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World Animal Day: Roar for Tony the Tiger and Captive Big Cats in the U.S.!   Leave a comment

Today is World Animal Day. Tony has raised incredible awareness for captive tigers and big cats in the United States. He truly has become the ambassador for his brothers and sisters who are exploited as roadside attractions, used in circuses and traveling shows, and for cubs who are bred for cub-petting and photo ops. We’ve added Tony’s story to the World Animal Day event list in the hope that it will reach more people who will support Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary and help support federal legislation to end the private possession and breeding of big cats in the U.S..

Please take a moment to visit our post and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldAnimalDay

 

The mission of World Animal Day is “to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.”

Please visit their website to learn more: https://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/

We once again thank EVERYONE for their positive support of Tony and for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary. Never Give Up…Never Stop Roaring. ♥ Stay Strong T ♥

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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.

ROAR FOR TONY & CAPTIVE BIG CATS ON WORLD ANIMAL DAY!   Leave a comment

wad 2015 On World Animal Day  we hope to bring Tony’s story and that of captive big cats to people worldwide and ask for support of Tony and for U.S. residents to take action for captive big cats.

World Animal Day 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 animals, 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. Learn more on the official World Animal Day website: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/

 

Our submission for World Animal Day follows (waiting approval ~ will post link shortly)

tony profile

People all over the world have become aware of the serious issue of captive tigers and big cats in the United States because of a very special tiger named Tony who has lived all of his fifteen years as a roadside attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana USA.  Anyone who has followed Tony’s story has experienced both its’ highs and lows. Hard fought victories in court by the Animal Legal Defense Fund found the permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was illegal and revoked; LDWF was blocked from issuing a new permit. Each victory was met with an appeal by Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, and subsequently each appeal was denied. A timeline of Tony’s case can be viewed at this link: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

After exhausting all of his options via the courts, Mr. Sandlin enlisted his state Senator, Rick Ward, to propose a bill, SB 250, to exempt himself from Louisiana state law banning private ownership of big cats. The legislation was passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues their legal battle for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Tony’s change.org petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce the 2006 law banning private ownership of big cats remains open and is nearing 52,000 signatures. Please sign – it is open to everyone.

TAKE ACTION:
https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-amp-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Take action for tigers and big cats! Click the picture and ask your representative to support the Big Cats & Public Safety Act!

Take action for tigers and big cats! Click the picture and ask your representative to support the Big Cats & Public Safety Act!

There are an estimated 10,000 or more captive big cats living across the U.S. They’re housed in backyards, deplorable roadside zoos, and other facilities ill-equipped to care for these wild animals. On September 17, 2015 Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 3546) in the US House. The bill, if enacted, will prohibit private ownership of big cats in the US and help to end the national big cats in captivity crisis. We’re asking United States residents to contact their representative for their support at the following link.

TAKE ACTION:
https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1045

Our vision for Tony is his release to a sanctuary where he will have a home that provides expert care, a natural, spacious, safe habitat, and where he will swim, run, play and engage in a tiger’s natural behaviors — finally rid of the noise, smells and his 15 year incarceration at his truck stop “prison.” Keeping Tony’s story networked is so important. Please check out his social media links and give him a”LIKE” & “FOLLOW” ~ NEVER STOP ROARING!

Join Tony’s Facebook Page:
https://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 Instagram:
https://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/ (@TonyTheTruckstopTiger)

Follow Tony On Twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger (@FreeTonyTiger)
http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000 (@TonyTiger2000)

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

ROAR For Tony and Captive Big Cats on World Animal Day ~ October 4th   1 comment

wad tony 2World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and 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 animals, 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.

Tony is in our hearts and on our minds every day, but special days like this help to bring his story to more people and gain their support for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Please share this post and Tony’s event page on the World Animal Day website:

http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/event/roar-for-tony-captive-big-cats-on-world-animal-day-2/

There you will find actions for Tony and captive big cats as well as links to all his social media sites.

Thanks again for your continued support of the “Free Tony The Tiger Campaign” and to the dedicated efforts of The Animal Legal Defense Fund as they continue the fight for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

ROAR For Tony and Captive Big Cats on World Animal Day!   Leave a comment

wad tonyWorld Animal Day Event Link: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/event/roar-for-tony-captive-big-cats-on-world-animal-day/

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.

While Tony is in our hearts and on our minds every day, special days like this help to bring his story to more people and gain their support for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Tony’s Petition is nearing 31,000 signatures. Please Sign & Share! Petition link: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act has been reintroduced as HR 1998 in the House and S 1381 in the Senate. Please ask your member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor this bill!
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Ask USDA to Ban Cub Handling
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/33158/Respond

Make Your Voice Count Please visit WSPA http://www.wspamove.org/theun/  and participate in their “Make Your Voice Count” campaign. Tell them why animals are important to you and help move the United Nations to get animal protection onto the global agenda.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Tony. We remain positive and dedicated to ensuring his release to a proper home.

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/

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