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Tony, a magnificent tiger in imprisoned and caged in a tiny enclosure in the Truck Stop. He has been there for years and his owner Michael Sandlin will not released to sanctuary at BigcatRescue. Please help to gain his freedom.

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Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 4:56 am
This is Big Cat Rescue page, actions and petitions with Sky to try to get Sandlin to release Tiger to the sanctuary there. The fight still continues, for Sandling doesnt care about the welfare of Tony, he sees him only as 'money' for his Truck Stop business. Exploitating the magnificent fellow.
Come to the meeting: Bring everyone who cares about animals to the council meeting on January 20th, 2009at 6 PM at Iberville Parish Courthouse 2ND Floor,58050 Meriam Street Plaquemine, LA 70764 225-687-3257 Meet some of the Iberville Parish councilmen Page 1 and Page 2. Let us know you are coming by emailing

You should also send copies of your letters to Gov. Bobby Jindal and invite him to the council meeting so he can see first hand. He says on his web site:

"Bobby Jindal believes Louisiana must break free from the lingering legacy of the past and fully embrace a government that is honest, more efficient, accountable to all its citizens and attractive to deal with by outside investors. Louisiana must proceed quickly and forcefully to overcome a stereotype built up over decades, which continues to hamper our ability to expand the economy and improve the quality of life in our state." Write the Governor HERE


Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 5:14 am
Please send this letter to the Iberville Parish council before 1/16/09 and, if you can, please attend their meeting on January 20th, 2009 at 6 PM at Iberville Parish Courthouse 2ND Floor, 58050 Meriam Street Plaquemine, LA 70764 225-687-3257

Thank you for having the foresight to enact an ordinance that prohibits private ownership of wild, exotic, animals for exhibition. Please support the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries' decision to remove Tony the tiger from the inappropriate truck stop location so that he can be sent to an accredited sanctuary. This action will end the decades of complaints lodged by so many who have witnessed this disgraceful display.

Big Cat Rescue, the world's largest accredited sanctuary devoted entirely to big cats, stands ready with an enormous enclosure that is shaded by trees, full of grass, tree trunks, two caves, one set in a hill, and a pool with constant circulation of spring water. This overlooks a lake, skirted by cattails and frequented by Mallard ducks and swans. Tony will have all of this to himself and you can rest easy knowing that you upheld the law. If exceptions are made to the rules, then rules don't mean much, do they?

Sign your name and give your address so they know you are a real person.

Help Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 5:21 am
Have already taken actions on this. Noted with thanks Simone.

Thank you! You signed at 8:14 AM PDT, Oct 31, 2008

Kathy W (299)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 6:01 am
Petition previously signed. Letter sent. Poor Tony, how miserable he must feel. He desperately needs to go to Big Cat Rescue!
Thank you Simone.

Mariska C (20)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 8:01 am
E-mail sent and petition signed.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 9:58 pm
Thank you everyone. Sandlin will not let Tony go, so the fight continues. Please go to this site, there is a video to watch too.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 10:00 pm
Sorry here is the link to the video and you can comment there as well -

Marc G (113)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 1:46 pm
Message sent.
I've already signed the petition on Nov.1.

Sandra Carr (57)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 3:29 pm
Boted and signed. Thanks.

Pat B (356)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 3:33 pm
Thank You Simone for this. Sending a ltr and petition signed. Noted.
Thank you! You signed at 7:18 PM PST, Dec 14, 2008

Pat B (356)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 3:38 pm
Letter just sent! I hope that Tony can be moved, and taken care of with people who LOVE him, and would be there for his needs. Not some dang truck stop!!!!
Your letter it on its way to the Iberville Parish Council. Thank you for taking the time to write. Please be sure to ask all your friends to do the same. It is easy with the Tell A Friend feature here:

De L (321)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 3:48 pm
Thanks Simone. How sad!!! I had already signed the petition - and I hope that everyone does as well.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 4:03 pm
Please leave Tony in his own home and mind your own business. He is already with people who love him for real, not people who love him as a way to hate others.

Nancy Smiejek (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 4:31 pm
lets put owner in cage for couple years see how he likes it whoops did I say that??? We'll give him food and water

Christina P (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 4:43 pm
Sorry Thomas K. but if you are referring to the people that own him, keep him in a tiny cage surrounded by truck noise, and exhaust fumes as the ones who "love him", you are sadly mistaken. That poor tiger paces all day long in an inadequate space, there are signs posted asking people not to throw rocks at him, he walks back and forth on wet cement, and one of his predeceasers is STUFFED AND MOUNTED OVER A BUFFET COUNTER! What kind of love is that!? Obviously the people petitioning for his life to be improved by moving him to a sanctuary with space, foliage, caves, birds, and fresh air love him because they really care, not to hate others. Now that I've wasted my time addressing Thomas K., (obviously his intention, to distract and take focus from the important issue) Thank you Simone. Petition signed and sent.

Linda H (199)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 5:34 pm
Noted an signed.I live just a few miles from there.Pass the signs all the time.I even Have tickets,so I should go.Thanks,Simone.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 6:41 pm
All I see here is a hate group that is bent on making people miserable who love their animals, Christina.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 6:51 pm
Further, humans have rights. Animals do not. This attack against Sandlin is a violation of his human rights and places a limited subset of hypothetical animal rights over his human rights. Animal rights activists have also been known to bypass due process of law many times, while demanding that the laws that they like be followed to the letter, the way that they dictate.

Since I've never seen a so-called animal rights activist or a so-called animal welfare activist fight for the right of animals to reproduce or to live within human environs, I have to call the entire movement a sham that is aimed at hurting humans and animals with its hate. You don't even recognize basic rights for an animal if it has been touched by humans outside of a small elite, and I don't think that you could love an animal if you had one in your lap. You really do have nothing but hate.

Darlene K (356)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 1:32 am
very noted, and both actions were taken, thank you Simone

Simone Duffin (1462)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 3:10 am
Thank you Cristina for explaining to Thomas K. Do not try to twist this around Thomas K, this is nothing about hate, or human rights- it is about the freedom of Tony to go to Sanctuary. If Sandlin truely 'loved' Tony, he would let him go. And you said Animals have no rights, well, I suppose that means to you that Tony hasn't any rights to live his life in comfort, not as a money making exploitated tiger that he is to Sandlin.

Thank you everbody.

Amena Andersson (187)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 2:36 pm
Thank you, Simone. Petition signed. Will go do the letter. Peace.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 3:41 pm
It has everything to do with human rights, Simone. That tiger is Sandlin's property and he has the right to decide how to care for that tiger. Going to the sanctuary away from the home that he has lived in all his life is not freedom, he doesn't know Carole Baskin and probably doesn't want to know her, and she would deny him the touch and companionship of the man who raised him, as she would deny everyone their pets.

These sanctuaries whose owners go around bashing on the rights of other owners are worse exploiters than someone who raises them to use for food. They exploit the animals, they exploit the owners, they exploit people like you, and they get everyone who they can to hate decent people who just wanted a nice pet.

Debbie L (180)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 5:19 am
Letter sent and petition gladly signed, thank you Simone.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 23, 2009, 5:36 pm
My Wife Mirella Will Do The Emailing etc.
Thomas K I Now Make It A Point.
You Have NO Rights In My Eyes & Animals Do, Go Shove Your Retarded Views & Wild Animals Belong FREE Not Stuck With some Money Hungry Ankle Who see the Tiger As Theirs.
I Wonder Why You Come Here You Are NOT About animals But rather To Confuse People With Nazi Laws.
For The Record Humans Really OWN NOTHING Thats Why They Have retarded Laws & People Like You Are Not killed At Birth.
The Tiger Belongs To Mother Earth ...
I Am Ungovernable & In My Law Bitch thomas You Have Less Rights Than A Cockroach.
Animals Do Have Rights, GOD Given ights & Bitches Like You Stand Behind Nazi Laws Made By Fuckwits Like you.
I Have 5 Cats, Wild Birds (Free) & For The Record Animasls Everywhere Love Me .... My Mates Pit Bull Loves Iit when I Go over, We Play Fight, Run Arouund And Act Like Idiots.
I Know I Love Animals & So Does God, Better Still Animals Love Me.
Avenging Angel Warrior Is Right About You Thommo, You Are A TROLL.
Sorry To The Lovers Here But thomas K Sucks Ass.

Mirella Burgess (75)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 2:18 am
Thanks Simone

Thomas K, YOU ARE A *ICKHEAD how dare you say that animals dont have rights.
Have you forgotten that humans are also animals.

You horrible little man.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 12:13 pm
How dare you say that humans don't have rights?

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 7:26 pm
ThomAS mIRELLA iS CORRECT, iT wAS you That Said animals Have No Rights, Well Humans ARE Animals , Mammals To Be Correct So Poor Thomas You Have No Rights acording To YOU!!
How Old Are You Thomas?? What Are You Scared Of??

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 12:51 am
Freedom and animal rights are non negotiable. Point blank, animals are for this earth and the wilderness. No wild animal should live in a "prison" ever.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 2:11 pm
Why not, Julie?

Simone Duffin (1462)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 11:01 pm
Goodness sake Thomas, dont get on here rubbishing Sky and all of us who are trying to free Tony. Go back to Sandlin who evidently sent you here, you are getting nasty and very tiresome. And if anybody is a nasty piece of work, it is you, stop coming here insulting everyody.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 10:28 am
Your people have been treating Michael Sandlin to a lot of undeserved disrespect and you just can't realistically expect people to respect you, now with that treatment of Sandlin and not with the history of animal rights activism.

Christina P (0)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 11:44 am
Once again, I think we need to step back and recognize that Thomas K. is simply on this site to distract everyone from the real issue, liberating a wild animal from the confines of a damp cement cage surrounded by exhaust fumes and truck noise. I know that he will inevitably reply to this with an insulting comment directed at me personally (Unless he's somewhere on another site defending NFL player Michael Vick's "human right" to fight, murder, and abuse dogs) but I know that I will have to ignore his deliberate rancour, as should everyone else now, and get on with what's important; the next step to free Tony.
Simone: If we've signed the petition and written the letter, what is our next step? I live in Canada so I can't come down there in person. Is there more we can do? I hope so.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 2:54 pm
Your goal is to take something away from someone that belongs to them, to disrespect human society and culture, and to put the rights of animals above the rights of humans. Try to stop insulting my intelligence.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 2:58 pm
Step away from the tiger, Lady. It doesn't belong to everyone and it doesn't belong to you. It belongs to Michael Sandlin. He loves it more than you do, too.

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 9:52 pm
He's over on our site too-and he's running between the 2-Sandlin has got to be shaking in his shoes to have sent in such a formidable opponent for us ;-) it's going to be fun to watch him run between the two to cover for Sandlin-Thomas, as I said-you are a great source of amusement-don't let us down! You're a laugh a minute.

Monday February 9, 2009, 7:31 am
Thomas THIS IS NOT YOUR TIGER you dumb ass. Get a life buddy. If you have something to say come to the meeting on Feb. 17Th!!!!

Why don't you come tell me to my face how you feel COWARD!

Go beat your wife and children god knows I'm sure you feel that is your right!

When people choose to abuse or neglect the voiceless it becomes everybody's business...

You got a problem with this come see ME!

Grow some balls son!

NO human has the right to commit animal cruelty! It's a FELONY in Louisiana......

Monday February 9, 2009, 7:37 am
Tony is a living breathing creature NOT a piece of property THOMAS.


Each time you speak your ignorance is so clear......

You want to try to stop me go ahead. Just know it's going to take a much bigger person to stop the fight for TONY.

YOUR BALLS are not big enough!

You are a disgrace to society! Just as Michael Sandlin is!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 9, 2009, 8:18 am
Sky Williamson, your personna is painfully familiar. Get a life.

Dusty K (1339)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 4:40 pm
FREE TONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mirella Burgess (75)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 9:54 pm
Thomas you are just like another Michael Sandlin, people like you make me sick. Your a loser Thomas!

And Thomas one way or another we will FREE TONY...


Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:09 pm
F### off Thomas. YOu are really annoying me now.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:13 pm
I am not partipating in your rubbish any longer, I am going to ignore you, you are totally tiresome. Answer all you like, not giving you anymore attention, ramble on.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:16 pm
Thomas K At it again ... LMFAO.
I'm Guessing Your In your Mid Twenties (If Your Older Then It Says Alot About Your Nature).
Dude Adsense sucks & Buggered If i'm Gonna Get You charged $$$ So You Can say Crap.
Quite simply Thomas You Need "Rededucating" Stop Picking On Women You Moron & Get A Life & A GIRLFRIEND Or A Man If your that way Inclined & learn how to love.
Personally I think your A total **ck-head But Let My Brothers & sisters Confirm that Eh ....

