Success! Tony the Tiger Wins Freedom from His Truck Stop Cage

For the past decade, Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has lived in a small cage at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. He is constantly assaulted by the noise of the close highway and the fumes of the idling trucks. He is alone in the cage and often taunted by the customers at the stop. Tony has spent the last 10 hot and humid Louisiana summers without a pool of water to cool himself in or the plants, logs and other stimuli that normal tigers would enjoy.

Thanks to over 67,000 signatures from dedicated Care2 members and over 10 petitions started to help free Tony, his long and difficult life in the truck stop cage will soon come to an end. Petitions like “Free Tony the Tiger from His Truck Stop Cage” and “Save Tony the Tiger From His Truck Stop Cage” gained thousands of signatures, showing Louisiana that Tony needs to be freed.

Recently, the East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction that will prevent the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing the permit that allows the owner of the truck stop to display Tony. 

When the permit ends in December of 2011, ADLF hopes to work with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to find a place where Tony can live in comfort, away from the smog and noise of the truck stop.

A press release from ADLF’s website stated:

“Today, the law was upheld in the state of Louisiana, which has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “It is an incredible victory for ALDF, the tens of thousands around the world who have supported this campaign, and most of all, for Tony. We eagerly look forward to the day that he leaves behind the noise and fumes of the Tiger Truck Stop for a new life of freedom that he has never known.”

Tony’s life will soon dramatically change for the better and Care2 is proud that our caring and compassionate members took action to help make that change happen.

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Photo Credit: Keith Roper via Flickr


Natalie Rusu
Natalie Rusu5 years ago

Where is Tony now?

JulieAnn Z.
JULIE ANN Z6 years ago

has tony been released yet?

Miles Foster6 years ago

In many ways Tony is an icon for his species. With an estimated 15,000 tigers in various forms of captivity in the USA alone, and most tigers on the planet today living as pets or in private ‘collections’ in the southern United States, perhaps a wider campaign is called for. Meanwhile, Tony’s wild cousins are on the brink of extinction, with poaching, persecution and habitat loss being major threats, while governments throughout the world turn a blind eye. While there are gallant efforts to save the species, it is likely that those with the real power will simply allow the wild tiger to go down to extinction in the next 10 - 20 years through a toxic mix of inertia, complacency and corruption. Somehow we have to make them take action. NOW.

Cathie Penalagan
Cathie Penalagan6 years ago

Don't look away and sigh with relief yet. This is what people with bad intentions wait for. We have to keep vigilante for Tony or when the attention dies down he may get stuck where he is.

Stewart L.
Stewart L6 years ago

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man"
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Teach your children well... Stephen Stills

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it...always."
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Wanda Walker
Wanda Walker6 years ago

I am so glad

LEN Hughes6 years ago

Great news if it happens and about time, because of the lack of positive action by the authorities responsible in the past I will not be holding my breath, tomorrow would not be a day to soon for Tony to be moved, if and when it happens I will celebrate along with everybody else because it will be a victory for compassion and common sense.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine6 years ago


Natalie Rusu
Natalie Rusu6 years ago

Please don't forget to show us the film with his release!

jill bukovnik
jill Campbell6 years ago

Thank you for this great news. However, Will Tony be released soon?? We all need to know.
We have cried for Tony and want him free asap.