Target: Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Goal: Revoke Louisiana truck stop owner’s permit to imprison and show “Tony the Tiger.”
For the past eleven years a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana has kept a tiger imprisoned as an advertising gimmick. The Tiger, named Tony, is imprisoned in a small concrete cage. The concrete makes his paws bleed and, in the summer, he has had no respite from the Louisiana heat that beats down on him. Noxious fumes fill the air he is forced to breathe while tourists and truck drivers stare, yell, and take pictures of him through the cage.
Tony’s struggle has been ongoing. In May 2011, a judge granted an injunction that should have prevented the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing Tony’s permit, but sadly this compassionate decision was overturned in appeals court. Finally, a Louisiana court has ruled the permit should have never been issued and Tony has a chance of being removed from the truck stop.
Sadly, there has not been a ruling about where Tony is to go if he’s removed from the truck stop. The tiger could be taken to a zoo and end up imprisoned much as he is now. Tony the tiger deserves a life outside of a small cage. Please write the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and let them know Tony deserves to be taken to a sanctuary.
Dear Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,
Tony the Tiger has been kept captive and abused by the Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana for the past eleven years. A recent ruling may free Tony from this imprisonment, but unless the proper procedure is defined, Tony may end up in a situation very similar to the one he is in now.
What Tony has been through is despicable. It is barbaric that he has been kept in a small concrete cage for eleven years as an advertising gimmick. The abuse he has suffered cannot be undone, but he can be saved from more of this horrific treatment.
After eleven years of abuse, Tony the tiger deserves to be taken to an animal sanctuary and live out the rest of his life in a natural habitat, not in a cage.
[Your Name Here]