Acadiana's News Leader Ruling expected on Louisiana truck stop tiger
Posted: Nov 02, 2011 3:13 AM CDTUpdated: Nov 02, 2011 11:28 AM CDT
By MARY FOSTER
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state judge in Baton Rouge has heard a new round of arguments on whether a truck stop can keep a live tiger on display as it has done for over a decade.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund had already won a ruling that said the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries could not issue a permit allowing the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., to continue exhibiting a live tiger as a roadside attraction.
The case was before state District Judge Mike Caldwell again on Wednesday. Caldwell was expected to rule in the afternoon.
Wildlife officials say Tony is the last privately-owned big, exotic cat in the state. The defense fund wants the tiger moved to a more natural setting to live out its life.
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