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Friday October 21: Last Day To Help Tigers Like Tony!!   1 comment

Tragedy in Zanesville Ohio

TODAY is the last day to submit comments to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers. This is such an important action to take for Tony and the estimated 5,000 to 10,000 tigers like him privately owned in the United States. { Re: Zanesville tragedy }

For more information see the post Help Protect Captive Tigers in the United States from The Animal Legal Defense Fund below.

Direct link to submit comments: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027-14468  All you need to do is state ” I support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers.”

Please Take Action For The Animals Killed in Zanesville Ohio

Ohio: It’s Time to Ban Dangerous Exotic Animals
https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5229

Ohio Residents: Take Action After Exotic Animal Massacre
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8525

Gov. John Kasich: Ban the sale, ownership, and harboring of wild and exotic animals in Ohio
http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-john-kasich-ban-the-sale-ownership-and-harboring-of-wild-

Continue to support Tony and The Animal Legal Defense by signing and sharing Tony’s petitions and keeping his story active. Visit: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/take-action/ for petition links and more. Upcoming hearings for Tony are scheduled for November 2, 2011.

Thank you again for your support of Tony and all animals who deserve our respect, protection and advocacy.

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Help Protect Captive Tigers in the U.S.

While the disturbing circumstances surrounding Tony the truck stop tiger have have received enormous attention, there are an estimated 5,000 – 10,000 additional captive tigers throughout the U.S. The majority of these big cats are classified by the federal government as “generic” tigers – tigers that are not purebred and are not in the same classification as endangered tigers in zoos (Tony, for example, is a Siberian-Bengal mix). Most of these tigers are kept as exotic “pets” and are virtually unregulated by the federal government due to a 1998 United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) rule that exempted “generic” tigers from the permit and reporting requirements that normally apply to endangered species. Due to the current lack of regulation by the federal government, there is not an accurate count of how many thousands of these tigers are living in the country, or whether they live in potentially abusive – and dangerous – conditions.

After years of pressure by tiger advocates, the USFWS, on August 22, published a proposed rule that would eliminate this generic tiger exemption. Should it be adopted, all tigers in the country, regardless of their lineage, would be better tracked and regulated by the federal government. People who own these tigers would be required to report annually on the number of tigers they have in captivity and on activities involving the tigers. Until this information becomes available, there is only anecdotal knowledge about the extent and whereabouts of the tiger population in this country. Such critical information could play a vital role in advancing laws that acknowledge and protect these currently “invisible” animals.

Take Action!
The USFWS is accepting comments on this proposed change through October 21, 2011 and your help is crucially needed! Please submit a comment in support of the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers today. Your support will help demonstrate to the USFWS that Americans are deeply concerned about better protections and oversight for captive tigers.

Thank You For Roaring For Tony & Tigers!!   1 comment

Thanks to all of Tony’s awesome friends for supporting him and tigers yesterday on World Animal Day.  Currently there are 93,113 signatures combined on his petitions.

Please continue to advocate for Tony and privately owned tigers in the United States.

You have until October 21, 2011 to submit comments to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers. More information from The Animal Legal Defense Fund http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801 andBig Cat Rescue – Tampa FL: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=53173501

This is such an important action to take for tigers – please  share the  ALDF and BCR links above.

Upcoming court dates for Tony October 17 and November 2nd. Keep up to date with Tony at http://www.aldf.org/tony

Your dedication is truly appreciated and is so important because advocating for Tony also exposes the problem of privately owned tigers in the United States. Let’s remain focused for Tony and support positive efforts to give him the home and life he deserves. Roar On…

Current Petition Numbers

ALDF Sponsored Petitions:

1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207  (38,183)

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger  (11,179)

Care2 Sponsored Petition:

3. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/  (43,751)

Roar For Tony & Captive U.S. Tigers On World Animal Day October 4, 2011   Leave a comment

World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and also to bring attention to the importance of animals and raise awareness for them. It began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animal life and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.

We’re getting an early start on this important day to raise awareness for Tony and 5,000 – 10,000 privately owned tigers in the United States.

Please participate in World Animal Day by taking these actions for Tony and captive tigers in the United States. This post is also mirrored as a Facebook online event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=263918206981518

  • Petition Blitz For Tony

Via The Animal Legal Defense Fund: “The court has scheduled two new hearings in the Tony the Tiger case. On October 17th, the court will hear the State’s exceptions, which challenge the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the case. On November 2nd, the court will hear ALDF’s motion for a permanent injunction to revoke the permit that lets Michael Sandlin confine Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop.”

As of this post, Tony’s petitions have a combined total of 92,103 signatures – our goal: 100,000. Petitions are a great way to keep Tony’s story active, people supportive and  also demonstrate the vast amount of supporters Tony has all over the world who want to see him relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Please sign the petitions and share them via email, Twitter and Facebook. There are easy sharing options at the links below.

