05 May 2011

Kristin Bauer of 'True Blood' talks about Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

As we reported last month, True Blood actress Kristin Bauer joined forces with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in its efforts to free Tony the truck stop tiger. Tony, a 10-year-old Bengal/Siberian-mix, has been held captive at the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, Louisiana, for an entire decade.

In a recent interview with ALDF, Bauer explained how she learned of Tony and her thoughts regarding his captivity.

"One of the big problems for me with it is, with zoos, circuses, and Tony, is there's 10 minutes or 5 minutes when they're viewed by somebody and entertained and the tiger has to live there his whole life, 24-7, 365 days a year for that person who just drives through and for 5 minutes gets their picture taken," said Bauer.  "It is incredibly unfair."

Recently Leonardo DiCaprio also joined the campaign to help free Tony the truck stop tiger.

Today, May 5, ALDF is headed to court to present its case against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries over the legality of a permit that allows Tony to be confined as a roadside exhibit.

Watch the ALDF interview below and don't forget to sign the petition.

Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

Photo credit: ALDF