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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

Letter to
Governor Bobby Jindal
Louisiana State House
Louisiana State Senate
I respectfully request that you uphold Louisiana State Law prohibiting private ownership of tigers and VETO 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.)

Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other dangerous wild animals. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. The possession of big cats is inhumane to the animals kept captive, and dangerous to people. Exemptions to the ban on dangerous wild animals waste the state’s resources and put animals in harm’s way simply to accommodate those who want to confine tigers, bears and other animals for entertainment or profit.

In 2006, the Louisiana state legislature unanimously passed Act 715, which required Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to control the private ownership of big cats. The department enacted regulations prohibiting citizens from keeping a tiger as a pet or exhibiting a tiger in the state. In passing these regulations, the department rightly declared that possession of big cats and certain other exotic animals poses significant hazards to public safety and health and is detrimental to the welfare of the animals.

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

LDWF's position statement on privately ownership of tigers:
"It is the Department's position that private possession of tigers poses a significant hazard to public safety and is detrimental to the health of the animal. Prolonged confinement is by its nature stressful to tigers and proper long-term care by experienced persons is essential to the health of the animal."

Tony has been exploited for nearly 14 years at the truck stop. Tigers are not gimmicks, attractions, props or pets. They are magnificent, dangerous big cats who deserve our respect and protection. Tony should be given 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.

Please uphold Louisiana State Law banning private ownership of tigers and send a clear message that no one is above the law; especially individuals who are in violation of it.

I ask that you VETO SB 250.