On the 4th December I posted a blog entitled Action Alert: Free Tony the Tiger from His Truck Stop Cage with the aim of helping to raise awareness of the poor tiger’s suffering and increase the number of petition signatories.
More than 40,000 people signed the petition to ask the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) not renew the state permit which allows Tony to be housed in unacceptable and inhumane conditions at a truck stop in Cross Tete, Louisiana.
Sadly (and inexplicably to my mind), officials from the LDWF decided to ignore the opposition and instead granted the permit renewal to Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, allowing him to continue exhibiting Tony as a road-side attraction at the truck stop throughout 2011.
WSPA and Care2 are very disappointed by the decision and the apparent lack of concern for Tony’s physical and mental well-being. WSPA will continue to monitor Tony’s situation and advocate for his rescue and relocation.