Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Now, Not Later
- By: Care2.com
- Target: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
For the last decade, a tiger named Tony has been confined to a cage at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. The concrete floors of Tony's enclosure leave the pads of his feet bloody, and the pond in his cage is too small to protect him from the crippling Louisiana heat and the highway's noxious fumes. In his current surroundings, Tony spends his days pacing back and forth to amuse gawking tourists and truck drivers.
In May, it looked like Tony would see freedom when a judge granted the Animal Legal Defense Fundís (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), preventing them from renewing the annual permit that keeps Tony imprisoned.
Unfortunately, the Louisiana Court of Appeals overturned the ruling, and the matter has to go back to trial.
Tony has already endured too many Louisiana summers in the name of cheap entertainment. Tell the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the truck stop owner's permit now and set Tony free.
Dear Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,
I am writing to express my horror at the situation faced by Tony, the tiger currently being kept at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.
[Your comments here]
Tony has already been subjected to the harsh conditions of too many Louisiana summers. Keeping him at the Grosse Tete truck stop is cruelty. I urge you to revoke Mr. Sandlin's current permit.