Gene Police Here - Thomas K Get out of The pool

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:26 pm
Please, keep on, this is so fascinating. How old are you Christian, about 11?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:29 pm
Old Enough To Spot A complete *ickhead

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:33 pm
Don't hold anything back. Tell me how you really feel.

Simone hates the human race. I get that. How many of you would kill off nine tenths of the human race to help the animals?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:42 pm
To Be honest thomas I would Get rid Of you.
But!!! I Know Where Your Coming from ... Get Some Councelling Dude!!
Stop Picking On Women & I'm A aussie Also!! Pick On Our Women & LOOOK OUT :-)
Dude You Have NO Friends, No love & No Constructive Reason For Being On Care2.
I'm quite Certain That Simone Would Be Doing heaps For The animals Considering she Lives In Victoria After Some Grogan Like You Set Bush Fires.
I Pray Eric Puts You straight & bans You Like He Banned Me For A week For Sticking Up For Palestinian Children.

Get Out Of The Closet Thomas

Linda H (199)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:47 pm
I hate to get into this but I will!Thomas.Look at the end of your name and add another S!The fact is if man or what ever really loved Tony he would want what is best for him and not keep him for profit or love or what ever.He can not care for him properly so let him go so he can be free and maybe even mate.There are places that would give him a great home and for that matter if Michael Sandlin wished to visit he could and it would alleviate the burden of care and expense Mr.Sandlin has.One question are you a personal friend of the man and how do you know he loves him so much? Think on this;“If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was.” Thanks,Simone

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 17, 2009, 11:55 pm
Michael Sandlin's place is a place where Tony will be taken care of properly and it's the activists who have managed to get laws passed so that he can't mate and have children legally.

The activists abuse the law to steal properties and rights that people have earned, and the law is wrong for going for this ongoing swindle.

On the other hand Carole Baskin makes fur coats out of tigers, does not take such good care of them, and has numerous USDA violations of her own.

Chris S. (0)
Wednesday February 18, 2009, 8:15 pm
Sky might have gotten a favorable decision in this matter had her and her animal rights liberal elitest cronies simply came here to south Louisiana and tried to free Tony.
But instead of focusing on only that, they decided to take the time to insult everybody they came across, calling them inbred rednecks and whatever other insulting epithets for southerners they could think of.
How can you expect people to respect you and your opinion when you offer no respect to anyone else in return?

Thomas K (2)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 4:18 pm
Chris, you are so right.

Friday March 6, 2009, 5:03 pm

Thomas Kirby spends a lot of time online bashing people. There are post about him from other people across the internet.

You can NOT fix ignorance, just IGNORE HIM!

He's not worth our effort or time, period..................

Simone my friend I agree "F### off Thomas." LOL and Chris!!!!!


Friday March 6, 2009, 5:16 pm
calling them inbred rednecks

WRONG! Watch the video if you would like call The Advocate they will tell you that Sky Williamson said no such thing.

Matter fact the women who said it was born and raised in LOUISIANA! HA

Chris S. (0)
Tuesday March 10, 2009, 10:41 am
I did infact watch the video clip, on the Baton Rouge local news and on Sky's website. The one's posted by Sky and her friends seem to have edited out the vast majority of the insults that were thrown around by them, unlike the one played on local news. Go figure, huh?

But, if you had read my post slower, you would have realized that I never said it was Sky herself that was casting insults, but instaed used the pronoun "they" refering to the group as a whole, not a specific person.

Also I don't know if you realize that you're rebuttal to my statement only helps to reinforce it, due to the fact that you verified that insults were thrown by the "animal rights" activists and you obviously agree with those insults since you seem to find them so amusing.

One more thing before I go. I really don't think my comment was offensive to anyone here, nor was it intended to be, I was simply stating what I witnessed and my opinion of it. If you really think my comment warrented being told to ""F### off" as you so delicately put it, then I would seriously suggest that you attend some anger-management classes.

Have a nice day. :)

Chris S. (0)
Tuesday March 10, 2009, 10:53 am
One other thing simply because I'm curious.
If you are Sky Williamson like your profile suggests you are, Why are you refering to yourself in third person??? Just seems a tad odd to me.

"Sky Williamson said no such thing."

Thomas K (2)
Tuesday March 10, 2009, 2:38 pm
Chris S., I generally like leaving the inappropriate comments up instead of complaining about them because they make it easier for people to see who and what we deal with.

