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Tony The Truck Stop Tiger: Animal Cruelty For Amusement

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Some people choose animals as companions. Then, there are others that choose to exploit, abuse and profit from their misery. Such is the case with a 10 year old Siberian-Bengal tiger named Tony. He has spent every day and night of the last decade at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.

It’s no life for a tiger, or any other animal. On April 11, 2011, Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its secretary Robert Barham, arguing that he violated state law in granting a permit allowing Michael Sandlin to continue to exhibit Tony at the Tiger Truck Stop. This permit, that allows Tony to languish in a roadside cage, violates state law.  The case has reached international attention as people are aghast that such cruelty is tolerated in the United States.

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Big Cat expert, Laura Lassiter and Carter Dillard, the Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  Tune in to hear about this wildlife cruelty case that has gained international attention.

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