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Why Is A Tiger Still Locked In A Cage At A Truck Stop In Louisiana? via @dodo   Leave a comment

dodoBy Melissa Cronin

There is a truckstop in the middle of rural Louisiana where a tiger lives. That sentence was an entirely true one — and just one part of the sad story of “Tony the truck stop tiger.” Surrounded by loud noises and fumes from diesel trucks that rumble through the station, Tony has long been the target of animal welfare advocates.

Sadly, news broke this week that the 13-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger will likely remain in his cage at the truck stop, despite a lawsuit brought against Tony’s owner, Mike Sandlin. Now, a bill to provide Sandlin with legal exemptions so he can keep Tony is creeping up the political ranks. Local WDSU News reports:

The House voted 67-26 Friday to send the measure by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward, a Republican, to the governor. Ward’s bill would exempt Michael Sandlin – owner of Tiger Truck Stop and a 550-pound Bengal tiger named Tony – from state restrictions on owning exotic cats.

If the bill is signed, Tony will stay at the stop in Grosse Tete, La., despite protests that his enclosure is inadequate. The Animal Legal Defense Fund sums up Tony’s predicament:

In addition to exposure to noise and diesel fumes, Tony is taunted by truck stop visitors. His enclosure lacks adequate enrichment. He has no pool of water to cool off in the blazing heat of the summer. As a result of this stressful confinement, Tony constantly paces in his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions. His suffering demonstrates the problem of privately-owned tigers, whose numbers exceed that of wild tigers.

Tony the truck stop tiger is kept in miserable conditions at a roadside attraction, with loud noise and constant diesel fumes constantly around him. Join us in calling for Tony to be moved from the truck stop to a big cat sanctuary to live out his life in a more natural environment.

https://www.thedodo.com/why-is-a-tiger-still-locked-in-580646827.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb

Note: At the end of this article when you visit the direct link above, you can tweet to sign a petition, share on Facebook, etc.  If you do not have a Twitter account, here is an alternative petition you can sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/589/086/506/last-chance-to-help-tony-the-tiger/

Contact Gov. @BobbyJindal ~ Veto SB 250!!   3 comments

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Here is a list of contact information for Gov. Bobby Jindal. PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW for Tony and ask Gov. Jindal to VETO SB 250. Please keep letters, emails, phone calls, etc. on point and polite.

Ways to contact Governor Bobby Jindal and ask him to VETO SB 250:

Action Alert via Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17679

Action Alert For Louisiana Residents ONLY via Born Free USA:https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=885

Action Alert via Peta: http://ow.ly/xIy5Y

Website Online Contact Form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor (Louisiana is listed as default in “State” just type over with your state)

Phone: 225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121 (Toll Free)

Fax: 225-342-7099

Twitter: @BobbyJindal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bobbyjindal

Click on Message and a box will pop up to write your message

FB JINDAL

Direct email: bobby.jindal@la.gov (Tried and has not bounced back – please report if it does in a comment)

Physical Address:

Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of the Governor
PO Box 94004,
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Sign these two Change.org Petitions:

@BobbyJindal VETO SB 250!!

http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-bobby-jindal-bobbyjindal-veto-sb-250

LDWF: Enforce Louisiana State Law & Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary:

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

Sign this Care2 Petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/589/086/506/last-chance-to-help-tony-the-tiger/

Please share this post with share buttons below & KEEP ROARING FOR TONY!

UPDATE on SB 250: KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!!   Leave a comment

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PLEASE CONTINUE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SB 250!!

Today (Monday ~ April 28, 2014) SB 250 failed to pass by a vote of 19 Nays – 18 Yeas. This bill, by Louisiana State Sen. Rick Ward, seeks 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.)

Sen. Rick Ward III can bring the bill back up again and indicated he will.

You can track the bill here:

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

Keep The Pressure On & Tell The Louisiana Senate that NO ONE Should Be Exempt From Louisiana’s Big Cat Law!

Here are ways YOU can speak out against this bill;  LOUISIANA RESIDENTS it’s especially important your Senators hear from YOU!

