New legal maneuvers in battle over Tony, the Truck Stop Tiger


AMBR’s Kevin Gallagher talks with Anthony Eliseuson, attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, about that groups latest efforts to wrest Tony away from Tiger Truck Stop Owner Michael Sandlin and place him in a reputable big cat sanctuary. Click to hear the interview.

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  1. Joanne Thibault 23 May, 2017 at 19:09 Reply

    The dreadful situation of this tiger is the result of a self-centred owner who believes that it is OK to enslave an animal for the sole purpose of indulging your desire to think you have a love relationship with them. This owner is so disordered in their thinking and it is this tiger that is suffering for it. Praying for this tiger to find peace and a rightful place in an animal sanctuary where he isn’t subjected to human depravity any longer.

  2. Myranda Henderson 27 May, 2017 at 00:12 Reply

    Go Debbie!!! Thank you for answering the previous callers concerns about breeding, extinction, and welfare due to ALDF getting involved.

    A lot of people do not understand the ramifications of keeping animals like this in captivity is doing to them. Layman people breeding to create “new breeds” of big cats is what is causing extinction. Not getting big cats like “Tony The Tiger” to a sanctuary.

    People need to realize that animals like this shouldn’t be kept for amusement. The owner is making money while the animal suffers. Same goes with the circus that are closing and such now.

  3. Phil Beutel 1 June, 2017 at 00:07 Reply

    hopefully this tiger is saved from deployerable conditions to a better place like big cat rescue sanctuary where he can taken better care as he is a old tiger and he deserves only the best . he deserves better than this cage.

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