Victory for Tony! Court Rules Current Permit Must Be Revoked
Great news from Baton Rouge, where Judge Michael Caldwell ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Louisiana taxpayers in our lawsuit to free Tony the Tiger from the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.
On the November 2, 2011 hearing, the judge ordered the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the current permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, to keep Tony on display, and prohibited it from issuing any new permits to the Truck Stop. “We are thrilled that the court made the right decision,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure Tony’s next home is a reputable, accredited sanctuary that can give Tony the life he deserves.”
Thank you to the thousands of people who signed ALDF's petition to free Tony, and who have worked toward his freedom for so many years. Your actions made a real difference.
More about ALDF's campaign to free Tony.
I join the Animal Legal Defense Fund in urging the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the permit that allows Michael Sandlin to display Tony, a ten-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, where he has lived with no other tiger companions since 2003.
Tony has spent every day and night of the last decade at the Tiger Truck Stop, where he is subjected to the stench of fuel and the deafening noise of diesel engines 24-hours a day.
What's more, Tony is frequently harassed and taunted by visitors at the truck stop. His enclosure is devoid of adequate enrichment, such as logs, trees, or complex vegetation that would allow him to engage in natural tiger behaviors. He has no pool of water large enough to allow him to submerge himself to cool off in the blazing heat of the summer. As a result of the stress of confinement, Tony constantly paces on the hard concrete surface of his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions.
Tony's confinement is clearly inhumane -- and, as the Animal Legal Defense Fund argued in court, it is also illegal, as your Department violated state law in granting Michael Sandlin's permit. Please follow the regulations already set by the State of Louisiana to protect members of the public and tigers such as Tony by revoking Sandlin's permit immediately.