Send Tony the Tiger to Sanctuary

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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.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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