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Tiger Caged in a Louisiana Gas Station … Seriously?

Tiger Caged in a Louisiana Gas Station … Seriously?

Care2 petitions have helped ban the use of tigers and other wildlife in circuses. But they haven’t stopped a truck stop in Louisiana from having Tony, “The Truckstop Tiger” … yet. The 13-year old Siberain-Bengal has been providing entertainment for visitors, despite his exposure to loud noises and fumes from diesel trucks. Tony has been stuck there for 10 years.

The Dodo reported, “Tony the Tiger will likely remain in his cage at the truck stop, despite a lawsuit brought against Tony’s owner, Mike Sandlin. Now, a bill to provide Sandlin with legal exemptions so he can keep Tony is creeping up the political ranks.

What do you think? Should Tony be in an animal sanctuary instead of a cage at a truck stop? If your answer is yes, please sign the Care2 petition telling Governor Jindal to veto Senate Bill 250, that would provide an exemption for Sandling from state restrictions on owning exotic cats.

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4:12PM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

I can't believe that they are getting away with this for so long. Ignorant people.

3:35AM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

I have signed the petition, I hope it does some good for poor Tony.

3:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

This poor creature belongs in sanctuary, not. caged in a Louisiana gas station!

10:30PM PST on Feb 13, 2015

This has gone on way too long. We must sue the state and get this over with. What a rotten human to torture an animal like this just for profit.

7:40AM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

This has been going on for so long......I hope one day, Tony's owner will be awakening to see the joy of FREEDOM, free of the mind, and free from burden. Every one has to stop at his gas station and naturally force him to have financial problem. He will not see true freedom and love without experiencing himself. Maybe he should visit the state prison and see the looks on those prisoners. Something has to evoke him,. So sad to live without wisdom and compassion and cause suffering to other beings.

3:06PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Pray for this tiger's freedom and every other animal that is caged

4:22PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

This baby needs to be set free.

5:56PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

How can we bring this to a successful conclusion with the best outcome for Tony?. I can't say what I really feel about the owner, that may get me kicked out of Care2.

8:18PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

How awful!

6:35AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

hope everything wil be ok

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