ZOO WARS~THE NEW DISGRACE OF LOUISIANA
THE NEW DISGRACE OF LOUISIANA –
“On The Dawn Of A New State Law That Keeps Tony The Tiger & Other Big Cats Home, Louisiana Department Of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) considers regulations to again threaten the Live Tiger Exhibit at the Tiger Truck Stop. (LDWF) should be reprimanded for tyrannical attacks against private exotic animal owners and reputable Louisiana animal enterprises. They should be held financially responsible for the taking of people’s legally owned property w…ithout compensation, every exotic animal death they have caused, violation of constitutional rights, and for the mental anguish they have caused Louisiana animal owners. Maybe they would like to shut down a business that gives tigers a good home, contributes largely to its community, and helps rescue teenage abducted girls from sex offenders. Animal Rights Organizations that have the State’s ear do not pay taxes. (They’re 501c3). They do not contribute to the community! Why is (LDWF) catering to out of state animal terrorist organizations? WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS TYRANNICAL ABUSE OF POWER ANYMORE!!!”
Both Tony the Tiger, Tiger Truck Stop and Yogie and Friends will be affected by this-These people just won’t stop trying to force the animals out of Louisiana-What a total waste of taxpayer money and they don’t care…no sweat of the Animal Rights Extremist-Terrorists like Baskin and ALDF who are both from out of state and teamed up to remove all big cats from Louisiana…Is it their hatred of Privae Exotic Animal Owners or their hatred of the animals?!? Either way it’s wrong and beyond belief!!!
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The owner of Tiger Truck Stop is fighting a new set of rules that might force his to give up his main attraction.
Among the proposed amendments is a change in the definition of a zoo, which would exclude Tiger Truck Stop.
“A zoo is defined as more than one species or more than one animal. Who are you targeting other than me?” asked Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop.
The Grosse Tete truck stop would not meet several of the new requirements for a zoo: that it be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; that it be publicly- or municipally-owned; and that it have more than one animal.
Animal activists say the truck stop is no place for a tiger. Some of the people who attended the hearing described seeing very poor living conditions. “What I saw were several throwing rocks at Tony, and I had to intervene to stop them,” recalled Carney Anne Nasser, a Tulane Law School professor and member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Tiger Truck Stop’s permit has survived several attempts by activists to have him moved. Employees say the fight has gotten personal.
“We’ve been threatened to be bombed. We’ve been threatened to be shot at when we leave work,” stated Melissa Macy. “That’s a terrorist action. Not an activist, that’s a terrorist.”
The proposal would also ban people from owning exotic animals, like cougars or bears, and slowly phase out private ownership of monkeys. Additionally, it gives agents more power to make unannounced inspections. “Very few people can afford the nutritional requirements of wildlife, their very specific biological needs, and certainly their environmental and housing needs,” said Hilton Cole, Director of Animal Control for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Sandlin defended the way Tony lives, both the way he’s cared for and the way visitors are protected. He claims that the truck stop, which is accredited by the United States Zoological Association, is the safest possible place for him.
“I would say, you could take it from any angle, and see that there are more accidents at AZA-accredited zoos than private zoos anywhere in this country,” he stated.
The public comment period is over for the proposal. The comments will be viewed by the secretary of the department and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. A decision can be made either to adopt, modify, or reject the changes between the middle of October and July 2015, but sources say the decision should be made sometime this fall.
Sandlin indicated that he would file a lawsuit against the state if the proposal is enacted.
Round two has begun for both Tony at the Truck Stop and All the cats at Yogie and Friends -No one benefits if this passes-and just how will this effect Mike the Tiger?!? There can be no exemption with his change-Maybe it’s time for ALL caregivers in Louisiana to ban together against this or any other changes they propose in the future!!! Note: Chimp Haven is NOT a zoo!!!
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