Take Action!!!   19 comments

“How long should you try? Until.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to recent developments and updates please see this link for ways to Take Action For Tony:


The recent permit renewal on December 14, 2010 by The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will not stop our campaign for Tony’s relocation to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Don’t let this inhumane decision by the the LDWF dissuade you from advocating for Tony –he needs your continued participation and support. When the LDWF showed the same lack of concern for Tony in December 2009, many may have thought Tony’s chance at a real home was lost, but this is an annual permit that must be renewed each year. Tony’s Facebook page was created in February 2010 with the hope of keeping Tony’s story “active” and with your great support – the battle for Tony’s release from the truck stop continues. Your persistent actions have kept Tony in the public’s eye, caught the media’s attention, gained the support of animal welfare organizations and that of people and celebrities worldwide. Tony will be forgotten, nor will we ever give up on him.

This “Take Action” information provides many ways you can be a voice for Tony and remain active in this campaign.

1. Sign and Share Tony’s Petitions – 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.

Recent Petition on http://www.change.org LDWF: Ensure Tony The Tiger Is Released To A Reputable Sanctuary:


ALDF Sponsored Petitions:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6207 CLOSED

http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger CLOSED

Care2 Sponsored Petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129/272/008/ STILL ACTIVE

2. Let The LDWF know your objections to the renewal of their permit and that Tony must be relocated to an accredited big cat sanctuary. Information for the key people to contact can be found here: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/for-tony-louisiana-contact-list/

Louisiana Residents: It’s vital for your elected officials, The LDWF, etc. to hear from their own constituents. So please take the time to write, email or call to tell them a tiger used as a roadside attraction in your state is unacceptable. Contact Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with your concerns for Tony. See this post for information: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/contact-governor-jindal-4-actions-to-take-for-tony/

3. If you go to Tiger Truck Stop to see Tony document your visit with photographs or video and email them along with your personal statement to: Big Cat Rescue – Tampa Florida at MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org Their mailing address is 12802 Easy St. Tampa, FL 33625. Please also post your pictures and videos of Tony on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Your concerns for Tony’s health and welfare along with your photos should also be brought to the attention of the LDWF: Secretary Barham, Maria Davidson and Fred Kimmel. Their contact information can be found at: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/for-tony-louisiana-contact-list/

Also contact the USDA. From http://www.animalabuse.com : “Report Animal Abuse to USDA” It takes many years and many complaints to get the USDA to take action so it is important that you contact them with facts, photos, videos and information they can use.

USDA contact info at:


The USDA’s Investigative and Enforcement Services http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ies/contacts.shtml

Please also try this e-mail address for USDA Secretary Vilsack: agsec@usda.gov and this e-mail for Lynn P. Bourgeois: Lynn.P.Bourgeois@aphis.usda.gov

If there are any veterinarians and experts who can attest to the detrimental effects on a tiger’s health caused by living at a truck stop provide your statements to Big Cat Rescue (Tampa FL)

4. Continue to network Tony’s story; share the links to his ALDF, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and WordPress pages and Big Cat Rescue’s (Tampa FL) FreeTony page along with the link to this post. Another great way to network for Tony is to add some or all of these links to the signature block of your outgoing emails. You’ll be letting people know about Tony with each email you send.

Links For Tony:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Page For Tony: http://www.aldf.org/tony

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Video For Tony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCM6QoWNd0

Tony’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Follow Tony On Twitter:



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

Tony’s Story: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tonys-story/

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

Big Cat Rescue’s (Tampa FL) Video “Tony The Truck Stop Tiger: Update” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gc00OiNh5w

Link To This Post: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/take-action/

5. An easy way to contact the newspaper media about Tony can be found at: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/dbq/media/ Choose Louisiana, and then 5 newspaper contacts. Suggested newspapers: Advocate, American Press, Daily Advertiser, Shreveport Times, Times-Picayune. These are 5 of the largest newspapers (in terms of circulation) in Louisiana. Click on “compose message,” then select “compose your own letter” and click “next step.” You will then be able to write your letter about Tony to these 5 newspapers.

6. Have a Twitter account? Tweet for Tony. You never know who will pick up on Tony’s story. Follow FreeTonyTiger on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/FreeTonyTiger  and TonyTiger2000 at:http://twitter.com/TonyTiger2000  Add the #FreeTonyTiger #FreeTonyNow #TeamTony tags to your tweets for him.

7. Louisiana television media contact list: http://www.mondotimes.com/world/usa/tv.html?state=18 Major stations like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in Baton Rouge are suggested to contact.

