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Wishing all of Tony’s friends ~ and TONY ~ Happy Holidays ~ THANK YOU for your continued support of Tony. It is because of YOU that Tony’s story remains prominent. By sharing his petition, being active on his Facebook page, tweeting for and “with him” we keep the public informed of his plight and demonstrate our commitment to him.
Tony received some great support on Instagram recently – this is another excellent platform – where just one picture posted by friends @coco_sazerac (who visited Tony) was reposted by @catsofinstagram and received over 7,000 likes! See: http://instagram.com/p/hgYLujoS6p/#If anyone visits Tony, please take photos and video and post on Instagram; please tag @tonythetruckstoptiger. For social networking sites, see the links at the end of this post after the video.
The most recent update we have: The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries each filed exceptions to Sandlin’s case, seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed, in a hearing on Monday, December 09, 2013. No other information is available at this time. http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger/ Special Thanks to ALDF for their persistence in this case and the tremendous work they do to advance the rights and welfare of animals through the legal system. Please visit: http://aldf.org/about-us/ to learn more about this vital organization for animals and consider supporting them.
Tony’s petition reached 36,000 signatures this week. The petition requests the LDWF to enforce Louisiana state law and ensure Tony is relocated to a reputable sanctuary. If you haven’t signed please do and continue to share.
Concluding this post with warm wishes for the holiday and this wonderful video from Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL of their cats enjoying there Christmas enrichment – we’ll continue to advocate on Tony’s behalf for the same.
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From The Animal Legal Defense Fund ~ December 9, 2013:
In the ongoing legal battle to free Tony the tiger from the Louisiana-based “Tiger Truck Stop,” a status conference is being held in Baton Rouge today—and to show support for Tony, ALDF is giving away three Tony the Tiger t-shirts.
Tony is one of many animals in the U.S. who are exploited for our entertainment. Michael Sandlin, who holds Tony captive at the truck stop without a permit, continues to fight a Louisiana state law which bans the private ownership of dangerous “big cats” like Tony. Earlier this year, ALDF’s victory in our lawsuit to free Tony was upheld by the state Supreme Court and we are asking the courts to dismiss Sandlin’s lawsuit. So we must continue to wait while Tony paces, and paces… For more information, visit our website.
Enter your name, email, mailing address, and t-shirt size for your chance to win here: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=8401
Sonia Horon, Global Animal
The fight to free Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger famously caged and put on display at Grosse Tete, Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop, continues. The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a petition to review the Court of Appeal’s decision, which ruled in favor of the captive tiger.
The Louisiana Court of Appeal ruled that Michael Sandlin, the person responsible for caging the tiger, did not in fact have the right to a grandfather permit, which would allow him to keep the tiger in spite of the state’s exotic cat laws.
Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger, resides at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Zdon, NY Times
In 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for wrongfully releasing the permit allowing Sandlin to cage and display Tony. Sandlin has been attempting to challenge the ruling, but the Supreme Court has shut him down.
Unfortunately Sandlin, who clearly has no actual interest in Tony’s well-being, declared if he is forced to give up the tiger, he will send the animal to the notoriously negligent G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
G.W. Exotic is famous for it’s exploitation of tiger cubs. The roadside zoo was investigated by the Humane Society of the United States last year after 23 of G.W. Exotic’s imprisoned baby tigers died. During the investigation, five more captive tigers died under the facility’s “care.”
The park’s owner, Joe Schreibvogel, or “Joe Exotic,” is possibly the largest private owner of tigers in the U.S., with as many as 200 tigers and more than 1,000 other animals. Just last weekend, the controversial park became the subject of further controversy after a woman was attacked by a tiger on the premises.
Megan Backus from ALDF says their non-profit law organization is doing everything in their power to ensure that Tony will not be going to this wildlife jail.
“ALDF is asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate the horrific attack at G.W. Exotic.
Given the animal welfare and public safety failings at G.W. Exotic, ALDF is calling on LDWF to ensure that Tony is transferred to a legitimate and reputable sanctuary. Sending Tony to G.W. Exotic would violate both Louisiana and Oklahoma state laws.”
More Stories On Captive Tigers:
Caged Tiger Fights Back At Oklahoma Zoo
Animal Intervention Saves Captive Wildlife (VIDEO)
HSUS Cracks Down On Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner (VIDEO)
The Truth About Tiger’s Cubs’ Mysterious Deaths
Tiger Clubs Exploited In America’s Malls Of Shame (VIDEO)
Lovestruck Tiger Chooses Freedom
Ohio Says No To Backyard Bears And Other Exotic Pets
Direct Link To Article: http://globalanimal.org/2013/10/10/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger-triumphs/
The following was posted today by the Animal Legal Defense Fund:
Posted on October 7, 2013
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Last Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied a petition to review the decision of the Court of Appeal in the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) ongoing case to protect Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger confined at Grosse Tete, Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop by Michael Sandlin. In 2011, ALDF sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing a permit to Sandlin to keep and exhibit Tony. With pro bono assistance from Baker Donelson, ALDF was joined in the suit by several Louisiana taxpayers, including Warren Triche, the state representative who authored the Louisiana state law banning private ownership of tigers. In April of this year, the Court of Appeal held that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are ineligible for a big cat permit and can no longer keep Tony. Sandlin sought review of that decision, but last Friday the state Supreme Court declined to take the case. Although Sandlin could appeal further to the U.S. Supreme Court, the lawsuit raises no issues of federal law, so the Court could not grant review.
