Tony the Tiger

Posted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program on May 20, 2010

Disturbing cases like Tony’s are made worse by the fact that what laws and regulations apply to the keeping of “exotic animals” are inconsistent and often under-enforced. ALDF works directly with legislators toward improving legal protections, and where there are criminal violations that can be charged, ALDF gladly provides free legal assistance to local humane investigators and prosecutors toward the best relief possible for the animal(s) in question. We gladly offer these resources to Iberville Parish and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife.

While each exploited and suffering animal should receive the benefit of a targeted campaign, their sheer numbers prevent this. No one advocate or organization can address them all, but a network of patient and committed citizens supporting each other’s efforts can and does make a difference. The organization “Born Free USA” (formerly known as Animal Protection Institute) has campaigns specifically addressing the disturbing plights of “roadside attraction” animals. Here is information from their website:
http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=439&more=1
http://www.api4animals.org/b4a_thelaw.php#exotics

Citizens are encouraged to work with their local and federal legislators toward earnestly addressing these important issues:
ALDF’s information about working with legislators
Born Free USA’s model laws
Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws they Need, by Julie Lewin

Pending federal legislation:
Captive Primate Safety Act
Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009