfort of an accredited sanctuary that is far better equipped to meet his basic needs and to give him the kind of life he deserves.”

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1859

Update From The Animal Legal Defense Fund   Leave a comment

The following is posted on http://www.aldf.org/tony

August 15, 2011: ALDF lawyers were in court today to defend against Sandlin’s attempt to get our case dismissed. In another victory for Tony, the judge denied Sandlin’s motion. This means the case will continue to move forward. The Court has set a hearing date of September 15 for ALDF’s motion for a mandatory injunction, which seeks an immediate revocation of Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony. http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1675

 

Note: Please continue to support Tony. Visit: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/79k-say-tigers-dont-belong-at-truck-stops/ for all petition links.

Follow Tony on Twitter and Facebook and network for him: @FreeTonyTiger http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000 http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000 On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Show your thanks and support to The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the tremendous work they do defending the rights of animals and ensuring laws to protect them will be enforced. Visit: http://www.aldf.org Join ALDF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AnimalLegalDefenseFund on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ALDFAnimalLaw and Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ALDFstaff 

You can also write a review of ALDF. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has teamed up with GreatNonprofits and GuideStar to launch the 2011 Animal Welfare Campaign. Non-profit organizations who work on animal welfare issues and conservation will be recognized in this campaign. Each organization with 10 or more positive reviews during August will be included in the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Animal Welfare Nonprofits List. The campaign ends August 31. More information: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1784

This is a 30-second  PSA version of ALDF’s “This Is Who We Are” video. The full length video can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUgh_YFYeMc

ALDF Update For Tony & Show Your Support For ALDF   Leave a comment

This update from The Animal Legal Defense Fund posted at http://www.aldf.org/tony  

On August 15, lawyers for ALDF will be in court in Baton Rouge to defend against Sandlin’s attempt to get the case dismissed. The Court has also set a hearing date of September 15 for ALDF’s motion for a mandatory injunction, which seeks an immediate revocation of Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony.

Please also show your support for The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the tremendous work they do for all animals by writing a review for them. Every organization that receives 10 or more positive reviews during the month of August will make the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Animal Welfare Nonprofits List. Information at: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1784 The campaign ends August 31st, 2011.

Continue to support Tony by signing and sharing his petitions:

ALDF Sponsored Petitions:

1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207  (35,833 signatures)

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger  (7,921 signatures)

Care2 Sponsored Petition

3. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/  (41,114 signatures)

More ways to advocate for Tony at: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/your-continued-support-for-tony-is-needed/

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