Please take the appropriate actions listed below:

1. PLEASE email the following Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250!!

EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ALL LOUISIANA SENATORS:
http://senate.legis.state.la.us/senators/e-mail.asp

YOU CAN COPY & PASTE THIS MASS LIST FOR YOUR EMAIL:

adleyr@legis.la.gov, alarioj@legis.la.gov, allainb@legis.la.gov, amedeej@legis.la.gov, appelc@legis.la.gov, lasen15@legis.la.gov, brownte@legis.la.gov, smithbuffington@legis.la.gov, chabertn@legis.la.gov, claitord@legis.la.gov, cortezp@legis.la.gov, crowea@legis.la.gov, donahuej@legis.la.gov, dorseyy@legis.la.gov, erdeyd@legis.la.gov, gallotr@legis.la.gov, guillorye@legis.la.gov, HeitmeierD@legis.la.gov, johnsr@legis.la.gov, kostelka@legis.la.gov, lafleure@legis.la.gov, longg@legis.la.gov, martinyd@legis.la.gov, millsf@legis.la.gov, morrelljp@legis.la.gov, morrishd@legis.la.gov, murraye@legis.la.gov, neversb@legis.la.gov, peacockb@legis.la.gov, perryj@legis.la.gov, petersonk@legis.la.gov, risern@legis.la.gov, smithgl@legis.la.gov, smithj@legis.la.gov, tarverg@legis.la.gov, thompsof@legis.la.gov, walsworthm@legis.la.gov, wardr@legis.la.gov, whitem@legis.la.gov

2. LOUISIANA RESIDENTS: It’s crucial to contact your Senators. As their constituents you have influence on the bills they support/oppose.

3. Sign and Share this change.org Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/louisiana-state-senate-oppose-sb-250-uphold-louisiana-state-law-prohibiting-private-ownership-of-tigers

4. Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Easy share options below.

Thanks again for your continued support of Tony.

Tony the Tiger May Never Escape His Truck Stop Captivity. Here’s How You Can Help! via @OneGreenPlanet   Leave a comment

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Ever since his birth in July of 2000, Tony, a Bengal-Siberian mix tiger, has spent every day and night confined to a small, barren enclosure at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, La. Here, he has been subjected to a continuous onslaught of car exhaust and loud noises for over a decade, rarely receiving the proper care or enrichment he so desperately needs.

New Legislation May Prevent Tony the Tiger from Escaping His 14-Year Truck Stop Captivity Free Tony the Tiger / Facebook

Despite these clearly inappropriate conditions, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has refused to uphold a 2006 state law (Act 715) that prohibits the sale and ownership of big exotic cats and even allowed any owner who kept big cats prior to August 15, 2006 to continue doing so as long as they file for an annual permit with the department.

Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, was one of the big cat owners “grandfathered” in under the law. However, upon seeing Tony’s continued plight, concerned citizens and nonprofits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Big Cat Rescue have fought tirelessly over the years to free Tony from his life of misery.

New Legislation May Prevent Tony the Tiger from Escaping His 14-Year Truck Stop Captivity Free Tony the Tiger / Facebook

Two major victories were won for Tony in 2013 when the Louisiana Court of Appeal “held that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Shop were ineligible for a big cat permit and could no longer keep Tony” and when the Louisiana Supreme Court later “rejected Sandlin’s petition and let [the Court of Appeal] decision stand,” the ALDF reports.

Unfortunately, the Louisiana legislature (or at least a selection of its members) does not seem to care much for Tony’s plight and that of other big cats kept as captive pets (when it’s so clear that big cats should never be pets).

New Legislation May Prevent Tony the Tiger from Escaping His 14-Year Truck Stop Captivity Free Tony the Tiger / Facebook

Recently, the Louisiana Senate Committee on Natural Resources quickly passed Senate Bill 250, which undermines the 2006 state law by exempting “certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules.”

“The bill is an attempt to retroactively remove Tony’s protection under the 2006 law, and allow Michael Sandlin to retain possession of Tony,” the ALDF states.

We cannot let another round-about policy keep Tony confined any longer. It’s time he was freed from his miserable life at the Tiger Truck Stop and provided with a proper home at a real wildlife sanctuary that would attend to his every need, instead of using him to turn a profit like Sandlin has for years. Do your part to help Tony by taking action using the steps below — we must be his voice!

Take Action

Image Source: Free Tony the Tiger / Facebook

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/new-legislation-may-prevent-tony-the-tiger-from-escaping-truck-stop-captivity/

New La. bill could keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop via Mansfield Animal Advocacy Examiner   Leave a comment

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The following posted at: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/tiger-tale-back-in-lege/Content?oid=2423211

Bill aims to keep ‘Tony’ at Tiger Truck Stop

  State Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, has introduced Senate Bill 250 to exempt certain big-cat owners from a state law banning exotic pet ownership. In essence, the law would only apply to Michael Sandlin, the owner of Tony, a 13-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger that has been kept at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete outside Baton Rouge for more than a decade.

