@BobbyJindal VETO SB 250!!
  • Petitioning Louisiana State Senate

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Louisiana State Senate
Louisiana State House
Louisiana
Gov. Bobby Jindal

@BobbyJindal VETO SB 250!!

    1. Tony's Friends
    2. Petition by

      Tony's Friends

      NJ

PLEASE TAKE ACTION FOR TONY NOW!!!! Louisiana Senator Rick Ward introduced bill SB 250 seeking to: "exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules" (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

UPDATES:

May 13, 2014: The Louisiana Senate PASSED SB 250 by a vote of 20 YEAS to 18 NAYS. The bill is now pending House introduction. This petition is now targeting the Louisiana House of Representatives as well.

May 28, 2014: The Louisiana Natural Resources and Environment Committee passed SB 250 by a vote of 10 YEAS to 6 NAYS. The bill is scheduled for House floor debate on Friday May 30, 2014.

May 30, 2014: The Louisiana State House passed SB 250 by a vote of 67 YEAS to 26 NAYS. The bill now goes to Governor Bobby Jindal for consideration. This petition now targets Gov. Jindal also.

SB 250 subverts the intent of a 2006 state law prohibiting the importation and possession of big exotic cats.

Tony has been exploited for nearly 14 years at the truck stop. Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. They are magnificent big cats who deserve our respect and protection. Tony deserves the opportunity to retire to a peaceful, healthy, natural environment. Accredited reputable big cat sanctuaries stand ready to provide him such a life. No animal should be exploited as a roadside attraction at a truck stop.

Read more about SB 250 from The Animal Legal Defense Fund at these links:

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/louisiana-house-passes-bill-to-keep-tony-the-tiger-captive/

http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-inhumane-captivity/

http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-aldfs-case-to-free-tony-the-tiger/

Action Alert to Contact Bobby Jindal:

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17679

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    News

    1. ALDF Files Lawsuit against Louisiana for Violating State Constitution

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      June 25, 2014: In their ongoing battle to free Tony, a tiger living at Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and former Representative Warren Triche, Jr. filed suit against the State of Louisiana for violating the Louisiana Constitution by passing a law that exempts a single individual from existing state public safety and animal welfare laws. The sole purpose of SB 250, signed by Governor Jindal last week as “Act 697,” is to allow Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin to keep the 14-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger caged in a gas station parking lot––captivity that previously violated Louisiana law, which prohibits the private possession of dangerous large exotic cats. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of former Representative Warren Triche Jr., the Louisiana legislator who sponsored the 2006 big exotic cats ban, as well as other Louisiana residents and taxpayers, in the East Baton Rouge District Court. The defendants include the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Tiger Truck Stop, and Michael Sandlin. More at: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/animal-legal-defense-fund-files-lawsuit-against-louisiana-for-violating-state-constitution-with-new-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger-law/

      Animal Legal Defense Fund Files Lawsuit against Louisiana for Violating State Constitution with New Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Law - Animal Legal Defense Fund

      Posted on June 25, 2014 Governor Jindal's Signature on SB 250 Draws National Controversy and Courtroom Showdown For immediate release: Contact: Lisa Franzetta, ALDF Megan Backus, ALDF BATON ROUGE-In their ongoing battle to free Tony, a tiger living at Grosse Tete's Tiger Truck Stop, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and former Representative Warren Triche, Jr.

    2. Gov. Jindal Signs SB 250

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE VIA ALDF – June 20, 2014: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed “SB 250”—a bill exempting the owner of Tony the Tiger from existing Louisiana law that prohibits private possession of dangerous and exotic large cats. That 2006 law was passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature and was drafted by Rep. Warren Triche, Jr. specifically with Tony’s plight in mind. Michael Sandlin, owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, pushed for this controversial bill after several Louisiana courts rejected his permit to keep Tony caged as a gimmick in a gas station parking lot. This bill grants preferential treatment to one individual and has outraged Louisiana residents concerned with public safety and drawn criticism from animal welfare advocates across the nation. The Animal Legal Defense Fund believes this law is unconstitutional and plans to immediately challenge its validity. http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/features/tony-the-truck-stop-tiger/

      Tony, the Truck Stop Tiger - Animal Legal Defense Fund

      Update June 20, 2014: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed "SB 250"-a bill exempting the owner of Tony the Tiger from existing Louisiana law that prohibits private possession of dangerous and exotic large cats. That 2006 law was passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature and was drafted by Rep.

    3. Update: Louisiana House Passes Bill to Keep Tony the Tiger Captive via ALDF

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      On May 30, 2014 the Louisiana House passed SB 250, a bill that subverts the intent of a 2006 state law prohibiting the importation and possession of big exotic cats. That dangerous wild animal ban was introduced by Rep. Warren Triche specifically with Tony the tiger’s deplorable captivity in mind, and passed unanimously in the Louisiana legislature. However, this new bill, SB 250, carves out a retroactive exemption to place Michael Sandlin above the law that applies to all other Louisiana citizens, and thus imposes a life sentence of caged solitary confinement upon Tony. It further could open the door to Louisiana becoming a safe haven for unscrupulous owners to bring exotic animals from other states.

      Read more at: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/louisiana-house-passes-bill-to-keep-tony-the-tiger-captive/

      Louisiana House Passes Bill to Keep Tony the Tiger Captive

      Posted on May 30, 2014 For immediate release: Contact: Megan Backus, ALDF On May 30, 2014 the Louisiana House passed SB 250, a bill that subverts the intent of a 2006 state law prohibiting the importation and possession of big exotic cats. That dangerous wild animal ban was introduced by Rep.

    4. Update: SB 250 Scheduled For House Floor Debate May 30, 2014

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      SB 250, Senator Rick Ward’s bill to “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) is scheduled for House floor debate TODAY FRIDAY MAY 30th, 2014. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Agenda.aspx?c=H&g=BODY

      If you’re a Louisiana Resident contact your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB 250 – it’s scheduled for floor debate TODAY Friday May 30 2014, so it’s crucial you contact them NOW.

      See this post from ALDF:

      http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-unlawful-captivity/

      and enter your zip code here to contact your Representative:

      http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15813

      More info and actions to take at:
      http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/update-sb-250-scheduled-for-house-floor-debate-may-30-2014/

    5. Update on SB 250 ~ May 28, 2014

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Despite brilliant legal testimony from ALDF’s Carter Dillard and Chris Green on behalf of Tony, and Pat Craig of The Wild Animal Sanctuary who provided his expertise backed with 34 years of experience with rescuing big cats, the Louisiana House Natural Resources and Environment Committee passed SB 250, Senator Rick Ward’s bill to “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.) The final vote was 10 YES to 6 NO. The bill now moves to the House and is scheduled for floor debate on May 30, 2014.

      Continue reading at: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/update-on-sb-250-may-29-2014/

      Free Tony The Tiger

      Despite brilliant legal testimony from ALDF's Carter Dillard and Chris Green on behalf of Tony, and Pat Craig of The Wild Animal Sanctuary who provided his expertise backed with 34 years of experience with rescuing big cats, the Louisiana House Natural Resources and Environment Committee passed SB 250, Senator Rick Ward's bill to "exempt certain...

    6. Legally Brief: @ALDF’s Case to Free Tony the Tiger

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      May 22, 2014: Please read the latest post about Tony from Stephen Wells, Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director: http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-aldfs-case-to-free-tony-the-tiger/

      Legally Brief: ALDF's Case to Free Tony the Tiger

      Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF Executive Director on May 22, 2014 Our campaign to free Tony the Tiger continues. What would it mean to "free" a 14 year-old Siberian-Bengal Tiger named Tony who has spent all his life in a small cage at a Louisiana truck stop?

    7. Update On SB 250 ~ May 22, 2014

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      May 21, 2014: Louisiana House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment Meeting adjourned at appx. 1pmCST. SB 250 was NOT CALLED.

      SB 250 is on the agenda again for May 28th @ 9:30amCST

      Agenda: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0528_14_NR.pdf

      The hearing is also live-streamed. Visit: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Home.aspx on the day of the hearing; we’ll posting more info also on May 28th.

      Read more at: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/update-on-sb-250-may-22-2014/

    8. Louisiana! Take Action For Tony NOW!

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Special Thanks to Born Free USA for this Action Alert for Louisiana Residents targeting the Natural Resources and Environment Committee.

      Visit:
      https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=D102953AC248282C078C08C95F1623C1.app367a?pagename=homepage&id=885

      A hearing on SB 250, which would “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana) is scheduled for TOMORROW May 21st at 9:30am. You can view the agenda here: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0521_14_NR.pdf

      Not from Louisiana? PLEASE SHARE!

    9. How We Can ALL Help Tony!

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Please visit this link for actions we ALL can take to help fight this cruel bill - SB 250: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/how-we-can-all-help-tony/

      Recap on SB 250, Rick Ward III's bill to "exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules" (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

      After failing by a vote of 19 Nays – 18 Yeas on April 28th, it was voted on again on May 13th: The Louisiana Senate PASSED SB 250 by a vote of 20 YEAS to 18 NAYS. The bill was then introduced to the House on May 14 and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Environment.

      SB 250 is scheduled for a hearing TOMORROW WEDNESDAY May 21 @ 9:30am. You can view the agenda here: http://house.louisiana.gov/Agendas_2014/May_2014/0521_14_NR.pdf

    10. Louisiana Senate PASSES SB 250!

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE!! May 13, 2014: The Louisiana Senate PASSED SB 250 by a vote of 20 YEAS to 18 NAYS. The bill is now pending House introduction. This petition is now targeting the Louisiana House of Representatives as well. Read more from ALDF: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/action-alerts/protect-tigers-from-unlawful-captivity/

      Action Alert: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17493

      Protect Tigers from Unlawful Captivity

      We just got word from the Louisiana State Senate floor that a very dangerous bill is now one vote closer to becoming law. SB 250 intends to create a one-off "retroactive exemption" to Louisiana's ban on possessing dangerous wild animals.

    11. Warren Triche Speaks Out Against SB 250

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      As a Louisiana State Representative in 2006, Warren Triche, Jr. sponsored the bill limiting or restricting the private ownership of big cats.

      See his letter to the New Orleans Advocate: http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/opinion/9129026-171/letter-bill-would-reverse-protection add leave your comment AGAINST SB 250.

      SB 250 is still listed as “Subject To Call.” Track the bill here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=224278

      It is especially important for Louisiana Residents to demonstrate their opposition to this bill. ASPCA Easy Contact Form: http://www.capwiz.com/aspca/issues/alert/?alertid=63198706&type=ST&&from=advocacycenterlanding Follow-up with a phone call to your Senator. More information provided at the aforementioned link.

      Actions for Louisiana Non-Residents: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/update-on-sb-250-keep-the-pressure-on/

      Let’s continue to stand strong against this egregious bill specifically targeted to KEEP Tony at the truck stop.

    12. Reached 6,000 signatures
    13. UPDATE on SB 250: KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!! - April 28, 2014

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Today SB 250 failed to pass by a vote of 19 Nays – 18 Yeas. This bill, by Louisiana State Sen. Rick Ward, seeks to: “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules” (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

      Sen. Ward can bring the bill back up again and indicated he will.

      PLEASE continue to take action AGAINST SB 250. Visit: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/update-on-sb-250-keep-the-pressure-on/ for actions you can take.

      Free Tony The Tiger

      PLEASE CONTINUE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SB 250!! Today SB 250 failed to pass by a vote of 19 Nays - 18 Yeas. This bill, by Louisiana State Sen. Rick Ward, seeks to: "exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules" (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger...

