Monday, December 6, 2010

a cruel existence...

meet "tony the tiger"... this magnificent boy has suffered - you certainly couldn't call it living - in a chain link and concrete enclosure at a truck stop in louisiana for all of his 10 years - a life of misery spent as a 'roadside attraction', his only protection being a cage and sign asking people not to throw things at him...

i can't begin to imagine the psychological trauma of being subjected to constant harassment, noise, flood lights and exhaust fumes in a space no bigger than a couple of parking spots - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week... then there's the living on concrete - their natural habitat ranges from tropical forests to birch woodlands, mangrove swamps and tall grass jungles... and to do it alone, with no other tigers to interact with - in 2003, after repeated violations of the animal welfare act, three other tigers were removed, but tony was left behind...

the "owner's" permit to keep tony comes up for renewal on december 14 - please sign wspa's petition letting the louisiana dept of wildlife & fisheries know this treatment is cruel and inhumane and that tony should be surrendered to a big cat sanctuary - a tiger's lifespan in captivity can be anywhere from 16-20 years so please help him experience something better than the horror he has endured...

1 comment:

freetonythetiger said...

Thank you for advocating on behalf of Tony. His story has truly touched the hearts of people around the world. With the support of organizations like Big Cat Rescue - Tampa FL, The Animal Legal Defense Fund, The World Society For The Protection of Animals, and everyone who voices their concern for him - we hope to see Tony in a proper home with the care and respect he deserves.