Rescue Tiger Caged at Truck Stop

Tony Tiger Big Cat Rescue

Target: Chad J. Courville, At-Large Appointee, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Goal: Move tiger that is trapped at a roadside truck stop to a reputable sanctuary.

Tony, a Siberian tiger, has been stuck at a roadside truck stop for the last 13 years. He has been forced to listen to the buzz of the highway, inhale the smell of diesel fuel and endure the gawking and taunting of the truckers passing through. Activists have been fighting for Tony for some time now, however Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has been fighting the whole way through to keep him. Sandlin states that these activists are “nuts that think they know more about tigers than I do–I can’t stand it.”

Sandlin has a long, controversial history with animals. Years ago, Sandlin had a few tigers that he would breed and then dispose of. Reportedly, he also has been cited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for not providing clean water, proper veterinary care or proper shelter for his animals. It appears that Sandlin is not a responsible owner.

It is time that Tony is moved to a reputable sanctuary where he can live the rest of his years happily and healthy among friends. Sign this petition and demand Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries take Tony away from his current living conditions and seemingly careless owner.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Courville,

A Siberian tiger that goes by the name of Tony has been trapped at a roadside truck stop for the last 13 years. He has been forced to listen to the buzz of the highway, inhale the intense fumes of diesel fuel, and endure the gawking and taunting of the people passing through. This is not a healthy environment for a tiger, physically or mentally.

It appears that Tony is used as a money maker and nothing else. Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has a long and reportedly controversial history with animals. He used to have quite a few tigers that he would breed and sell to bidders. He also was said to declaw them. Reportedly, he has been cited by the USDA for not providing clean water, proper shelter or proper veterinary care.

Sandlin has been fighting very hard to keep Tony since he is a huge selling point. However, no animal should have to endure this cruel life. It is time Tony is moved to a reputable sanctuary where he can spend the rest of his days happy, healthy, and among friends. Please be a hero to Tony and take action to help him today.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Big Cat Rescue

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13 Comments

  1. FREE THIS GREAT TIGER NOW.

  2. Raouchaia Reda Raouchaia Reda says:

    Life in captivity is not nice. Tony should be rewarded with a happy retirement!

  3. Enough is enough! Let this tiger live out the rest of his life in a safe and healthier invironment. This truck stop owner should be put in front of a firing squad.

  4. Why on earth does an ostensibly “modern” country like the US allow such abuse of exotic animals to carry on? Tony is imprisoned in a filthy gas station/truck stop alone in a cage for 13 years because Mr. Sandlin “knows” more about tigers than anyone else. If that were the case Mr. Sandlin, you would know that tigers don’t belong in the US at all.

  5. Where is your compassion?

  6. This Sandlin jerk needs to die a horrible death after losing his body parts one by one to disease. That would be better than he deserves after imprisoning Tony for 13 years.

  7. Heather Brophy says:

    Chad, WE PAY YOU SO GET OFF YOUR IGNORANT,CRUEL ASS AND LET THIS TIGER GO! YOU AND YOUR IDIOT STATE LEGISLATURES ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE U.S.!

  8. Tigers do not belong in truck stops. Truckers belong there. I’ve never seen a tiger driving a truck.

  9. MANY ASIAN COUNTRIES ARE A DISGRACE TO THE HUMAN RACE WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMAL ABUSE BUT THE USA HAS A LONG WAY TO GO ALSO. MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE LAWS PREVENTINIG THIS KIND OF ANIMAL ABUSE. WHY CAN’T WE GET LAWS PASSED TO PREVENT ASSHOLES LIKE SANDLIN FROM BEING ABLE TO DO THIS PLUS LAWS PREVENTIN OTHER ATROCITIES LIKE SEEN ON FACTORY FARMS, PUPPY MILLS, ANIMALS USED FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AS WELL AS FOR RESEARCH OR THINGS LIKE MAKE-UP AND OTHER KINDS OF RESEARCH THAT AREN’T EVEN NECESSAY. MANY BILLS HAVE BEEN BEEN BROUGHT TO CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES AND HAVE BEEN VOTED DOWN BY THE SAME PARTY EVERYTIME. I THINK YOU KNOW WHICH PARTY THAT IS. IF YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO ABOUT ANIMAL RIGHTS IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA FOR YOU VOTE FOR THE OTHER PARTY. OTHER COUNTRIES LOOK DOWN ON US AND THEY SHOULD.

  10. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  11. Yet another despicable display of human depravity. To sit back and do nothing to help this beautiful animal is to actively participate in his relentless suffering.

  12. Please — let’s be rational & compassionate — transfer Tony to a Sanctuary where he can finally be happy, healthy & comfortable — for once, let’s THINK & bring about what’s best for the tiger — let’s think of Tony’s life as it should be & his natural habitat — nowhere near where’s he’s been residing for the past 13 yrs — in a cage alongside a truck stop! — For the sake of God, who does Mr. Sandlin think he is! — let’s stop his abuse & exploitation of innocent Tony — no sane. compassionate & moral society would accept this — allow the transfer of Tony to a Sanctuary mimicking his natural habitat.

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