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|Originally Posted: 22 Oct 2010|
Urge The LDWF Not To Renew Tiger Truck Stop Permit
[Ed. Note: VICTORY November 4, 2011: Another victory for the free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger campaign: Judge rules in favor of ALDF.]
ACTION FAILED - from Care2.org, January 20, 2011:
Originally posted 22 Oct 2010
Tell the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) NOT to renew the permit that keeps Tony the tiger confined in horrific conditions at a truckstop.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Targeting: Mayor Michael Chauffe, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, Maria Davidson (Large Carnivore Program Manager), J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. (Iberville Parish President ), Robert J. Barham (Secretary), Richard J. Ward, Jr. (Iberville Parish District Attorney ), and Fred Kimmel ((Ms. Davidson’s supervisor))
Description: Off Interstate-10 at exit 139 is Tiger Truck Stop which uses a live Siberian/Bengal tiger named Tony as a gimmick and roadside attraction.
A 1993 Iberville Parish County Ordinance prohibited the display of wild exotic animals as pets but was never enforced. The ordinance was amended on March 17, 2009 to allow Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin to keep Tony.
Mr. Sandlin then had to secure a license from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. LDWF’s Large Carnivore Manager Maria Davidson stated:
“It is the Department’s position that private possession of tigers poses a significant hazard to public safety and is detrimental to the health of the animal. Prolonged confinement is by its nature stressful to tigers and proper long-term care by experienced persons is essential to the health of the animal.”
On December 14, 2009 the LDW&F granted a permit to allow
Tony’s owner to keep him at the truck stop.
Some of the dangers to Tony both physically and mentally include:
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