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The Dodo ROARS For Tony!   Leave a comment

Our sincerest thanks to The Dodo for creating this wonderful video for Tony.

We’re honored to have some of our footage used in it from when we visited Tony.

As of our posting,  it has over 427,000 views on Facebook and over 4,300 shares.

Please share and never stop ROARING…

For Tony and Captive Tigers on World Animal Day   Leave a comment

wad-tony-2016Apologies for the late post…but we wanted to share our entry for World Animal Day highlighting Tony and captive tigers.

Please visit: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/events/view/roar-for-tony-captive-tigers-on-world-animal-day to view.

Learn more about World Animal Day, celebrated on October 4th, 2016, here: worldanimalday.org.uk/

Action to support legislation banning private ownership of big cats can be taken at catlaws.com

Tony’s petition will remain open: https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

We appreciate everyone’s support of Tony and ask for your continued positive energy for him.

Story behind Tony, Louisiana’s famous truck stop tiger   Leave a comment

Repost from Houston Chronicle. Direct link: http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Caged-The-strange-story-of-Louisiana-s-gas-9236732.php

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At a gas station off Interstate 10, you may not be able to put a tiger in your tank, but you certainly can see a live one while topping yours off.

Tony is a real tiger, living in a real cage at a real gas station about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge. And, his fate has been the epicenter of a five-year fight over whether the tiger should be kept in captivity at the truck stop in Grosse Tete, a village of 670 people whose name means “Big Head.”

The Bengal tiger has been living at Tiger Truck Stop for 16 years and spends his day as a roadside attraction that is odd, even by Louisiana standards. The truck stop revels in the notoriety, selling T-shirts reading “Animal Rights Activists Taste Like Chicken.”

READ MORE: Animal welfare group threatens Houston restaurant giant over white tigers at aquarium

But, Tony’s fate – and the fate of any potential replacement – has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation.

Truck stop owner Mike Sandlin has had Tony for 16 years and has said repeatedly he takes good care of the big cat and genuinely cares about the animal’s welfare. Tony lives in an enclosure with toys, shade and water.

In pictures, Tony’s enclosure appears to be cleaner and more orderly than most truck stop bathrooms.

“Tony is happy and healthy at the truck stop in his 3,200-square-foot habitat,” Sandlin told The Times-Picayune/Nola.com.

READ MORE: Conroe Police release 911 call that alerted authorities to loose tiger

But, Sandlin’s detractors have gone to court to try and free Tony the Tiger, saying a truck stop is no place for a big cat to live. Gas fumes, noise and little room to roam, they say, are tough on a tiger.

“For us it’s absolutely about the welfare for Tony,” Animal Legal Defense Fund lawyer Matthew Liebman told a Louisiana legislative committee in 2014. (This is the same group threatening to sue Houston billionaire Tillman Fertitta over four white tigers living at the downtown aquarium.)

There’s a Facebook group hoping to free Tony along with multiple petitions aimed at doing the same thing, but thus far, they haven’t had much success. And, Tony has drawn fans from around the country, some of whom have gotten tattoos or painted murals of the cat.

Court rulings against Sandlin were thwarted in 2014 by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal (he of the short-lived 2016 presidential run).

Jindal signed into law a legislative nose-thumbing at animal rights activists aimed at helping Sandlin. In short, the law overturned rulings barring corporate ownership of big cats and other exotic animals and exempts Sandlin from the state’s ban on owning big cats.

None of this impacts the Louisiana State University mascot, Mike the Tiger, and the on-campus enclosure.

“The threat of him being drug away to some strange place — never petted, never sweet-talked to again…I would not stand by and see that happen to that tiger,” Sandlin told the New Orleans newspaper. “To have these idiots, these nuts that think they know more about tigers than I do — I can’t stand it.”

A Captive Tiger Touches Hearts at Palisades Park Library   Leave a comment

tony-painting-watermarkedHow 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.

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Speak Out For Tigers & Big Cats NOW!   Leave a comment

FINAL TWO DAYS! One of the most important actions we can take to help stop the abuse and exploitation of captive tigers and big cats like our beautiful boy Tony is to speak out for them by submitting comments to the USDA asking them to STOP allowing public contact with dangerous animals – cubs and adults.

Wildcat Sanctuary has made it super easy to do at the following link – providing more info and comment examples. Please see their post here: http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/but-mama-where-did-the-tiger-cub-go and TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Thank you TWS for your guidance on this important issue and for providing exemplary homes and care to these amazing cats. (Wildcat Sanctuary is one of three sanctuaries that has a standing offer of a home for Tony.)

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Louisiana Flood Update   Leave a comment

For those inquiring about Tony and the devastating floods in Louisiana: Calls to the truck stop informed us they were not affected by the floods, and they and Tony were safe. Thank you Desiree Wood for stopping to check on Tony recently (August 18) and for these pictures. Tony was in his den when she visited. If anyone visits Tony please share your pictures with us – email: tonythetruckstoptiger2016@gmail.com
To support animals in the flood areas please visit Humane Society of Louisiana on Facebook and their website: http://news.humanela.org/ for more information.

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International Tiger Day 2016   Leave a comment

tonysteveThis 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”:

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/tony-the-truck-stop-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:

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

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Twitter:
@FreeTonyTiger
@TonyTiger2000

Instagram: @tonythetruckstoptiger

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

If you visit Tony, document your visit with pictures and/or video and please share them. Send us a tweet via Twitter or email: tonythetruckstoptiger2016@gmail.com

We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to Tony and positive support of his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

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