    14. From The Animal Legal Defense Fund: Truck Stop Tiger Could Be Denied Legal

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Posted on April 22, 2014

      BATON ROUGE — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is calling on the Louisiana state legislature today to defend existing protections for tigers, in light of a bill that could undo every victory made by the organization on Tony the tiger’s behalf. On April 9th, with less than one day’s notice, the Louisiana Senate Committee on Natural Resources rushed through approval of “SB 250.” SB 250 undermines a 2006 state law that bans private ownership of tigers and other large exotic cats by exempting “certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules.” The bill is an attempt to retroactively remove Tony’s protection under the 2006 law, and allow Michael Sandlin to retain possession of Tony—a 14 year old Siberian Bengal tiger confined at Grosse Tete’sTiger Truck Stop by Sandlin in violation of the state ban.

      More: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/truck-stop-tiger-could-be-denied-legal-protections-with-new-louisiana-bill/

    15. Update on SB 250 ~ April 25, 2014

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      No action taken on SB 250 on April 23 and 24. It is again “Subject To Call – Senate final passage – Scheduled for Monday 4/28/14”

      You can track the bill here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

      Please continue to voice your OPPOSITION to this bill; it’s especially important for Louisiana Residents to contact their Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SB 250, a bill designed to “exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules.”

      Louisiana Residents and Non-Residents – Please see this link and take the appropriate action(s):

      http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

      Thanks again for your positive support and action for Tony.

    16. Reached 5,000 signatures
    17. Update On SB 250 ~ April 22, 2014

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Current Status of SB 250 and more information on the bill posted here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

      Subject to call – Senate final passage - Scheduled TODAY – Tuesday 4/22/14

      Please continue to speak out AGAINST SB 250. A list of actions for both Louisiana residents and non-residents can be found here: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

    18. Reached 4,000 signatures
    19. SB 250 Update

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Just a quick update on SB 250: It is "Pending Senate final passage - Scheduled for 4/21/14"

      You can track the bill here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=14RS&b=SB250&sbi=y

      CONTINUE to TAKE ACTION by CONTACTING Louisiana State Senators and asking them to VOTE NO on SB 250!

      Actions to take in addition to this petition here: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/

      It’s especially important for LOUISIANA residents to call their Senators and ask them to Vote NO on SB 250 to keep Louisiana’s Big Cat Law Strong!

      Please take a few minutes to speak out for Tony AGAINST this bill which would "water-down" Louisiana's Big Cat Law!

    20. Reached 3,000 signatures
    21. More Actions To Take For Tony Regarding SB 250

      Tony's Friends
      Petition Organizer

      Please see: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/actions-to-take-for-tony-regarding-sb-250/ for more ways you can help Tony regarding SB 250, an outrageous bill introduced by Sen. Rick Ward designed specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at the truck stop. It's especially important for LOUISIANA residents to take action and voice their OPPOSITION to this bill.

      Free Tony The Tiger

      Consolidating actions to take to help Tony regarding SB 250. Louisiana Senator Rick Ward has introduced bill SB 250 seeking to: "exempt certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cats rules" (specifically to allow Michael Sandlin to keep Tony at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete Louisiana.)

    22. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • rhonda lucas ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • 9 days ago

      who cares what the law states; we don't need a law to tell us what is right and wrong in this case. let's just do the right thing for Tony.

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    • Linda Navarre RED ROCK, TX
      • 15 days ago

      Tony deserves to be free, not a sideshow for some greedy owner and Bobby Jindal deserv es to be voted out of office.

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    • Delia Weitting STURGIS, MI
      • 15 days ago

      I believe this is tantamount to torturing this poor tiger. How can we in ANY way support this or continue to stand by and do nothing. Makes my heart sick.

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    • Lisa Wilhelm SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • 15 days ago

      I think it may be too late for this bill, but I will gladly sign any petition I can find to help free Tony. That's a terrible life for an exotic cat, and there are sanctuaries that will gladly provide him with a far, far better home!

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    • Leon Edgar GROVER BEACH, CA
      • 26 days ago

      created to be free not caged!

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