Urge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to Help Tony the Tiger
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org


ALDF Animal Legal Defense Fund
September 2017



Tony the Tiger

Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has been forced to spend his entire life behind bars, a prisoner at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. It is unconscionable that one person, Michael Sandlin, manipulated Louisiana law and used his personal connections to secure an exemption from the state’s ban on private possession of big cats. Sandlin, Tony’s captor, has a history of animal welfare violations. I ask that you do everything in your power to see that Tony is released to a sanctuary where he can get the care he needs and live out his remaining days in peace in a natural setting with the veterinary care he requires.

Sign an online petition.

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

John Bel Edwards
Governor, State of Louisiana
PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge LA 70804
phone (225) 342-7015
online contact form


Lately, concerned truck stop visitors have reported that Tony’s health appears to be in decline. A life of psychological and physical distress is taking its toll on Tony. It’s critical that we take every possible path to free him and let him live out his life at a reputable sanctuary where he can enjoy the space, environment, and veterinary care he deserves.

Tony’s captor, Michael Sandlin, is determined to keep profiting from displaying Tony as a “roadside attraction” and has told media outlets that he has spent $700,000 to keep Tony at the truck stop.

Thankfully we are able to utilize the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s pro bono attorney network for support, but the costs of litigation are still great. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting in court for Tony since 2011, and now time is running out and we need your help to stay in this fight.

With your support, we can keep up the long battle to free Tony and let him live out the rest of his life at a sanctuary where he has access to the environment and veterinary care he deserves.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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