“I have long been fighting for Tony’s release to a more suitable sanctuary, because I don’t think a truck stop is the right environment for a tiger, nor any other animal. Breathing in air suffused with diesel particles for 11 years, can’t be good for the lungs of man nor beast. Tony has never had a full vetetnary check up that we know of, so he could well be suffering in silence !”

“I personally have never suggested the move due to animal abuse; more animal welfare. Tony has lived in a baron cage for 11 years, yet it is only this past year that Mr. Sandlin made slight improvements  to the enclosure. A paint make over & hanging an old tyre are not what I would call requisite improvements. The enclosure may well be a little larger than some captive tigers are forced to live in, but what use is size if it resembles little of  the animals natural habitat?”

“Below is a video taken by my very dear friend & animal warrior Mary (Cloversweed) who has taken many trips to video Tony.  Her videos, unlike some, are not edited in any way shape or form, they show only the truth. Mary has been so many times now, that Tony appears to recognize her voice”

“Last year, Mr Sandlin had some postcards made for sale in the truck stops shop, they read “Animal Activists Taste Like Chicken” thought we had done with that, but you can clearly see not, in Mary’s video!”

http://www.youtube.com/user/cloversweed

“The reason Tony still resides at this truck stop is because the owner o Mr. Sandlin continues to file appeal after appeal and has now filed law suits against the LA Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries and Iberville Parish. So Tony’s fate remains tied up in the courts”.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund would never be able to use the law to advance the interests of animals without the support of legal professionals nationwide. In this continuing series of spotlights, ALDF’s Animal Law Program salutes attorneys Monica Frois, Erin Pelleteri, and Brandy Sheely.

The laws intended to protect animals in this country are only as strong as the people willing to defend them. Thankfully for a lonely tiger named Tony, there are legal professionals like Monica Frois, Erin Pelleteri, and Brandy Sheely. Attorneys with New Orleans-based Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, this pro bono team has been providing tireless assistance to ALDF on behalf of Tony, an 11-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger, who has been on exhibit as a roadside attraction at a Grosse Tete, La., truck stop since 2000.

The truck stop’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has continued to refuse to relinquish Tony, even though the big cat lives in a chain-link enclosure without trees, a large water feature, complex vegetation, or any of the other enrichment that would simulate a natural environment and allow him to perform innate behaviors.

Confined to a cage in the parking lot, Tony — who in nature would be roaming at least several square miles of territory — paces the floor, a sign that he is experiencing extreme stress. And because Sandlin sent three other tigers away after the USDA placed a limit on how many he could exhibit, Tony has been living alone since 2003.

via Animal Legal Defense Fund : Monica Frois, Erin Pelleteri, and Brandy Sheely.