8. Major media contact information for CNN, ABC, etc, can be found at: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111

9. Jane Velez-Mitchell featured Tony’s story on her show “Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell” on November 12, 2010 https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/from-issues-with-jane-velez-mitchell-tiger-tug-of-war/ Please contact the show and ask for a follow-up on Tony now that the LDWF issued their permit. Use this online contact form: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?106 or this e-mail: jane@cnn.com On Twitter: http://twitter.com/issueswithjvm

10. www.change.org has been a strong advocate for Tony. Stephanie Feldstein included Tony as one of her favorite causes in her recent post: “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Animal Activists of the Year. “ Please add your thanks and comments here: http://animals.change.org/blog/view/giving_voice_to_the_voiceless_animal_activists_of_the_year

11. Big Cat Rescue (Tampa FL), The Animal Legal Defense Fund, World Society For The Protection of Animals, World Wildlife Fund, are great supporters of Tony. A note of thanks to them and a request for their continued support would be appreciated:

Big Cat Rescue (TampaFL):

email: info@bigcatrescue.org

Reference: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/FreeTony.htm


email: info@aldf.org

Reference: http://www.aldf.org/tony


email: wspa@wspausa.org

Online contact form: http://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/1976_supporter_inquiry_form.cfm

Reference: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/460/714/941/


Online contact form: http://worldwildlife.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/worldwildlife.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php

Reference: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/tigers/captive-tigers/index.html

Accredited sanctuaries are willing to give Tony the home and care he needs and deserves. It is imperative that Tony be relocated to such a sanctuary where he will have the opportunity to receive a life of peace and respect. The average life span of captive tigers who receive proper care is 15 to 20 years; for 10 years, Tony has been subjected to the detrimental elements of the truck stop, received inadequate care, and has been exploited as a roadside attraction. The lack of concern for his health and welfare is disturbing and shameful.

For Tony, please take a few minutes and participate in the above actions, and for the thousands of other privately owned tigers in the United States see this action alert from The Animal Legal Defense Fund: http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1801 and share this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPJ3iR-ezg Deadline to submit comments is October 21, 2011.

Keep Roaring for Tony and these great cats who deserve our respect, protection and our advocacy on their behalf. Thank You.

Posted October 18, 2010 by Free Tony The Tiger

19 responses to “Take Action!!!

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I can not believe that Tony is still living in hell. He should have been allowed to live in a Santuary long ago. The conditions at the truck stop are cruel and inhumane and he will be lonely and depressed. His permit is up in December and SHOULD NOT be renewed so he has to continue living in that lonely hell hole. LET HIM GO so he may live his life with his own kind in an environment that befits a Tiger.

  2. The recent tradegy in Ohio ,surely must make the people responsible for issuing these permits for private zoo’s and individuals to posess these rare and beautiful animals give more thought to what they are doing ,they are not domestic animals ,you cannot have them in your backyard ,those issuing these permits are they held responsible if they escape and tragically kill someone?apparently this situation was known to the authorities for some time ,why was nothing done?these poor animals have died for-nothing ,this man had already been charged for animal cruelty and neglect-shame on those responsible.

  3. The very organisation that should be concerned for the welfare of Tony has let him down ,the Louisiana department of wild life and Fisheries ,they go against their own position statement on privately owned Tigers,this has gone on too long and Tony is suffering ,perhaps the -ego of some individuals have taken over and they are worried they might lose -face -,they- already have ,show compassion for this poor lonely Tiger and -free him before it is too late.



  5. Isn’t there anything the SPCA can do, in the UK we have the RSPCA, there must be an animal welfare organisation that can do something to help him.

  6. this has got to stop, yourself in the cage for a few weeks then tell us what that felt like. the things we do to animals it makes me ashame to say i am an american.

    do the right thing

  7. I just saw my first picture of him, and one of the members of my favorite bands was looking at him, and didn’t look too happy. Tony needs to be freed, and the people who put him in the cage are cruel. I’m surprised PETA hasn’t gotten involved with this.

  8. free him now and let him run free

  9. FREE TONY, DAMN!!!!!!!

  10. Free Tony the tiger. He has suffered enough, let him live his life peacefully. No one would like to be kept in a cage.

  11. please!, please! FREE TONY!!!!

  12. Tony the Tiger has been used as a gimmick for far too long. Enough is Enough, he need to spend to spend his remaining years in a sanctuary. This whole situation is totally appalling.

  13. This abuse must end! It is shameful that LA would allow a tiger to suffer by living in a cage at a truck stop for 1o yrs. Do the right thing and “DO NOT” renew Michael Sandlin’s permit to allow this to continue.

  14. Please allow this beautiful animal to have a better life. He deserves better than this.

  15. Has MAF actually been to see Tony & looked into his EYES or any TIGER that is kept in an unsuitable place
    the eyes are his window to his LIFE you will see SADNESS there x

  16. Where are the big animal welfare orgs? Why haven’t they become involved to try to bring a lawsuit or something? This is insane..


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: