Save Tony the Tiger from Captivity

Save Tony the Tiger from Captivity

Target: Chuck Kleckley, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives

Goal: Stop the passing of a Louisiana bill legalizing tiger captivity

A bill recently passed in the Louisiana senate that aims to create an ‘exemption’ to exotic big cat legislation. In essence, the bill’s aim is to appease a truck stop owner Michael Sandlin, who keeps a tiger called Tony in a cage as a gimmick to attract business. Sign this petition to ensure that this bill does not pass, and that the captivity of tigers remains illegal for everyone in Louisiana.

Tony the tiger has spent fourteen years of his life at ‘Tiger Truck Stop’ in Grosse Tete, Louisiana, caged as an attraction and subjected to the deafening noise of trucks day and night. Louisiana’s previous ban on the possession of dangerous wild animals resulted in a successful lawsuit against Michael Sandlin filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Sandlin has received several sanctions from the United States Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Louisiana Court of Appeals found Sandlin’s possession of Tony to be illegal.

However, the new bill, SB 250, would create an exception for “certain persons” in Louisiana (meaning Michael Sandlin), and would make them exempt from Louisiana’s wild animal protection law.

Sign this petition to make sure that Tony the Tiger will not be caged for any longer and demand that he go to one of many wildlife sanctuaries who are more than willing to accommodate him.


Dear Mr. Kleckley,

I write with regards to bill SB 250, introduced to the Louisiana Senate by Senator Rick Ward. This bill seeks to create exemptions to “certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cat rules.” In essence, this bill aims to let Michael Sandlin retain a caged tiger at his Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete even after losing a lawsuit from the Louisiana Court of Appeals. In this lawsuit, the captivity of his tiger, ‘Tony’, was found to be illegal—Sandlin has also received many sanctions from the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Tony the tiger has been a spectacle for drivers for fourteen years, and is caged day and night, subjected to the endless, raucous din of trucks. This bill is a disgusting attempt to subvert animal protection laws and continue the suffering of a beautiful wild animal. It cannot be allowed to pass through the House of Representatives.

I urge you to use your power as Speaker of the House to ensure this bill does not pass into law. If it does, it would ensure a lifetime of cruel captivity for Tony the tiger, and reverse the hard work of animal rights groups, leaving more animal rights open to weakening alterations.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Narisa via Flickr

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  1. Rosemary Anderson says:

    This is a disgrace, this poor Tiger, how can anyone be so cruel. Tigers are on the endangered list so please save this poor innocent creature. It should go to somewhere where it will always be safe from evil people who want to exploit one of Gods own creatures. Shame on you!

  2. Karen Anderson says:

    Can someone create a petition for Truckdrivers or even Trucking Companies to boycott this truck stop until Tony is sent to the sanctuary he deserves to be in? Or even better yet, how about a petition from the Louisiana voters to remove Senator Warden next year when he is up for re-election unless he agrees NOT to re-introduce Bill SB 250.

  3. paula eaton says:

    Give poor Tony to a legit sanctuary at the “owners” expense for the tigers lifetime. Sick how they profited off Tony. He has spent time in this prison and should be free.

  4. Petra. Jones says:

    Free the Tony. Keeping Tony prisoner is cruel and evil!!!!!

  5. Ewa Harrysson says:

    This is not human like, so what are you ?
    Is this what God will…?????

  6. Deborah Jeske says:

    NO ONE has the RIGHT to capture, confine or otherwise do harm to ANY ANIMAL, but wildlife know their place in Nature, and the grand scheme of things. They have a purpose, and it is best served by Humans leaving them alone. What is the reason behind capturing a wild animal? Is it VANITY? EGO? ENTERTAINMENT? NONE OF THESE REASONS ARE JUSTIFIABLE. NO ONE OWNS ANIMALS, they are creatures of the Earth, the same as humans. It took millenia to stop capturing and imprisoning humans wrongfully, as slaves, for entertainment, and for profit. HAVE WE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING? Animals, PARTICULARLY WILDLIFE MUST be PROTECTED by the species best suited for the job.. Mankind. Animals have every right to REMAIN FREE and THRIVE. We DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO INTERFERE with their FREEDOM, or to CAUSE THEM ANGUISH ON ANY LEVEL.

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