Leonardo DiCaprio

“Sad day” for Tony the Tiger

This afternoon, I was scrolling through my twitter feed when I came across this tweet from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF):

 

Who is Tony the Tiger?

According to the ALDF, Tony is a 13 year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been on display at a Louisiana truck stop for more than a decade. Owner Michael Sandlin found himself at the center of multiple lawsuits when ALDF decided to take action to free Tony from captivity. Ultimately, the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled that Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony was unlawfully issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

But Tony has yet to win his freedom. A bill called “SB 250” has now passed the Louisiana State Senate and House. ALDF warns: “SB 250 would create a ‘retroactive exemption’ to Louisiana’s ban on possessing dangerous wild animals. Specifically, it would allow Tony the Tiger to remain caged as a truck-stop curiosity where he is subjected to noise and diesel fumes 24-hours a day.”

Several celebs have showed their support for Tony, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kristin Bauer, who plays a vampire named Pam in True Blood, an HBO series set in Louisiana.

Here’s a video of Bauer speaking out about Tony’s captivity:

You can show your support, too, by spreading Tony’s story on social media. Louisiana residents can contact Governor Bobby Jindal to express their disapproval and urge him to veto the bill.