Meanwhile, on October 5, an employee at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma was attacked by an adult male tiger and almost lost her arm. Michael Sandlin has declared his intention to send Tony to G.W. Exotic if forced to relinquish him. The controversial zoo has been the subject of undercover investigations and houses more than 200 dangerous exotic animals that it breeds and uses for public interaction. ALDF is asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate the horrific attack at G.W. Exotic. Given the animal welfare and public safety failings at G.W. Exotic, ALDF is calling on LDWF to ensure that Tony is transferred to a legitimate and reputable sanctuary. Sending Tony to G.W. Exotic would violate both Louisiana and Oklahoma state laws.
Still ongoing is Sandlin’s own lawsuit, alleging that the Louisiana state ban on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals is unconstitutional.
“We are relieved to see this case reach its end,” said Matthew Liebman, senior attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Nearly three years after we asked the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries not to issue a permit to the Tiger Truck Stop, the highest court in the state has declined to prolong this case further. We call upon the Department to do the right thing and send Tony to a reputable sanctuary, before we face another tiger tragedy.”
Zoo worker attacked by tiger in OK
HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Dead Tigers, Safety Threats at Oklahoma’s GW Exotic Animal Park
LDWF: Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary
Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund: The Advocate recently wrote a story about a pool that was built in Tony the Tiger’s enclosure. Our response?
“The bottom line is they can put all the bells and whistles they want to out there. You still have a tiger in a truck stop,” Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Matthew Liebman said. “Legally speaking, the pool doesn’t change anything.”
Please leave polite but firm comments in support of freeing Tony at the following link: http://theadvocate.com/news/6852719-123/tony-the-tiger-enjoys-pool
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Animal Legal Defense Fund has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let stand two lower court rulings that the owner of Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete cannot have a license to keep a tiger.
The nonprofit group says it filed a brief Wednesday with the court saying the trial judge and an appeal court were correct to rule that Michael Sandlin was not eligible for a permit.
Twelve-year-old Tony is the latest in a series of tigers that Sandlin has kept at the truck stop near Baton Rouge. He has asked the high court to hear his case. His attorney, Joan Treadway Morris of Baton Rouge, contends that both the state district court in Iberville Parish and the state’s First Circuit Court of Appeal made numerous mistakes in their rulings.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund brief argues that Sandlin’s request for review lacks legal merit and doesn’t raise any new significant questions.
“Tony has waited long enough. It’s been more than two years since the district court first ruled — correctly — that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are ineligible for a permit to confine Tony,” executive director Stephen Wells said in a news release. “We expect that the Louisiana Supreme Court will find Sandlin’s latest filing meritless and finally put an end to this case.”
Posted on Twitter by The Animal Legal Defense Fund – Wednesday July 17, 2013. Thank you ALDF for you continued fight to give Tony the home and life he deserves. More information to follow…
By Rebecca Alexander, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on July 05, 2013 at 1:40 PM
Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let him keep a 12-year-old Bengal-Siberian mix tiger named Tony. Sandlin’s permit to keep the Tiger was ruled invalid by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in April, due to the fact that Sandlin is not the animal’s legal owner.
Tigers have been on display at the truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana since 1988. Tony and his 40-by-80-foot cage have been the focus of animal rights complaints at least since 1988.
Do you think a new permit should be issued to Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin? Or, should the tiger be seized and sent to a reputable sanctuary?
NOTE: Senior attorney Matthew Liebman said the Animal Legal Defense Fund will be filing its opposition to Morris’ request. “The application is entirely without merit, yet another attempt by Mr. Sandlin to delay the inevitable and prolong Tony’s inhumane captivity,” he wrote in an email.
BY JOE GYAN JR.
Advocate staff writer
July 04, 2013
The fate of Tony the truck stop tiger is now in the hands of Louisiana’s highest court.
Jennifer Treadway Morris, an attorney for Tiger Truck Stop and owner Michael Sandlin, said Wednesday that she and fellow lawyer Paul Baier filed an appeal Tuesday at the state Supreme Court in New Orleans.
The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge ruled in April that the 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger mix cannot continue to be housed in an exhibit at the Grosse Tete truck stop where he has lived for 12 years. The appellate court refused last month to reconsider its decision.
The truck stop off Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish has been displaying tigers for 25 years.
“Michael Sandlin has exhibited tigers at Grosse Tete’s iconic Tiger Truck Stop for twenty-five years, to the delight of countless children, interstate travelers, and local citizens,” Morris and Baier state in the documents filed at the high court. “His capital investment as well as TTS’s property interest in Tony the Tiger are at stake.”
State District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled previously that a 2006 Louisiana law bars the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing Sandlin’s permit to house Tony at the truck stop exhibit. The 1st Circuit’s April decision affirmed that ruling.
Caldwell concluded the department violated its own rules by exempting Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop from permit requirements for owners of big cats. The judge ruled that a state permit can be issued only to an individual, not a corporation. Tiger Truck Stop was the permit holder, not Sandlin, the judge said.
The truck stop’s last annual state permit expired at the end of 2011.
Sandlin contends he has held a federal permit to keep tigers at the truck stop since 1988.
Tony, the last privately owned big and exotic cat in the state, is well cared for, healthy and happy, Sandlin has said.
Photo Courtesy “Mark of the Beast”
According to the sign posted on Tony’s cage, he was born in July 2000; this month marks his 13th year.
While his case continues to be battled out in the courts – it’s important to remain positive and supportive for Tony and continue to network for him:
Share Animal Legal Defense Fund’s page for Tony and ALDF’s latest update from the April 25th hearing Victory in ALDF’s Tony the Tiger Case!
Sign and share his change.org petition; Petitions are a good way to keep people supportive, involved as well as demonstrate the interest and support Tony has worldwide.
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Thanks to ALL of Tony’s friends – your support and dedication to this beautiful tiger is greatly appreciated and so very important in working towards the home and life Tony deserves.
Special Thanks to Animal Legal Defense Fund and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz
for their extraordinary representation of Tony and dedication to his case.
~ KEEP ROARING FOR TONY ~