ZOO WARS~Really ALDF?!? Give it up!!!
FORMER lawmaker, Warren Triche likely lost his position because of his support for bans and bad laws that people are against. He’s now aided by ALDF-now why does this not surprise me?!? This just put a bigger RED X on his back for regaining his political career!!! He’s joined at the hip with his Animal Rights Extremist Nazi ‘friends’ in supporting illegal and unconstitutional laws and bans that are currently being challenged. Well, apparently, Triche and ALDF are challenging Governor Jindal -Good luck with that one!?!-HA! Maybe the legislature was more than discriminating against Tony the Tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop with the 2006 ban on Private Exotic Animal Ownership and now realizes that maybe that 2006 ban was unjust and discriminatory to begin with and they will reverse the ban altogether and create an acceptable law that will allow ownership with what might be considered more appropriate. So go ahead Warren Triche, remind people what YOU stand for-DICRIMINATORY laws and the waste of taxpayer money-we look forward to the fact he won’t be back!!!
Message sent from Michael Sandlin-Owner of The Tiger Truck Stop: Domestic Terrorists And How To Kill A Tiger! https://vimeo.com/92282823
Lawsuit filed against truck stop tiger owner
A former state lawmaker and a national animal rights group have filed a lawsuit challenging a newly passed law that lets a Grosse Tete gas station owner keep a tiger onsite. The Associated Press reports the lawsuit was filed today in Baton Rouge. It claims lawmakers and the governor violated the state constitution’s ban on special laws granting exclusive privileges to a single person. The new law exempts Michael Sandlin—owner of Tiger Truck Stop and a 550-pound Bengal tiger named Tony—from state restrictions on owning exotic cats. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law last week. Warren Triche, the former lawmaker who sponsored the 2006 law restricting ownership of exotic cats, is one of the plaintiffs on the lawsuit. He’s getting legal support from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Joe Exotic writes: “First of all, this whole thing should be against the law for discrimination, The LSU tiger gets to stay and a lot others, the AZA is a private club, NO LAW can exempt you from a crime and not others, that would be like selling drugs and being a member of a club and being allowed to. Just is illegal, If Tony goes they all go.”
Ted Baldwin wrote: “I find it fascinating that with all of the underfed tigers and exotics in the world, not to mention 65,000 human children on the border, that these people have concocted a story about a tiger that needs rescuing and pour all of their money and resources into that when the tiger is far better cared for than he ever would be at some distant disease ridden sanctuary. Michael Sandlin is being bullied by these out of state lawyers and their kangaroo publicity court.”
Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Tony the Tiger law
A new chapter has begun in the protracted legal battle over the fate of a 14-year-old, 550-pound Bengal tiger kept in a roadside enclosure at a truck stop in the Iberville Parish town of Grosse Tete.
Less than a week after legislation was signed into law allowing Tony to remain at Tiger Truck Stop, a former legislator and two Louisiana residents filed suit asking a judge in Baton Rouge to strike down what they contend is an unconstitutional special law that gives preferential treatment to the tiger’s owner.
Former state Rep. Warren Triche Jr., who sponsored Louisiana’s 2006 big cat ban, and residents John Kelleher and Juliette Dauterive are suing the state, Tiger Truck Stop and its owner, Michael Sandlin.
Despite pressure from animal rights groups to veto it, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed Senate Bill 250 into law last week. The bill, which granted an exception for Sandlin’s tiger, is now Act 697.
Legislators wrestled with the bill, struggling with whether Tony should remain at the interstate truck stop — the only home he’s ever known — or move to an animal sanctuary.
The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund is involved in the suit filed Tuesday and assigned to state District Judge William Morvant. The ALDF claims SB250 violates Louisiana’s constitutional ban on the Legislature passing a local or special law.
“The Animal Legal Defense Fund will not allow Tony’s protections to be subverted by backroom politics,” ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said Wednesday in a written statement. “Tony deserves to live in a reputable sanctuary, not a gas station parking lot.”
Sandlin, in a telephone interview, repeated his characterization of animal rights activists as domestic terrorists.
“It’s to be expected,” he said of the latest lawsuit. “They don’t like to lose. They don’t give up.”
Laura Gerdes Colligan, a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said the office could not comment because it had not been served with the suit.
State District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled in 2011 in a suit filed by ALDF that Tony was not permitted by Louisiana law to remain at the truck stop. The judge concluded the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries violated its own rules by exempting Sandlin and Tiger Truck Stop from permit requirements for owners of big cats.
The state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed Caldwell’s decision, and the Louisiana Supreme Court refused in the fall to hear Sandlin’s appeal of Caldwell’s ruling that he cannot get a state license to keep a tiger there.
Sandlin maintains he has held a federal permit to keep tigers at the truck stop since 1988. He has exhibited tigers at his truck stop since 1984.
He also says Tony has a swimming pool, an air-conditioned den and a grassy play area.
A 2006 state law bans anyone other than colleges, sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers and scientific organizations from possessing big exotic cats. Tony was living at the truck stop several years before the ban went into effect.
SB250 allows Sandlin to keep only Tony. He cannot obtain more tigers, even after Tony dies.
Sandlin is suing the state for discrimination. He wants the option of buying a companion for Tony or a successor.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries previously agreed not to move Tony until the lawsuit Sandlin filed against the state is resolved.
Sandlin, a private exhibitor, says he has the same license for housing an exotic animal as LSU has for its mascot, Mike the Tiger, and the Baton Rouge Zoo has for its tigers.
Another one to remember come election time that needs to GO-Animal Rights Extremists State District Judge Mike Caldwell…he can be kicked to the side of the road and join Warren Triche with his FAILED career.
Follow the above links too read other comments or post one of your own. The second article in the advocate seems to have taken the issue head on…everything from abusive statements made by Animals Rights Extremists to great thoughts and comments to allow Tony the Tiger to stay at his home, The Tiger Truck Stop.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned because obviously the Animal Rights Extremist Nazis aren’t letting this go and neither is Mr. Sandlin to protect the rights of all people and animals in Louisiana. -B