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Truck Stop Tiger And The Law

Animals  (tags: Tony the Tiger, Generic tigers, ALDF, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Louisiana, USDA, Big Cat Rescue, Tiger Haven, Endangered Species Act, Wildlife, Animal Welfare, Inbreeding endangered animals, Wildlife rescue, Truck Stop Tiger )

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Louisiana retracts decision to quash a permit that allows a tiger to be caged at a truck stop. The Animal Legal Defense Fund goes back to the batting plate for the tiger while the permit holder says he will do whatever it takes to break their efforts.

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Patrick Donovan (344)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 6:30 am
This is absolutely a rip off. How many business owners does it take to buy a politician? Is the number more or less than that to buy a judge?

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:12 am
Thanks for the article Deb, noted and petitions signed.

Douglas S (1)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:19 am
Thanks for sharing Deb.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:48 am
done and posting in my big cats group :)

Lisa AWAY Neste (206)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 8:43 am
So we wait & see as usual! Poor Tony stuck in the middle of all this bureaucracy. Go ALDF you have my full support. Thanks Deb for this update.

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 9:06 am
...thank you for sharing with us....

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 10:04 am
This animal deserves to be with others like himself, in a place that he can live free of the sad life he is living if you can call that a life!!

Barb K (1687)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 10:34 am
We wait ane we PRAY...Thanks Deb...

Eileen Novak (444)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 10:37 am

Marilyn M (145)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 12:38 pm
Noted and signed petitions. Thank you for the excellent article, Deb.

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 1:45 pm
Thanks for the update on this horrible situation. I signed # 10,829 and will forward too. What is wrong with Sandlin anyway? Maybe he could be offered $$ to let this poor tiger free, it seems to be all he is intersted in anyway. Please keep us informed on the decision, we just can't give up.

Stelizan L (258)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 2:15 pm
Thanks for the update, Deb - and thanks BarbCat for doing the 'usual'!! Yes, we will continue - Sandlin's "like father, like son" attitude will definitely not stop us!

tracey p (81)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 2:19 pm
I have signed every petition I have seen to try to save Tony. I despair at his dreadful situation, and I feel completely disgusted at this Sandlin character. I think he will get another tiger and confine it in the same way, if he has to give up Tony. He has no conscience, and no heart.
Surely, anyone with any degree of care or conscience can see that this is a highly inappropriate life for a magnificent animal like a tiger. Tony must be freed to a sanctuary as soon as possible. He needs to experience a freer life.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 3:59 pm
Thanks for the update Deb. I agree with Lisa and Barb.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:06 pm
Thanks Deb for the update on Tony I have already signed all the petitions and will keep fighting to free Tony from this idiot.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:20 pm
Thank you for bringing this up once again. A good follow-up to your previous article. All petitions signed.

Above all, inbreeding should be made illegal, as should be encaging tigers and turning them into “exhibits“ at truck stops and similarly incredible places. I also have it that, and for the same reason, keeping big cats as pets should not be allowed. Tigers are not exotic toys to boast with in front of friends, as some erroneously suppose -- they are an endangered species that deserve receiving the highest of protections possible in order to save them from extinction in the wild. I must reiterate: Learning about captive tigers' outnumbering wild ones is a shocking revelation to me and a cause for alarm! It is absurd to learn that while zoos and similar facilities have to abide by certain rules to be allowed to keep or breed tigers, individuals have been given a free hand to do whatever they please, which can hardly be more nonsensical. Whoever on Earth could have allowed of this? I applaud it when a species in trouble is listed as endangered and promised (I would love to say 'granted', but it is not often the case) protections, but what does it matter if loopholes are exploited? If a species is found so endangered as to need protection to endure, respecting its status should be unexceptionable, and it is particularly vexing to see how often it is not the case. The supposition that since inbreeding is unnatural among this species in the wilderness, the inbred tigers held in captivity should be exempt from protection is but a self-serving line of thought. Captive, generic, inbred... -- whatever, no less a tiger! I have been following Tony's case for some time, hoping a better future is in store for him, hoping justice will be done! My kudos go to ALDF for their praiseworthy endeavors. I hope this nauseating practice of abusing endangered tigers will be stopped! There are people who have the powers to do that -- will they use them? (I pray for that.)

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:23 pm
Looks like Tony is the result of inbreeding. Just the thought of INBREEDING any animal makes me SHUDDER inwardly & certainly makes me very angry.

Constance F (418)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:27 pm
Thank you for another excellent article, update and actions. All taken. So, Sandlin has found (or his attornies have) a basis for exempting Tony from ESA and federal regulations. Legal garbage.

Anne Settanni (152)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:35 pm
Thanks for posting this article. I am extremely upset that the state of Louisiana decided to condone the shameful internment of this poor animal. I will continue to support the work of the ADL and pray that their next round in court will free Tony from his horrid prison.

Pearl Lam (2)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 6:31 pm
Why is there even an argument about this? Common sense says to me that the truck owner doesn't own the tiger and therefore should free him. It's ridiculous that it's a people's fight instead.

