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Tony VERY Skinny

Tony VERY Skinny


Tony The Truck Stop Tiger

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tony The Truck Stop Tiger

The other day I was driving in Louisiana and I stopped for the night in Grosse Tete, exit 139 on interstate 10. The Tiger truck stop has a live tiger. Tony the truck stop tiger has been there for over 16 years. He is caged up and Michael Sandlin who is the owner of the tiger has repeatedly been in violation for the care of this poor animal. Violations include having an insufficient number of trained employees, keeping the tiger in unsound facilities, having no veterinary care program for the tiger, and providing improper nutrition for the animal. I called Peta and spoke to an employee who informed me that the permit that Mr. Sandlin has for Tony runs out Dec 2011. And because he the owner of the tiger he can do what ever he wants with the animal. He has been ordered to move Tony from the truck stop, and who knows what he will do with the animal.

My heart breaks for this poor animal. There are 15,000 exotic animals that are owned by people. They get them as babies and they think oh how cute is that. Then the animal grows up and they end up being caged in their backyards. Being caged up in someones backyard is just plain cruel. Exotic animals are not meant to be owned by people like you and me.

I hope Mr. Sandlin does the right thing for Tony and finds some sort of sanctuary where Tony can live out his final days. But I have my doubts.

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