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: email@example.com
We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to Tony and positive support of his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.
Thanks to our good friend on Twitter @jmuhj1 for alerting us to Tony’s “cameo appearance” on Discovery Channel’s “Killing Fields.” A very brief clip of Tony, but we feel it’s important to keep this beautiful tiger and his story fresh and networked. (Click to play video)
You can follow Tony on Instagram @tonythetruckstoptiger Please note, posts are “by Tony.”
If you visit and take pics or video please tag him on Instagram or tweet @TonyTiger2000 and @FreeTonyTiger
We truly appreciate everyone’s positive and dedicated support. Thank you.
THANK YOU for making Tony’s Tweetstorm a ROARING Success!
We “officially” held our Tweetstorm from 1pmEST – 2pmEST on Monday April 20th because of an engagement we were attending that evening in New York City ~ The Shorty Awards.
Yesterday we posted that the hashtag we used, #Shorty4Tony, didn’t trend.
UPDATE! Thanks to friends who kept tweeting and watching the top trends, #Shorty4Tony trended in the U.S. and U.K.!
The Shorty Awards recognize the best in social media and for the second year in a row, Tony ( @TonyTiger2000 ) was a finalist in the Non-Human Category.
If you follow Tony on Twitter you’ll be familiar with his tweets to raise awareness for captive tigers and big cats, his support of numerous animal issues, and his endearing friendships with @LucyLiberte, @IamSmittyKitty and countless other friends.
Tony’s Shorty Awards Campaign focused on the plight of captive tigers in the United States, and although he didn’t win, he raised tremendous awareness for tigers…and of course Tony is always a winner in our hearts.
Screenshot of finalists in the non-human category at the 7th Annual Shorty Awards in New York City April 20, 2015.
Some photos from Monday night:
Our advocacy on behalf of Tony continues in a positive and focused direction as does our support of The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s procurement of Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. Social media is an important part of keeping Tony, updates on his case and the issue of captive tigers networked and retaining people’s support and interest.
So as @TonyTiger2000 as tweeted:
Click the social media buttons below to connect with Tony!
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.
Join Tony on Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger
Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/
Tony’s Story: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tonys-story/
Follow Tony On Twitter:
Tony on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/#
Tony on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tonytiger2000/
Tony On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger
From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:
ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony