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.)
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:
Action Alert to Contact Bobby Jindal: