UPDATE: Tony the truck stop tiger is one step closer to freedom! On April 25, 2013, the Louisiana Court of Appeal ruled Michael Sandlin ineligible for a grandfather permit to confine Tony the tiger in a cage at the Tiger Truck Stop. The court affirmed that Sandlin does not meet the legal requirements to receive this type of permit and that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries erred when issuing the permit to Sandlin. After the decision, Sandlin’s lawyer expressed their plans to challenge this ruling, but the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the organization responsible for the lawsuit, promised to fight every step of the way until Tony is safe in a reputable sanctuary. — Global Animal
(POLITICS) Tony the tiger is not doing so great. The 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger currently resides in a 40-foot-by-80-foot enclosure at a Louisiana truck stop right outside of Baton Rouge. Tony is not the first tiger to have lived at the roadside establishment. Over the years, several adult tigers have been brought to this wild cat prison, and 13 cubs were born here. These unusual practices have caught the attention of animal rights organizations, local news stations, and law enforcement, and now the Tiger Truck Stop is smack-dab in the middle of a complicated legal dispute. Read the article below to learn more about Tony the tiger and the Tiger Truck Stop’s pending legal issues. — Global Animal
Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger, resides at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Zdon, NY Times
Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger, resides at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Zdon, NY Times

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/us/truck-stop-tiger-in-louisiana-stirs-legal-battle.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

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