Traveling on 10E from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, you will stumble across an exit that advertises being able to see a live tiger. Once off the exit ramp, you pull into a truck stop and discover the tiger in question is “Tony”. Tony is a ten year old, Siberian-Bengal tiger that has been kept within his cage at the “Tiger Truckstop” since 2011.
In addition to being subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24-hours a day, Tony is also frequently harassed and taunted by visitors at the truck stop. His enclosure is devoid of adequate enrichment, such as logs, trees, or complex vegetation that would allow him to engage in natural tiger behaviors. He has no pool of water large enough to allow him to submerge himself to cool off in the blazing heat of the summer. As a result of the stress of his confinement, Tony constantly paces on the hard concrete surface of his enclosure, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions. Michael Sandlin, the owner of Tony and the truck stop, has been cited by the USDA due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including a lack of proper sanitation and improper feeding practices.
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For the past decade, several animal rights activist groups have tried and failed to help remove Tony from his cage by the roadside. Now, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a suit against the Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in an attempt to free Tony. Joining in their battle is “True Blood” actress, Kristin Bauer. Known for her support of many wildlife causes, Kristin has been posting to her 29,000 + followers on Twitter to help by signing the petition below.
To help join Kristin and several other in their support of (ALDF) in their attempts to rescue Tony, please click the link below and sign the petition.
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