How does a tiger caged at a Louisiana truck stop become the subject of a watercolor painting exhibited in a New Jersey library?
Excerpt from “A Captive Tiger Touches Hearts at Palisades Park Library”
PALISADES PARK —Newly mounted in the public library is a watercolor portrait of a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger, his expressive yellow eyes obscured by a chain-link fence and metal bars. It’s based on a dreamlike scene that recently unfolded before Darlene De Santis, a supervisor at the library, when she pulled into a truck stop off Interstate 10 in Grosse Tete, La., a village of a few hundred people about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge. “It’s surreal,” she said. “There’s a cage with a tiger.”
Complete article: http://www.northjersey.com/news/a-captive-tiger-touches-hearts-at-palisades-park-library-1.1661721
Thank you: Steve Cavallo for his amazing work on this portrait of Tony, the Palisades Park Library and everyone who supported this project.
This beautiful watercolor painting of our handsome Tony is a work in progress by Steve Cavallo ( stevecavallo.com ) we just had to share.
International Tiger Day, or Global Tiger Day. was created at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 and is celebrated on July 29th.
Its’ goal is to raise world awareness for wild tigers and support for their conservation…we’d also like people to recognize the problem of captive tigers since the U.S. has a significant role to play in ensuring captive-bred tigers don’t feed the global black market for tiger parts.
It is now estimated that close to 3,900 tigers remain in the wild, up from the previous estimate of as few as 3,200 in 2010…but in the United States there are more than 5,000 privately owned tigers!
Read More: http://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/wwf-tiger-farming-in-asia-must-end-us-has-role-to-play
One of the ways you can help captive U.S. tigers is to support legislation to ban private ownership. Ask your congress members to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Visit: catlaws.com for more info.
Another important action to take is to submit your comments to the USDA asking them to STOP allowing public contact with tigers and other dangerous animals. Please visit this link from Wildcat Sanctuary for complete info on how to submit your comment: http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/but-mama-where-did-the-tiger-cub-go/
We’d like to acknowledge the wonderful sanctuaries that have standing offers of a home for Tony:
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida ~ http://bigcatrescue.org/
The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN ~ http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/
The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg CO ~ http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/
Our sincere gratitude to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for their extraordinary representation of Tony and dedication to him. Please visit aldf.org to learn more about them and their tremendous work to help animals through the legal system.
To learn more about the legal battle to “Free Tony The Tiger”:
Tony’s change.org petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce the law remains open and has over 56,000 signatures:
Petitions provide a platform to keep people supportive, involved and updated as well as to demonstrate the interest and support Tony has worldwide.
Tony has become the “Ambassador” for captive U.S. tigers and has raised awareness to this serious issue globally through social media.
Join ~ Follow ~ Share these social networking sites for Tony
If you visit Tony, document your visit with pictures and/or video and please share them. Send us a tweet via Twitter or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to Tony and positive support of his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.