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

RE: SB 250 ~ Watch Louisiana State Senate in Session   Leave a comment

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Just For Your Information:

You can watch Louisiana State Senate in session NOW here:

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/av.aspx?roomid=8

Click on “Chamber” on the right hand side.

Digest of bills here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Agenda.aspx?m=15838

Update on SB 250 ~ April 23, 2014   Leave a comment

sb 250UPDATE on SB 250:

Current Status:  Subject to call – Senate final passage - Scheduled for 4/23/14

You can track the bill here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

Please continue to speak out AGAINST SB 250. A list of actions for both Louisiana residents and non-residents can be found here:

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

It’s especially important for LOUISIANA residents to call their Senators and ask them to Vote NO on SB 250 to keep Louisiana’s Big Cat Law Strong!

Please take a few minutes to speak out for Tony AGAINST this bill which would “water-down” Louisiana’s Big Cat Law!

Truck Stop Tiger Could Be Denied Legal Protections with New Louisiana Bill via @ALDF   Leave a comment

TONYThe following posted today from the Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Posted on April 22, 2014

Special Exemption Would Keep Tiger at Gross Tete Truck Stop; Advocates Urge Immediate Action

For immediate release:

Contact:
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF

BATON ROUGE — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is calling on the Louisiana state legislature today to defend existing protections for tigers, in light of a bill that could undo every victory made by the organization on Tony the tiger’s behalf. On April 9th, with less than one day’s notice, the Louisiana Senate Committee on Natural Resources rushed through approval of “SB 250.” SB 250 undermines a 2006 state law that bans private ownership of tigers and other large exotic cats 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—a 14 year old Siberian Bengal tiger confined at Grosse Tete’sTiger Truck Stop by Sandlin in violation of the state ban. The Senate is expected to debate the measure today.

Sandlin has been in illegal possession of Tony the tiger since 2000, displaying him in a cage at the Gross Tete truckstop where he is subjected to harmful fumes and excessive noise. In 2011, ALDF sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for unlawfully issuing Sandlin a permit to keep and exhibit Tony. ALDF was joined in the suit by several Louisiana taxpayers, including former Rep. Warren Triche, Jr, the sponsor of the 2006 ban, and has been receiving pro bono assistance from the law firm Baker Donelson. In April 2013, the Court of Appeal held that Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop were ineligible for a big cat permit and could no longer keep Tony. In October 2013, the Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Sandlin’s petition and let that decision stand.Triche explained, “Tony’s situation played a principal role in passing the 2006 bill, as he was a perfect example of why such legislation was needed.”

“ALDF’s Court of Appeals victory to help protect Tony the tiger still stands, yet Sandlin continues to try to undermine the law, year after year,” said Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.“This bill was deviously snuck in the back door, with no notice, and is one more attempt from Sandlin to say he is not accountable by law and should receive special favors—Tony deserves the court to uphold the law.”

Copies of the lawsuit and photographs of Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop are available upon request.

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/truck-stop-tiger-could-be-denied-legal-protections-with-new-louisiana-bill/

Tiger tale back in lege via @The_Gambit   Leave a comment

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.

Latest Update On SB 250 ~ April 22, 2014   Leave a comment

Current Status of SB 250 and more information on the bill posted here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

Subject to call – Senate final passage  -  Scheduled TODAY – Tuesday 4/22/14

Please continue to speak out AGAINST SB 250. A list of actions for both Louisiana residents and non-residents can be found here: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

It’s especially important for LOUISIANA residents to call their Senators and ask them to Vote NO on SB 250 to keep Louisiana’s Big Cat Law Strong!

Please take a few minutes to speak out for Tony AGAINST this bill which would “water-down” Louisiana’s Big Cat Law!

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#Louisiana Residents! PLEASE Call Your Senators NOW and Tell Them to Vote NO on SB 250!   Leave a comment

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Louisiana Residents! PLEASE Call your Senators NOW and tell them to Vote NO on SB 250! Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your State Senator. You 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.”

You can find out who your Senator is here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx by entering your address. A list of your representatives will generate. You need to call your “Louisiana Senate District #” Senator, not your U.S. Senator.

Senators’ phone numbers: http://senate.la.gov/Senators/Offices.asp

Please take a few minutes to be a voice for Tony. Share this post with others. It is crucial that the Louisiana State Senate hear their constituents OPPOSE this bill!

More info:  http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1289250

  • EASY CONTACT FORM TO SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR SENATOR!

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5417

  • Non-Residents of Louisiana – You can take action also. See:

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

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.

Louisiana Residents! Take Action For Tony! via @ALDF   Leave a comment

sb250laversionLouisiana Residents: It’s crucial that your Senators hear from YOU and your OPPOSITION to SB 250, a bill that would “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.)

Please read the following alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund and TAKE ACTION NOW!

Dear Supporter,

The Louisiana State Senate is considering a bill that would expand exemptions to the state’s ban on private possession of big cats. 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.

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other large cats. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. The new bill, called SB 250, would create a “retroactive exemption,” expanding the ways in which people could possess big cats in the state. 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 big cat ownership waste the state’s resources and put animals in harm’s way simply to accommodate those who want to confine wild animals for entertainment or profit.

Take Action!

This outrageous “exemption” bill could be heard on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday, April 15! So now is the time to tell your State Senator that you do not support animal protection law exemptions. Please pick up the phone now!

  • Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your State Senator. You 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.”

Please help us oppose this blatant attempt to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. Tell your lawmakers to keep Louisiana’s big cat law strong instead of watering it down with more exemptions.

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