As we recently reported, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) was headed to court to present its case against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries over the legality of a permit that allows Tony the tiger to be confined as a roadside exhibit. 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.
Today a judge in East Baton Rouge District Court granted ALDF's request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This will prevent the Department from renewing the annual permit that has allowed Michael Sandlin, owner of the truck stop, to display Tony for all these years.
The current permit expires in December 2011, and ALDF plans to work with the Department to ensure Tony is transfered to a fitting home, free from the exhaust fumes that he has endured nearly his entire life.
“Today, the law was upheld in the state of Louisiana, which has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “It is an incredible victory for ALDF, the tens of thousands around the world who have supported this campaign, and most of all, for Tony. We eagerly look forward to the day that he leaves behind the noise and fumes of the Tiger Truck Stop for a new life of freedom that he has never known.”
Photo credit: Big Cat Rescue