Victory! Tiger Truck Stop’s Permit Revoked

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Caldwell of the East Baton Rouge District Court ruled in favor of a motion filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to free Tony, a siberian-bengal tiger, from his concrete prison at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA, where he exists as an attraction for his owner Michael Sandlin.

The ruling will force the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to revoke the permit that has allowed Sandlin to keep Tony for all these years. Not only will the current permit be revoked, but the LDWF will also be prohibited from issuing the Tiger Truck Stop any new permits to keep tigers.

Tony has lived at the Tiger Truck Stop since 2000, he’s been alone there since 2003. His plight has garnered the attention of travelers, animal lovers and celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kristin Bauer who have been fighting for years to have him freed from the cage where he’s been stuck surrounded by the constant sound and smell of trucks and diesel engines.

Last May, Caldwell issued a similar ruling granting the ALDF’s request for a permanent injunction against the LDWF, preventing them from renewing Sandlin’s annual permit as of December on the grounds that it was illegal for them to issue one in the first place, but the Louisiana Court of Appeals overturned the ruling on the basis that Sandlin should have been part of the lawsuit, which led to a new trial.

“We are thrilled that the court made the right decision,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure Tony’s next home is a reputable, accredited sanctuary that can give Tony the life he deserves.”

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Photo credit: arnybo via flickr

318 comments

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C.1 years ago

I'm confused. The article starts off saying "On Wednesday...." Which wednesday are we talking about? This particular article was published in 2011.

Via the internet and the ALDF website it says on June 20, 2014: "Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed “SB 250”—a bill exempting the owner of Tony the Tiger from existing Louisiana law that prohibits private possession of dangerous and exotic large cats". Meaning this is still being batted around by lawyers in court and it appears that Tony is still in his concrete home at the Truck Stop.

Arlene C.
Arlene C.1 years ago

Bravo à nous tous membres Care2 et bon dimanche Alicia

Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Why this old news is still hanging around? Tony is STILL in the same spot and it is 2014!

Angela Padovani
Angie P.1 years ago

I see the article is from 2011. I hope Tony is in a better place and enjoying his life after 12 years in a cage.

Dung V.
Dung V.3 years ago

Oh,by the way,why did the EBRDC judge not say anything about removing Mike 6 from LSU's campus in Baton Rouge too while he's at it?

Dung V.
Dung V.3 years ago

Why the Hell did an East Baton Rouge District Court judge decide to remove Tony from his place in Gross Tete and send him to a "place of sanctuary"?Oh wait,the judge hates tigers ,that's why he wants Tony to go to the "sanctuary" in another city/town/state.To me,the East Baton Rouge Judge should not make this decison,because if the city court judge,the city council and people in the city of Gross Tete along with 2,400 people even people that come from all over the world to see Tony have not said anything about his living conditions,so what makes the EBRDC judge think he can do this.He even got LDWF involved in this STUPID,rediculous situation!

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Great news! This tiger will finally get the care that he needs and deserves.

Kati T.
Kati Taylor3 years ago

Elizabeth C., have you ever been in close contact with a cat? Even tigers tend to climb and jump a big. He gets on top of his house, rolls over, and scratches his back on it. There is grass, toys, and a big pool of water. Goodness gracious, Tony has better and healthier living conditions of the truckers that come to see him!

federico bortoletto

TONY libero!

Sandi C.
Sandi C.4 years ago

POOR TONY!