Win Justice for Animals This Holiday Season

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on December 6, 2011

For more than a decade, Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has spent every day and night at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. He paces on the hard concrete surface of his cage, unable to escape the stench of fuel and the deafening sound of diesel engines.

But Tony’s fate is about to change. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to free Tony – and we won! On November 2, East Baton Rouge District Court Judge Michael Caldwell ordered the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the current permit that allowed Tony to be kept at Tiger Truck Stop, and prohibited the agency from issuing any new permits to the truck stop.

It is because of your voice, your dedication, and your support that Tony will soon be free from the miserable, lonely conditions he’s endured day and night for the past decade. You made Tony’s freedom possible — and with your support, we can win victories for more exploited, neglected, and abused animals.

We would like nothing more than for Tony to live out his life in the comfort of an accredited sanctuary that is far better equipped to meet his basic needs and to give him the kind of life he deserves. ALDF continues to do everything we can to get Tony out of the truck stop as soon as possible, and make sure Tony’s next home is one where he can live out his life in a peaceful, natural environment, free of the fumes, toxins, and noise that have plagued his life to date.

ALDF is a relentless advocate for our clients like Tony, and we will not rest as long as any animal is being abused, neglected, or exploited. We’re able to do this because you stand by us and because you understand the role the law can play in the fight against animal cruelty.

Your support today will help ALDF win justice for more animals like Tony.

Thank you for all that you do for animals.

14 thoughts on “Win Justice for Animals This Holiday Season

  1. cynthia Boyall says:

    Always there for you Tony; Please be released to an accredited sanctuary; Well done ALDF please get Tony outta there xxxx

  2. H Flack says:

    What the ALDF has already done on Tony’s behalf is wonderful. Thank you!!! However it is now being suggested that Tony will be moved to a place with a very poor record where he may be no better off. I hope the ALDF will stand ready to protect this poor tiger again if needed and to actually get for him what you should already have won for him through the courts. The press report about what Sandlin seems to be proposing now is at – please help!

  3. Kathy Lutz says:

    Talk to the great folks at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fl. Carole Baskin is the Executive Director. They can provide the kind of home you want Tony to have to live out his days. It is a truly awesome place!

    Thank you for all that you have done to help this poor, magnificent animal live the proper live he deserves.

  4. ALDF is well-aware of the allegations of horrendous conditions at G.W. Exotic Animal Park. Our attorneys are researching various legal strategies for ensuring that Tony goes to a reputable sanctuary, not a roadside zoo.

  5. martha skinner says:

    Thank you for all that you have done to help Tony be released from the horrible truck stop he has lived at for so many sad years. Also thank you for ALL that you do for animals in need.

  6. D. L. Clark says:

    Thank you for that comment, ALDF….that will ease the pain many of us are feeling at the thought of Tony going to GW’s. And thank you so much for your efforts in getting Tony away from that truck stop!!!

  7. Dee DeSantis says:

    Thank You for addressing our inquiries concerning Tony. We truly appreciate ALDF’s dedication to Tony and your continued efforts to ensure Tony has the home, care, life and respect he deserves at a reputable, accredited humane big cat sanctuary.

  8. Tom says:

    Your photos of Tony? continue to amaze me. Your use of angles and lenses make me wonder where this photo was taken. Is this really of Tony in his Habitat. After all, His habitat is 3600 sq ft and 80% is natural grass. If you photo really is Tony, it is on his back patio behind his air conditioned house where he can go any time he wants to be away from people. The truck stop is on a back road away form the highway and no truck can get closer than 2 city blocks from him.

    Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, on the other hand is located between the 6 lane Veterans Highway and the Citrus Mall. They may have 55 acres but approximately 70% is water and marsh, leaving the balance for parking, facilities and 100+ cats. The thing that so many people like about BCR is that the animals are so visable, meaning that they don’t have enough room or places to hide from the constant tours.

    ALDF freely admits that this case resulted from their agenda to end private ownership and is based on a legal technicality. Tony doesn’t understand legal technicalities. Leave him home where he is loved.

  9. Eliza Howard says:

    Thank you again for all you do for all animals the smallest to the greatest especially one beloved tiger named Tony.

  10. Sharon Collette says:

    please just get him out of that truck stop for Xmas :-( Tony deserves a wonderful Christmas with no truck noises or fumes!

  11. Thank you for the extraordinary work you do for animals.
    For Tony – Wild Animal Sanctuary, Colorado

  12. bullet why says:

    Bullet Why
    How can I fight 4 my n my dogs rights against dan the manager at the mpls mn dog pound. HE deemed my dog dangerous because he had scars . He was brought down there 4 a 10 day Q.. because he was not up 2 date on hes rabbis shot . He had got in another fight with my neighbors dog, which is where most of the scars came from ,that and her daughters 2 pits . Anyhow they said that both dog s wounds were superficial. I went 2 appeal n I was asked 4 250 dollars. I did not have any money 2 spare or just give away.4 weeks ago my ex roommate left the gate open and my dog phantom got out and was pick up by the police with out any problems . I went to get my dog n they told me there was a hold on him,and couldn’t tell me 4 what . and that I had 2 talk 2 dan the manger ,The same 1 that I was told had deemed phantoms father capone dangerous because of his scares .So after a week I finely meet him and ask him what the hold is 4 n he tells me that phantom was suppose to be neutered, because hes father was deemed dangerous . I told him my dog was not getting fixed n he said he was waiting on a call from the states atty. to find out if he can do it legally .I called 911 they said they r the police n they cant do anything.So I called the supervisor of his n left a message. The supervisors supervisors called me 5 days later n told me that the states atty. said It would be legal 2 play god with my dog, n dan would call me. some papers was dropped off at the house 2 pick a place 2 cut hes nuts
    I looked at the law n it said puppy’s of a dangerous dog ,so I talked 2 him n told them they were mistaking I didnt lie I had sold the last 2 puppy,s phantom was from a different litter and was at lease 6 months old at the time .He said that he has 2 contact the states atty. 2 find out what age is considered a puppy. I believe I dont have a chance. he killed capone n now wants 2 cut phantoms nuts . HOW can I stop the bullying with out getting locked up. please help( bullet why )

  13. Tammy says:

    what’s the best way to keep up with news on Tony and his move? congrats on the win, almost there!

  14. Kim says:

    Now maybe we should go after the roadside zoo in Oklahoma since they are under investigation for 20+ tiger cubs dying in their care!

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