Thank Judge Caldwell for Protecting the Truckstop Tiger

In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell stated that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries permit issued to keep Tony, a 12 year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger at a truck-stop, was issued illegally.

Going one step further, the judge also prohibited any further permits being issued to the Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Lousianna owned by Michael Sandlin.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Sandlin’s truck stop in the past for unsanitary feeding practices; mishandling tigers; and failure to provide veterinary care, shelter from inclement weather, clean drinking water, and knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers. In 2003, Sandlin’s animal welfare violations sparked public outcry, and three tigers were removed to a Tennessee sanctuary.

The endangered tiger endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop , inhaling fumes from gasoline, bright lights from cameras and noise from cars. It's not a healthy place for a tiger to live if signs must be posted asking people not to throw rocks and bottles at him.

His suffering demonstrates the problem of privately-owned tigers, whose numbers exceed that of wild tigers. There are less than 500 Siberian and only 2,500 Bengal tigers left in the wild. In their natural habitat, tigers live alone, travel many miles to hunt, and avoid humans.

Please take a moment and thank, Judge Michael Caldwell for upholding the law and keeping the best interest of Tony in mind, and for making Animal Welfare a serious and important issue.

SOURCE: http://www.examiner.com/article/victory-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger

Honorable Judge Michael Caldwell
19th Judicial District Court
Courtroom 8B
Office Suite 8401
300 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA  70801

Phone: 225-389-4734
Fax: 225-389-8616

In two court hearings, May 6th, 2011 and November 2nd, 2011, Judge Caldwell stated that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries permit issued to keep Tony, a 12 year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger at a truck-stop, was issued illegally.


Going one step further, the judge also prohibited any further permits being issued to the Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Lousianna owned by Michael Sandlin.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Sandlin’s truck stop in the past for unsanitary feeding practices; mishandling tigers; and failure to provide veterinary care, shelter from inclement weather, clean drinking water, and knowledgeable employees to care for the tigers. In 2003, Sandlin’s animal welfare violations sparked public outcry, and three tigers were removed to a Tennessee sanctuary.


The endangered tiger endured more than a decade of misery at the Tiger Truck Stop , inhaling fumes from gasoline, bright lights from cameras and noise from cars. It's not a healthy place for a tiger to live if signs must be posted asking people not to throw rocks and bottles at him.


His suffering demonstrates the problem of privately-owned tigers, whose numbers exceed that of wild tigers. There are less than 500 Siberian and only 2,500 Bengal tigers left in the wild. In their natural habitat, tigers live alone, travel many miles to hunt, and avoid humans.


Please take a moment and thank, Judge Michael Caldwell for upholding the law and keeping the best interest of Tony in mind, and for making Animal Welfare a serious and important issue.

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