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Re: “Bill to keep Tony the Tiger at truck stop fails in Senate

Sen. Rick Ward's bill is yet another attempt to circumvent Louisiana's ban on private possession of big cats. He can bring the bill back up again and indicated he will.

Louisiana residents: please contact your Senators and tell them to keep Louisiana's big cat law strong and vote NO on SB 250.

A list of actions can be found here: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/update-on-sb-250-keep-the-pressure-on/

In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell agreed with The Animal Legal Defense Fund (representing Tony) and their argument that the permit that allows his owner to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. On May 6th, 2011 Judge Caldwell granted a permanent injunction blocking LDWF from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner, and on November 2, 2011 he again prohibited the LDWF from issuing any new permits to the truck stop and ordered the current permit revoked. On April 25, 2013 the Louisiana Court of Appeal upheld the lower court ruling and the Louisiana Supreme Court denied a petition to review the decision of the Court of Appeal on October 4th, 2013.

LDWF's position statement on privately ownership of tigers:
"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."

Tony has been exploited for nearly 14 years at the truck stop. Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. They are magnificent, dangerous big cats who deserve our respect and protection. Tony should be given the opportunity to retire to a peaceful, healthy, natural environment. GFAS accredited big cat sanctuaries stand ready to provide him such a life; one such sanctuary can provide a habitat of 8,000 sq ft or more, all natural substrate, perches, hammock, pool, toys/enrichment and access to an indoor temperature controlled building. Keepers have 4 year zoology degrees and a vet hospital on-site. Impressive compared to Tony's prison-like enclosure at the truck stop. Another sanctuary recently debuted a 2.5 acre habitat for their cats to “vacation in” with platforms, dens, trees, foliage, a pond and enrichment toys.

No animal should be exploited as a roadside attraction at a truck stop.

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Posted by FreeTonyTheTiger on 04/29/2014 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Bill aims to keep exotic pet 'Tony' at Tiger Truck Stop

Sen. Rick Ward's bill is yet another attempt to circumvent Louisiana's ban on private possession of big cats. Louisiana residents: please contact your Senators and tell them to keep Louisiana's big cat law strong and vote NO on SB 250.

A list of actions can be found here: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

The change.org petition mentioned in this article: http://www.change.org/petitions/louisiana-state-senate-louisiana-state-senate-oppose-sb-250-keep-louisiana-big-cat-law-strong

In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell agreed with The Animal Legal Defense Fund (representing Tony) and their argument that the permit that allows his owner to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. On May 6th, 2011 Judge Caldwell granted a permanent injunction blocking LDWF from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner, and on November 2, 2011 he again prohibited the LDWF from issuing any new permits to the truck stop and ordered the current permit revoked. On April 25, 2013 the Louisiana Court of Appeal upheld the lower court ruling and the Louisiana Supreme Court denied a petition to review the decision of the Court of Appeal on October 4th, 2013.

LDWF's position statement on privately ownership of tigers:
"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."

Tony has been exploited for nearly 14 years at the truck stop. Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. They are magnificent, dangerous big cats who deserve our respect and protection. Tony should be given the opportunity to retire to a peaceful, healthy, natural environment. GFAS accredited big cat sanctuaries stand ready to provide him such a life; one such sanctuary can provide a habitat of 8,000 sq ft or more, all natural substrate, perches, hammock, pool, toys/enrichment and access to an indoor temperature controlled building. Keepers have 4 year zoology degrees and a vet hospital on-site. Impressive compared to Tony's prison-like enclosure at the truck stop. Another sanctuary recently debuted a 2.5 acre habitat for their cats to “vacation in” with platforms, dens, trees, foliage, a pond and enrichment toys.

No animal should be exploited as a roadside attraction at a truck stop.

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Posted by FreeTonyTheTiger on 04/22/2014 at 4:49 AM

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