12 April 2011

‘True Blood’ actress Kristin Bauer joins ALDF in effort to free truck stop tiger

Don’t let the onscreen persona of Kristin Bauer fool you. Sure she plays the ruthless blood sucking vampire “Pam” on HBO’s “True Blood” but in real life she is a polar opposite.

Recently Bauer joined forces with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in its efforts to free Tony the truck stop tiger.

Tony has been held captive at the aptly—and exploitatively—named Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, Louisiana for an entire decade.

In a video message for ALDF’s campaign the 44-year-old beauty explains:

Tony is a Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been living on display as a tourist attraction at a truck stop outside Baton Rouge since 2001. In the wild, Tony might roam a territory of one hundred square miles. But for the last decade, he has instead lived in his concrete enclosure, exposed to the noise of diesel engines and the stench of gasoline.
“I can speak about animals in entertainment because I chose to be an entertainer,” said Bauer in an interview with ALDF. “I have choice; an animal doesn’t. Can you imagine being taken from your home and forced into a job you’re not suited for? It’s incredibly selfish to imagine that another being has to live a life he wouldn’t choose just to entertain me.”

Vampires are fictitious, hopefully, but it appears a bloodsucker of a different variety thrives in Gross Tete.

To sign the petition to free Tony click here.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit: ALDF (Screen capture)