08 June 2011

ALDF enters into next phase to free Tony the truck stop tiger

Last month’s court decision to grant a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was a big victory for the American Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in its fight to free Tony the truck stop tiger. But the battle isn’t over.

May’s ruling prevented the LDWF from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner, to hold the tiger captive in a setting not befitting of the majestic carnivore, a truck stop.

Unfortunately Sandlin’s current permit does not expire until December of this year, meaning Tony will have to endure six more months in a cage inhaling diesel semi fumes, at what has been his home for more than a decade, the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La.

Obviously ALDF believes the captive big cat has suffered enough.

That is why the organization has filed a motion for a mandatory injunction that would “compel the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the current permit and seize Tony.”

In other words Tony would not have to wait until December to start his new life away from the cruelty of the truck stop.

The new hearing on the motion will be held June 14.

Hopefully the battle for Tony’s freedom will finally conclude, with a happy ending.

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: Big Cat Rescue