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Tony The Truck Stop Tiger
Tony is a 9 year old tiger who lives at a truck stop in Grosse Tete LA. Tony is exploited as a gimmick - a roadside attraction at The Tiger Truck Stop. Captive tigers with the proper medical care, habitat, diet and enrichment can live 15-20 years. Tony will be 10 years old this July - that's 10 years at the truck stop. Tony should spend the rest of his life in peace and know what it's like to "be a tiger."
A 1993 Iberville Parish ordinance prohibited ownership of exotic animals such as tigers, but it was never enforced. After a long heated battle between Tony's owner and animal advocates fighting for Tony's freedom, the Iberville Parish Council amended their ordinance on March 17, 2009 to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop. It was then up to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to grant the final permit to Tony's owner. A statement from the large carnivore manager Maria Davidson read:
These were very promising words to all of us who hoped the LDW&F would see that a truck stop is not the proper environment for a tiger. Not only is it an unhealthy atmosphere but it is dangerous and a threat to public safety. An accredited big cat sanctuary was ready to provide a permanent home to Tony where he would have lived in a natural habitat of earth, grass, trees, logs, had a den and pool and received the proper medical care, diet, enrichment and respect he so deserves.
Louisiana, USDA, APHIS Contacts
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Phone: (337) 948-0255
Fred Kimmel (Ms. Davidson’s supervisor)
Phone: (225) 765-2355
Phone: (225) 765-2800
Robert J. Barham, Secretary
Phone: (225) 765-2623
Governor Bobby Jindal
Office of The Governor
web e-mail form: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor
Governor Jindal’s FaceBook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bobbyjindal
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
P.O. Box 44243
Phone: (225) 342-7009
online e-mail contact form: http://www.ltgov.la.gov/?md=form&tmp=share_ideas
(209) 745-2606 office/shelter
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