Target: Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
Goal: Send a truck stop’s captive tiger mascot to a humane sanctuary by vetoing a bill leaving dangerous loopholes in animal welfare laws
For over a decade a lone tiger in Louisiana has paced in his tiny cage, acting as the tourist attraction for Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete. The owner of the truck stop has repeatedly violated federal law due to ill treatment of the tiger but has yet to have the tiger taken from his custody to ensure its well-being. Loopholes in the state’s animal welfare laws have long protected the animal’s owner. Unless additional, proposed loopholes are vetoed the poor creature will be forced to spend the rest of his life in captivity.
Tony the tiger is considered the “mascot” of Tiger Truck Stop. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund a loophole fashioned into Senate Bill 250 protects the truck stop’s owner from facing severe criminal charges for keeping Tony even though keeping the wild cat has been declared illegal by a state court of appeals. Senate Bill 250 now awaits action from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. If Governor Jindal vetoes the bill Tony will be taken from the truck stop and placed in a humane wild animal sanctuary where he would have ample room to roam and adequate veterinary attention to help him once again reach optimum health.
The state of Louisiana has a ban on keeping tigers and other wild cats as pets. Bill 250 was created to hold Tony’s owner harmless from the law, allowing him to inhumanely keep Tony because the cat is considered a mascot. If this bill is signed into law Tony will be forced to live the rest of his life miserable and inhumanely cared for. Urge Governor Jindal’s veto of Senate Bill 250.
Dear Governor Jindal,
Senate Bill 250 is currently awaiting your consideration. The bill directly impacts the fate of Tony, the Truck Stop Tiger. I am writing to urge you to veto Senate Bill 250 and close dangerous loopholes in animal welfare laws allowing people to keep wild cats in captivity as long as they are considered “mascots.” Tony deserves adequate care and the ability to roam freely, which he cannot have within the confines of his tiny cage.
Tony’s owner has repeatedly violated federal law by failing to provide adequate veterinary care. The owner as has also forced Tony to live in cramped, unsanitary conditions. Tony is not kept in a proper enclosure for his size, nor is he offered any stimulation other than gawking tourists.
Governor Jindal, please make the humane decision. Veto Senate Bill 250 and aid Tony’s transfer to a safe, large environment better suited to his needs.
[Your Name Here]
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