ALDF Sponsored Petitions:

1. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207  (37,807)

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger  (10,687)

Care2 Sponsored Petition:

3. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/  (43,609)

  • Tweet 4 Tony

Twitter has been a great networking tool for Tony; people all over the world have come to learn about and support Tony. If you have a Twitter account you can follow @FreeTonyTiger and @TonyTiger2000. Please tweet:

Roar 4 Tony @TonyTiger2000 & Captive U.S. #Tigers on @WorldAnimalDay Oct. 4 Info http://ow.ly/6E3PW #SaveTigersNow #FreeTonyNow Plz RT

and

Petition Blitz! Roar On To 100K Plz Sign & RT Tony’s @TonyTiger2000 Petitions http://ow.ly/6DZQW @WorldAnimalDay Oct. 4 #FreeTonyNow

  • More links for Tony to share:

ALDF Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

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/

Your Continued Support For Tony Is Needed!! (Contacts to write to at this link):

https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/your-continued-support-for-tony-is-needed/

Petition Links (Collective): https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/petitions/

Follow Tony On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger and http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000

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

Big Cat Rescue’s (TampaFL) Free Tony Page: http://www.freetony.com/

Act.ly / Twitter Petition: http://act.ly/36o

  • Comment Period Extended To Oct. 21, 2011 For Proposal on Generic Tigers!!


One of the most important actions you can take for tigers is to submit a comment to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027-14468  For more information please watch the following video courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL and visit their action alert at: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=53173501 or see this action alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801

Action Alert!! Save The Tiger! Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPJ3iR-ezg )

Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. Tony The Truck Stop Tiger represents one of the estimated 5,000* tigers privately owned in the United States whose numbers exceed tigers left in the wild. These captive U.S. tigers suffer in backyards as “pets,” in roadside zoos attractions and circuses, and are bred for profit; tiger cubs are exploited in photo ops and exhibitions, and others are condemned to canned hunts and sold on the black market.

Tigers in The U.S. Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n80OuEA2f3w )

There is no conservation value in privately breeding tigers. The only sanctioned tiger breeding program in the United States is the Species Survival Plan in which AZA accredited zoos participate. Privately breeding tigers contributes to the escalating problem of privately owned tigers in the United States.

Backyard Tigers of America Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLeXQQaBkDg )

Tiger cubs are exploited and abused in money-making ploys disguised as “educational shows.” There is nothing educational about displaying cubs in hands-on exhibitions and photo ops – but it is how individuals and pseudo-sanctuaries capitalize on the appeal of these baby tigers and other big cat cubs to lure the public into their unscrupulous schemes. Exploiting tiger cubs by allowing the public to interact with them is not educational, but dangerous and misleading, as well as harmful to the cubs. The real life horrors these cats face once they shed their “cuteness” and turn into 300 to 500 lb. predators are years of captive life in deplorable conditions. Please don’t contribute to this abuse by engaging in these exhibitions, supporting or promoting them.

Cute Tiger Cubs – Robbed from the Cradle Courtesy of Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL

( Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cS5wINA53g )

  • What you can do to help tigers:

Do not patronize or support events that exploit tigers and tiger cubs (or any big cats.)

If there’s an online article about a show coming to a mall, fair, or a circus employing animal acts, comment on it voicing your concern for the animals and your opposition to such shows. Share the information via Twitter and Facebook and ask others to do the same. You can also contact the venue to tell them you do not support such exhibitions of animal cruelty and abuse. If you do see a traveling exhibit, particularly one with cubs, report it to info@BigCatRescue.org

Visit Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL’s Action Alerts for ways you can advocate for big cats: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/home/

Share links to videos and articles about tigers to network the plights they face both in captivity and the wild – some of which have been included in this post.

Support true accredited sanctuaries that provide caring proper homes for big cats such as:

Big Cat Rescue – Tampa FL http://www.bigcatrescue.org

The WildCat Sanctuary http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/

WildCat Haven http://www.wildcathaven.org/

Facilities that breed, buy, sell, force their animals to perform and exhibit them off site are just profiting from these animals and should be avoided.

Such majestic and magnificent cats like tigers should be respected and protected and it is up to those of us who care about Tony and tigers like him to continue to be a strong voice for them. Thank you.*

For more information about World Animal Day, visit their website at: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/index.asp

MISSION STATEMENT – WORLD ANIMAL DAY

To celebrate animal life in all its forms

To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom

To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives

To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives.

*Some content originally posted at: http://tigerworldnews.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/tigers-need-us/

From The ALDF: Help Protect Captive Tigers in the U.S.   Leave a comment

While the disturbing circumstances surrounding Tony the truck stop tiger have received enormous attention, there are an estimated 5,000 – 10,000 additional captive tigers throughout the U.S. The majority of these big cats are classified by the federal government as “generic” tigers – tigers that are not purebred and are not in the same classification as endangered tigers in zoos (Tony, for example, is a Siberian-Bengal mix). Most of these tigers are kept as exotic “pets” and are virtually unregulated by the federal government due to a 1998 United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) rule that exempted “generic” tigers from the permit and reporting requirements that normally apply to endangered species. Due to the current lack of regulation by the federal government, there is not an accurate count of how many thousands of these tigers are living in the country, or whether they live in potentially abusive – and dangerous – conditions.

After years of pressure by tiger advocates, the USFWS, on August 22, published a proposed rule that would eliminate this generic tiger exemption. Should it be adopted, all tigers in the country, regardless of their lineage, would be better tracked and regulated by the federal government. People who own these tigers would be required to report annually on the number of tigers they have in captivity and on activities involving the tigers. Until this information becomes available, there is only anecdotal knowledge about the extent and whereabouts of the tiger population in this country. Such critical information could play a vital role in advancing laws that acknowledge and protect these currently “invisible” animals.

Take Action!
The USFWS is accepting comments on this proposed change through September 21, 2011 and your help is crucially needed! Please submit a comment in support of the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers today. Your support will help demonstrate to the USFWS that Americans are deeply concerned about better protections and oversight for captive tigers. 

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801

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