People who believe that they are royalty or of high moral authority refer to themselves in the third person. It's pretty pretentious, isn't it?

I trust Michael Sandlin with the animals long before I would trust Carole Baskin.

Chris S. (0)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 9:34 am
Well, here s a update on Tony.
The West Baton Rouge parish council has voted to let Tony stay as long as there is imporvements to his enclosure.
From talking to people I know in W.B.R., the main reason this decision was reached was due to the actions of Sky and her friends.
The blatant display of crudeness, rudeness and general disrespect to everyone by Sky and her friends was not even on a sub-human level, it was sub-animal wildlife level. My golden retriever Rex has better manners than these "people" did. Maybe that elitist attitude goes over well where your from, but most decently raised people are not going to respond positively to being called a "inbred redneck", especially when you are asking them for something.
Like my mother told me, "Ask nicely or don't ask at all."

Thomas K (2)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 5:15 pm
The real person comes out when they do these actions, Chris. The way that they act is part and parcel with what they do to people.

Chris S. (0)
Tuesday March 24, 2009, 9:30 am
Well Thomas, I understand what your saying.
I came here and simply made a comment on the actions of these people and was promptly attacked by Sky. I took neither a pro or con stance on the subject of Tony, but since I dared bring to light the appalling tactics used by them, I was vilified. Sky was by far the worst "ally" Tony could have possibly had in this matter.
What I saw is what I saw, Sky cannot argue facts, although I'm sure she will give it a shot anyway.

Thomas K (2)
Tuesday March 24, 2009, 11:59 am
What kind of people always do these things to people, Chris?

Saturday May 16, 2009, 6:47 am
You guys are talking out of your ass and have no idea what you are talking about. Get a life even more so get a brain.... There is this thing called compassion which you seem to know nothing about. There are always losers like you that sit at your computer and voice your empty opinions but yet you don't have the balls to face me and say how you feel......Go educate yourself about this situation and then maybe someone will care about what you have to say.
Oh poor baby CHRIS S. " promptly attacked by Sky" you poor baby!!! Your a coward to that sits behind a computer screen spiting stupid comments but don't have big enough balls to really stand for what you believe in.
Thomas your just a loser. You are kicked off of web sites all the time because of you have a big mouth and nobody cares what you think.

Thomas K (2)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 10:27 am
Sky, you base your entire life on doing dirt to someone like Mike who has never harmed you and who has done good things for tigers. That should say enough right there.

Thomas K (2)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 7:18 pm
Michael Sandlin has done a lot more for the good of tigers than you ever have or will, period.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Sunday May 17, 2009, 9:06 am
Leave Sky alone Thomas, she fights for Tony's freedom, you come on here to make trouble, Big difference.

Thomas K (2)
Sunday May 17, 2009, 6:31 pm
It looks to me like Sky is the biggest troublemaker in this debacle. Louisiana had no worldly use for her and neither do the tigers.

Chris S. (0)
Thursday May 21, 2009, 1:40 pm
Sky, the very same bad attitude you display on this board is the same bad attitude that lost you your fight to free Tony. Hasn't seemed to work out that well for you. Maybe you should learn some new terror tactics.

Your just the common run-of-the-mill liberal elitest Eco-Nazi, if anybody dares to have a differing opinion than you, they are uneducated, a coward, a redneck, etc, etc. Blah Blah, like I said, try something new cause we have all heard it before.
You think my opinion is "empty"? Well, think of me what you will, because if you think my opinion is "empty", then I must be doing something right.

So you go ahead and sit way up there on your high and mighty throne if you like, but remember this, Tony is STILL in a cage at truckstop on the side of I-10 and its all YOUR fault. Michael Sandlin thanks you every day, you were the best ally he could have had..

. (0)
Monday July 20, 2009, 4:46 pm
Update July 20, 2009: The Iberville Parish has allowed Michael Sandlin to keep Tony the tiger at the truckstop. Now he must obtain a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Please contact them and ask that they NOT issue a permit to the Truck Stop and that they send Tony the tiger to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries c/o Maria Davidson at 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (225) 765-2800

Thomas K (2)
Monday July 20, 2009, 8:51 pm
Michael Sandlin has a right to own and breed tigers. Please stop trying to intefere with that right.
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