People traveling across Louisiana are being lured to the Tiger Truck Stop outside Baton Rouge to see “the only live tigers on I-10.” Unfortunately, the tiger living there, who’s name is Tony, is in a chain link and concrete cell surrounded by diesel fumes from idling trucks — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tony can never escape the noise, the flood lights, and the boredom as he paces back and forth. A sign on the front of his cage asks people not to throw rocks at him. REALLY? People were throwing rocks at this poor animal?
Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue of Tampa FL , has offered Tony sanctuary but his owner, Michael Sandlin, refuses. In December 2010, the permit allowing Sandlin to continue his exploitation of Tony is up for renewal.
To raise awareness of Tony’s plight, last week Be the Change 4 Animals featured Tony as their Cause of the Week. Asking their readers to send a pre-prepared letter to the representative who will be deciding his fate and sign a petition supporting his relocation to the animal sanctuary, BtC4Animals hoped to give Tony something to be grateful for during the week of Thanksgiving. The cause received a huge boost when when @IanSomerhalder (of LOST and The Vampire Diaries fame) tweeted about Tony’s plight on Thanksgiving day to his more than 450,000 Twitter fans. Thank you, Ian!
Our hearts go out to Tony and we hate to see him being exploited to draw business to a truck stop. It would be great if his owner would do the right thing and release Tony to the sanctuary. But, that doesn’t appear likely to happen and the situation may be getting worse – his owner’s website is requesting the donation a female tiger.
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