The bill passed the Senate’s Committee on Natural Resources April 15. The committee amended the bill to remove an exemption for people who hold a USDA Class C exhibitor’s license, a license which Sandlin possesses.

If made law, Ward’s bill would grandfather permits for “persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.” There is an ongoing lawsuit and debate, however, over whether Sandlin has complied with state and municipal laws of exotic pet ownership.

The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Sandlin’s petition last October to review the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that Tony can’t live at the truck stop. In 2011, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing a permit to Sandlin to keep Tony.

In April 2013, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal held that Sandlin can’t keep Tony, nor can he keep a permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

A Change.org petition requesting Ward to pull the bill has gathered more than 3,700 signatures as of press time.

More on SB 250 from @BornFreeUSA, Ace Bourke and @2TheAdvocate   Leave a comment

BFF 05 trophy.aiFrom Born Free USA:

S.B. 250 Adds Another Exemption for Big Cat Ownership

Sponsor(s): Sen. Rick Ward (R-17)

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (4/14/14): The Senate Committee on Natural Resources amended the bill and removed the most harmful line. These changes are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description below.

Bill Description:
Under present law, the secretary of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is allowed to create rules to control the importation and private possession of big exotic cats. Current law also requires that these rules provide exceptions for big cats traditionally kept by colleges and universities, animal sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers, and scientific organizations and for owners who can prove previous ownership.

This bill would add an additional exception for owners who hold a USDA Class C exhibitor’s license. It also allows retroactive application of this exemption, so that Class C exhibitors who had to give up their big cats before may be able to get them back. This bill defines previous ownership as persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.

Background:
Class C exhibitor licenses are surprisingly easy to obtain and extremely broad in their coverage. They represent the bare minimum of animal welfare and public safety standards that an exhibitor is expected to meet. These licenses are often obtained and used as a loophole by private owners who wish to circumvent restrictions on private ownership of species such as big cats.

These lax standards have resulted in numerous tragedies — including severe injury and even death for both humans and animals. See our exotic animal incidents database for examples.

Tony the Truck Stop Tiger is a prime example of why ownership of exotic animals should not be allowed under such loose standards and poor enforcement. Tony is kept isolated and on display at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana by his “owner,” Michael Sandlin, who possesses a Class C exhibitor license. His truck stop has been cited by the USDA in the past for unsanitary feeding practices, mishandling tigers, failure to provide veterinary care, lack of shelter from inclement weather, lack of clean drinking water, and no knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers — but his exhibit has not been shut down. This bill would ensure that operations like the Tiger Truck Stop are able to remain open under Louisiana law. The fight for Tony is ongoing (read more here), and we must try to prevent other animals from suffering in the same conditions.

Read the full text and follow its progress here.

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/legislation.php?p=4213&more=1

sb 250 2From Ace Bourke’s Blog:

Tony the Tiger – Please sign this new petition urgently!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE to OPPOSE SB 250 and to UPHOLD Louisiana State Law PROHIBITING private ownership of tigers.

Louisiana Senator Rick Ward has introduced bill SB 250 seeking to: “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) The bill is scheduled for Senate floor action TODAY.

Tony has been confined for all of his nearly 14 years. We all know that many many animals are confined and imprisoned all over the world, but somehow for me, Tony the Tiger – in a cage at a truck stop – is a symbol of all that is unacceptable in human-animal relationships.

Let’s do our best to get him released and make his last years peaceful and more enjoyable.

You can read more about the issue HERE and see what further actions we can take. Keep up to date with Tony the Tiger via Facebook and Twitter.

Please spread the word urgently!

Many thanks ACE

http://acebourke.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/tony-the-tiger-please-sign-this-new-petition-urgently/

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Sen. Ward’s Twitter profile picture (no longer posted)

From 2theadvocate:

Sen. Rick Ward sponsors a Bill that Exempts certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules. The bill is 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. For more information, visit http://legiscan.com/LA/amendment/SB250/id/15431 or https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/ and share your opinion.