Good luck Tony!

Jae A (316)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:05 pm
I posted the update to this over a month ago on another Tony thread...the day the ruling came.

FYI..Tigers like Tony are loners and don't want to be with others...except to mate of course. Just a fact about his breed. Lions are fine in groups or being near other lions, but not tigers.

FYI...Tony WILL NEVER BE FREE. He was raised [same owner..not bought and sold time and time again like many tigers are] in captivity and will remain in captivity for the rest of his one tiger captivity habit or another. That is just a fact about Tony that nothing, nor no one, will/can change.

Those interested in Tony would do better as to time and efforts spent having the Fed. Laws changed as to Tiger ownship in this country...but this has become a 'personal vendetta' with tiger, when all the tigers out there could be helped by spending that time and effort on having our Fed. laws changed for all those and for future ones. That's common sense folks.

Patricia W (94)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:37 pm
This is exactly why we need to make sure that the "generic tiger loophole' is permenantly closed. TY Deb.

Susanne R (234)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 9:13 pm
I wish that people would stop patronizing the truck stop where Tony is housed. The only interest his owner has in him is to generate more business. Let's face it, if he cared about him at all, he'd want him to have a better and more natural life. If his business declines, he'll probably decide that Tony isn't worth the cost of his meals and might just give him up. What a pathetic man his owner is.

Thanks, Deb. Petitions signed.

Julie P (54)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 9:25 pm
Thank you Deb.

Eternal G (745)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 10:13 pm
This is just LAME, the only thing served here is grave INJUSTICE to Tony and the law of nature!

michelle t (41)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 12:14 am
Thanks Deb.Stop going to this truck stop and let this arsehole go bankrupt.The quicker the better.I would love to see this bastard loose everything and more!! Petitions signed

Elsie Au (259)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 12:23 am
Thanks again Deb for the great article and links to petitions. Generic/inbred tigers or not, they still are a living creatures who have feeling as much as wild ones. We don't give any humans with genetic defect less right than other humans, so it should be the same for animals as well. Especially when these animals are the results of humans' wrong doing, we should even do anything we can to help them, not to punish them more.

brigitte vitureau (14)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 1:37 am

jaya Sinha (26)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 4:18 am
For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.


Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 6:28 am
Thank you, Deb.

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 6:28 am
Petitions signed.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 7:08 am
I tried going to the page where the petitions are and my browser (or something else) does not want or/and cannot open that page for me but I put your article in my favorites and will check back later (and after once a day if it still does not work) and noted, thank you!

Elizabeth P (99)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 8:28 am
Noted and Signed. We love you Tony,hoping for the best for you Tony.Shame on those people who have done this crime agaist you.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 4:22 pm
Petition one signed petition two already signed as for four if I decide to keep on sending sample letters after changing my email address (i know its via a webform but i have others aside from before) I will let you know if when done!

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 5:23 pm
Thanx Deb. Had signed petitions previously but sent a letter to US Wildlife Department To Protect Generic Tigers.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday September 30, 2011, 4:19 am
What crime did Tony commit to get this long sentence in prison. The owner of Tony pays someone lots of money to get the permit to keep Tony in prison. Another successful corruption!

Anne Settanni (152)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:37 pm
I have signed petitions and donated money to help free this poor animal from his prison. I am afraid that a change in law regarding exotic animal ownership is the only way to force the cruel owner to send this tiger to a sanctuary.

Jae A (316)
Saturday October 8, 2011, 11:55 am
BCR Action Alert!! *** Street Protest at BCR 10/8/2011 ***
If you are in the Area Please Take a couple of hours to attend this event - for all the animals who have lost their lives at BCR.

Tampa, FL - On Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 9 a.m. EST, animal industry members, employees, as well as private owners and animal lovers, will stage a live protest at the intersection of Easy Street and Gunn H...wy. in Tampa, Florida, at the entrance to Big Cat Rescue. (12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625)

People from across the United States are gathering in protest to condemn and Expose Big Cat Rescue's killing and torturing of live animals (primarily domestic rabbits, but also rats and baby chicks), the mysterious and often identical causes of death of more than 119 exotic cats living at the facility.

Demonstrators want to educate the public, donors, sponsors, and law enforcement to the fraud Big Cat Rescue continues to commit such as online fundraising of animals that are now deceased as well as years of fundraising using untrue stories of "rescued" animals that were in fact born at Big Cat Rescue or purchased. In addition, they will expose to the public the $100,000.00 in donation money Big Cat Rescue spent to attend a HSUS Dinner at $50,000 a plate, instead of using it to improve animal care.

Please reference the recent Channel 10 News Fraud Investigation:

Please also reference the photos taken from Big Cat Rescue Facebook albums, where the torture and killing of innocent domestic rabbits are found to be amusing and entertaining to the staff as well as the BCR followers.

Deb Duxbury (240)
Monday October 10, 2011, 11:25 am
If people would start exercising common sense and not own, breed, and exploit big cats there would be no need to bash wildlife rescue systems as there would be little need for their existence. Food for thought Jae.
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