I recently had the opportunity to visit the famous Tony the Tiger, the 10 year old Siberian/Bengal tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Having last seen him about six years ago, I was curious to observe how he was doing. Still in his unchanged cage, we were able to draw him out of his hiding spot and was able to see Tony move around in his small quarters.
He moved slowly around the cage, almost lethargically, and I was able to capture our visit on video.
Animal rights activists continue the fight to free this beautiful animal which has been caged since birth. Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida is asking for help from those who believe that Tony deserves a better home. Their website explains:
“Tiger Truck Stop owner, Michael Sandlin’s, permit to keep Tony the tiger at the truck stop in Gross Tete, LA is up for renewal soon and with your help the LA. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries and USDA may choose to not renew him. This would enable Tony to move to a sanctuary away from the torment of being kept on concrete, breathing gas fumes and being annoyed by every carload of yahoos that drive through.”
“Here is what we need:
“Veterinarians who will send us notarized affidavits that it is unhealthy to cage an animal at a truck stop next to gas pumps due to the fumes from the pumps and the 24/7 traffic of diesel trucks.”
“Statements from veterinarians and other experts that attest to the fact that being kept on concrete is detrimental to the health and comfort of big cats. He has a grass yard, but is often prevented from accessing it, and there is no shade there.”
“Eye witness reports, photos and videos of Tony living in squalor at the Tiger Truck Stop.”
They are asking for this type of information to be mailed to:Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
Or you can email them to: MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org
Here is the video of Tony “The Truck Stop” Tiger from our recent visit . . . you can decide if Tony deserves a better home:
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