NOTE: Your comments OPPOSING SB 250 NEEDED on this post from 2theadvocate Click here: https://www.facebook.com/2theadvocatebr/posts/617528398331137?stream_ref=10

Actions To Take For Tony Regarding SB 250   Leave a comment

sb 250 2Consolidating actions to take to help Tony regarding SB 250. Louisiana Senator Rick Ward has introduced bill SB 250 seeking 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.) The bill has passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is up for a vote before the full Senate.

Please take the appropriate actions listed below:

1. PLEASE email the following Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250!!

EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ALL LOUISIANA SENATORS:
http://senate.legis.state.la.us/senators/e-mail.asp

YOU CAN COPY & PASTE THIS MASS LIST FOR YOUR EMAIL:

adleyr@legis.la.gov, alarioj@legis.la.gov, allainb@legis.la.gov, amedeej@legis.la.gov, appelc@legis.la.gov, lasen15@legis.la.gov, brownte@legis.la.gov, smithbuffington@legis.la.gov, chabertn@legis.la.gov, claitord@legis.la.gov, cortezp@legis.la.gov, crowea@legis.la.gov, donahuej@legis.la.gov, dorseyy@legis.la.gov, erdeyd@legis.la.gov, gallotr@legis.la.gov, guillorye@legis.la.gov, HeitmeierD@legis.la.gov, johnsr@legis.la.gov, kostelka@legis.la.gov, lafleure@legis.la.gov, longg@legis.la.gov, martinyd@legis.la.gov, millsf@legis.la.gov, morrelljp@legis.la.gov, morrishd@legis.la.gov, murraye@legis.la.gov, neversb@legis.la.gov, peacockb@legis.la.gov, perryj@legis.la.gov, petersonk@legis.la.gov, risern@legis.la.gov, smithgl@legis.la.gov, smithj@legis.la.gov, tarverg@legis.la.gov, thompsof@legis.la.gov, walsworthm@legis.la.gov, wardr@legis.la.gov, whitem@legis.la.gov

2. LOUISIANA RESIDENTS: It’s crucial to contact your Senators. As their constituents you have influence on the bills they support/oppose.

3. Sign and Share this change.org Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/louisiana-state-senate-oppose-sb-250-uphold-louisiana-state-law-prohibiting-private-ownership-of-tigers

4. Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Easy share options below.

Our support for Tony must remain strong and vigilant. Thank You ALL for caring and for your positive advocacy on behalf of Tony.

New Pics and Tony “In The News”   Leave a comment

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Tiger Truck Stop (Tony’s “Enclosure” is to the Right) ~ Taken March 2, 2014 ~ Courtesy @PuppyProtector1

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Thanks to @PuppyProtector1 & @sarahzaun for sharing their pictures of Tony.

An article about Tony was posted in The Daily Reveille on February 27th titled: Truck stop tiger raises legal controversy in Grosse Tete

Your comments supporting Tony’s release to a reputable sanctuary are always appreciated on articles. Visit: http://www.lsureveille.com/news/truck-stop-tiger-raises-legal-controversy-in-grosse-tete/article_2ea90d1e-a03b-11e3-ad41-0017a43b2370.html to leave a comment.

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Here’s a montage of Tony from @PuppyProtector1 from his visit in January 2014

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Please continue to network Tony’s story by sharing posts, pictures and his petition. Thanks everyone for your support.

Tony Is A Finalist For A Shorty Award! Petition Reaches 37K!   Leave a comment

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If you are one of the many friends who tweet for Tony and supported his Shorty Awards campaign aimed at raising awareness for captive tigers, you’ll be happy to hear that Tony is a finalist in the category of Non-Human.

He finished in third place with 335 nominations. Each Official Category has 7 finalists. These include 4 with the most nominations from the public and 3 chosen by a new Shorty Awards Nominating Board made up of professional journalists from around the world.

The winners of the 6th Annual Shorty Awards, as chosen by The Academy, will be revealed at the ceremony on April 7th, 2014 at TheTimesCenter at the New York Times building in New York City.

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Tony’s change.org petition reached 37,000 signatures on February 23, 2014. This petition has gathered signatures from all over the world and keeps people updated, supportive and demonstrates the interest in Tony’s case.

If you have signed, Thank You – please continue to share the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary and if you haven’t signed, please do and also share.

The petition and the Shorty Awards nomination are important ways to maintain visibility to Tony’s plight and also to continue networking the serious issue of captive tigers in the United States.

Your positive support and dedication as always is greatly appreciated. Any updates concerning Tony’s case will be posted as we receive them and also reference The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s page for Tony.

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