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Send Tony the Tiger to Sanctuary

Written by PETA | December 14, 2011

Update: A Louisiana district judge has denied a motion for a new trial requested by the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, which paves the way for Tony to be moved. We are appealing to the truck stop’s owner, Michael Sandlin, not to transfer Tony to G.W. Exotics, a notorious roadside zoo

The blog below was originally posted November 3, 2011


Dave Stokes | cc by 2.0

After years of campaigning by PETA and many other groups and individuals and a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a Louisiana court has finally ordered that the Tiger Truck Stop must stop keeping Tony the tiger in a barren, cramped cage at a gas station on a busy interstate highway.

Owner Michael Sandlin’s permit to keep the last remaining tiger, Tony, was ordered to be revoked after a court ruled that it was illegally issued in the first place, and PETA has renewed our offer to Sandlin to help place Tony in a reputable sanctuary.

Tony has been caged and used as a tourist attraction for more than 10 years. He deserves the chance at last to roam in an enclosure that is measured in acres instead of in feet and inches. Please click here to send a polite note to Michael Sandlin asking him to retire Tony to a safe and reputable sanctuary and not to another roadside zoo or display.

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  • Angelus Silesius says:

    Give Tony some peace! stop being cruel!!

  • Marilyn Byrne Graziano says:

    It’s ridiculous that this poor animal has to spend his entire life còlosed up in a tiny cage just for our “PLEASURE???????” He has to be free to go to a santuary!!!!!

  • ishkabibbul says:

    The -egotistical Mr.Michael Sandlin and the Fish and Wildlife organisation are to blame for the never ending saga of Tony’s prolonged incarceration in his cement prison,if the -spiteful Mr. Sandlin doesn’t get his way he wants to send Tony to a worse place of imprisonement -he must go to the sanctuary he was promised -3 years ago before he dies in his cage at the truck stop -he will if something isn’t done -soon .

  • Jade Golden says:

    From beasts we scorn as soulless,
    In forest, field and den,
    The cry goes up to witness
    The soullessness of men.
    ~M. Frida Hartley

  • joan mcallister says:

    Tony has to be released and now.

  • alexandra says:

    Send Tony back home !!! PLEASE !!!

  • jess says:

    This is not his choice. Please give him love and send him, where he can have some room and be with his own kind, in a respectable sanctuary and live out his days, not as an exhibit. His freedom was already taken long ago.

  • Kathy says:

    PLEASE let Tony go to a ‘real’ sanctuary like Big Cat Rescue. Do not rescue him from the truck stop only to sentence him to a place like GW Exotics!

  • Linda says:

    This has gone on to long for Tony, this is no life for him. He needs to be transferred to a sanctuary to live his life out in peace. I can’t believe this hasn’t been done yet, this can’t go on any longer, this is so stressful for him.

  • Jo Ann says:

    I first found out about Tony when a Facebook friend posted a picture of him that he had taken when he stopped at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. I only saw a picture and could tell that Tony was miserable. And now, that the owner has been ordered through the courts to send Tony to a sanctuary, he has found a sanctuary in Oklahoma which has even worse conditions that his facility in Louisiana. I implore and plead to please send Tony to a sanctuary where he can enjoy his senior years while being able to run, swim, and relax without anymore undue stress. Hasn’t he suffered enough?

  • Holly says:

    I have written several posts on different sites to PLEASE release this precious beautiful Tiger to a sanctuary. He was supposed to be released in mid-December. PLEASE help to not POSTPONE his right to a comfortable life. It has been too long. This innocent and vulnerable Tiger has been subjected to abuse for unacceptably too long. PETA, please do all you can for this Tiger…before its too late. If I had any money or power to…I’d get him out of there myself. I can’t wait to see him enjoying a clean, healthy, natural atmosphere for the rest of his life…..and neither can he.

  • Bobbi Gardell says:

    Sentenced to a live behind bars, for a crime he never committed. How very sad. please let Tony be free for the remainder of his life. If you love him, then let him go.

  • a.hensley says:

    tony deserves the best of the best. put him where he BELONGS!!!

  • a.hensley says:

    please…..put tony in the home he deserves…

  • maxine says:

    I think Michael Sandlin should live in a cage for l0 years.

  • dorothy says:

    Hasn’t Tony endured enough suffering?! I am highly distressed to hear he is still in that miserable cage in the noisy polluted garage! His health and life are at stake. Please, I implore you, don’t let his suffering go on any longer. Have the decency to immediately send this wonderful tiger to a sanctuary! Thank you for your attention to this serious matter. Countless animal lovers all over the world are now waiting to see what you are going to do!!!

  • Mª Pilar says:

    Por favor, permite que esté en un lugar donde pueda vivir la vida con los de su especie, en un santuario.

  • lisa says:

    Lets hope Tony can live the rest of his life in an enviroment he deserves and with other tigers, i wonder how he will react when he see’s another tiger after 10yrs, what an amazing moment that would be to see, and i hope he finds a companion.

  • Dawn says:

    Claire D’Agostino they cant release Tony in the wild he wouldn’t survive. He has lived in a cage for 10 years and doesnt know the first thing about living in the wild with other bigcat and other species .It would be a death sentence.He should live out his retirement in a sanctuary.

  • Dawn says:

    Tony should be sent to the sanctuary that fought to free him from the begin. They are the ones who for years were trying to free Tony. I love and support Peta but I believe Tony should goto Bigcat Rescue.

  • Christine says:

    Thank you PETA for helping Tony to hopefully get to a reputable sanctuary. I sent an e-mail to Mr. Sandlin :)

  • Claire D'Agostino says:

    I Understand That Tigers Are Becominq Extinct But Putting Them In A Cage For Basically Their Whole Life Doesnt Make Anything Better. They Need To Release Him, He Needs To Have A Real* Life . Its Not Fair ! He Needs To Have A Mate And A Family! He Deserves It! Animal Cruelty MUST* End .

  • Indu Muniram says:

    Send Tony back home, please! He deserves all the rights to lead a life gifted by nature him

  • Laura Manz says:

    I sent a letter asking for him to release Tony… I hope his heart is moved and Tony gets a safe sanctuary.

  • Louise says:

    I sent an email to Michael. I can only hope this man can finally see how wrong this is. As humans, do we want to live that is unnatural to us? No. Tony has suffered long enough. I so hope Michael finds it in his heart to retire this beautiful animal to a reputable sanctuary.

  • Marie Klemens says:

    There is a place in heaven for kind people Mr Sandlin. I would hope you would like to be there one day. Please release Tony today.. Marie Klemens

  • Sandy says:

    Please let this tiger have some peace in his life, there are alot of reputable sanctuaries that can house, feed and give him the freedom of movement that he requires to stay healthy. I am sure you have taken good care of him so far, but he needs to be able to move around and get away from the stressful noises of being at a truck stop, please let this tiger go to a better location. thank you..

  • Ashley says:

    Save the tigers!

  • Mary Stewart says:

    The cruelty must end. Enough is enough

  • Martine Derouaux says:

    Freedom for Tony !!!

  • Cartherine Galvin says:

    Tony has been treated horribly and deserves a chance for reprieve. Have a heart and send him home to the animal sanctuary!