Tony is a 11 year old Siberian/Bengal tiger used as a roadside attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana. Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has bought, sold, bred, and exhibited tigers for OVER 20 years.
In 2003, because of violations and fines, Mr. Sandlin and the USDA made an agreement where 3 of the 4 tigers he owned, Toby, Khan and Rainbow, were sent to Tiger Haven in Kingston TN.
The USDA reduced the fines and allowed Michael Sandlin to keep one tiger, Tony.
Many of life's failures...
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison
WILL YOU SAVE ME
Tony VERY Skinny
New Photos of Tiger Truck Stop 7.27.2011 Courtesy M. Haik
These pictures were taken July 27, 2011. In some you will see Tony inside his "den."
It’s interesting how Tony’s “habitat” has been painted from the drab grey to the bright purple and gold - - no further permits can be issued to Tony’s owner, Mr. Sandlin, by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife in Fisheries, so why the “upgrade” now? The current permit expires December 2011. No amount of paint will disguise the fact that Tony is exploited as a roadside attraction at a truck stop.
This reply was received today from the LDWF to an inquiry about Tony: “In the legal action taken by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which is seeking to have the LDWF permit (now in effect) revoked, a court hearing set for July 22 was continued upon request from the attorney representing the tiger's owner. The plaintiffs did not object and a new court date is expected to be set soon.”
LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Please to continue to support Tony by signing his petitions and showing your concern for him. All petition links and contact information can be found at: