For years, proponents of the fanatical animal rights ideology have attempted to remove Tony, an elderly male tiger, from his home at Tiger Truck Stop through costly legal action. They believed living in close proximity to a truck stop was detrimental to his well being and therefore he should be immediately transferred to a “sanctuary” such as Big Cat Rescue. At least for now, the battle seems to be nearing its end.
Last night we sadly learned that Tony had to be euthanized. He passed away at the age of 17, leaving behind his owner, Michael Sandlin.
According to a page posted on the Tiger Truck Stop's website:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a major advocate of animal rights, issued a statement in which they said, “The Animal Legal Defense Fund is deeply saddened by the death of Tony, the Siberian-Bengal tiger held captive in the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. For more than seven years, we litigated on many fronts to free Tony, and we are devastated that despite our best efforts, he lived and died caged at a truck stop that could never provide the life he deserved.”
Apparently not even accredited facilities such as the Houston Downtown Aquarium can provide a tiger with the life it deserves.
Despite their plans for expanding their tiger exhibit to meet the requirements set by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Downtown Aquarium has an ongoing legal battle with the ALDF which asserts that the white tigers in the aquariums care are being treated and exhibited in a way that violates the Endangered Species Act and should be transferred to a sanctuary.
Are over glorified roadside zoos like Big Cat Rescue the only types of facilities capable of providing a tiger with the life it deserves by barely providing anything more than the bare necessities?
Below is a comment Big Cat Rescue wrote under the Facebook post they made about Tony's death.
We have a few problems with Big Cat Rescue's comment.
First of all, the cats at Big Cat Rescue also hear the sounds of loud truck noises due to being located in a heavily populated area. Apparently the area they're located in is so bustling with activity that one of their cougars had a seizure due to a helicopter flying above their facility.
Secondly, how can they claim Tony's cage is tiny when it's 3,200 square feet? That greatly exceeds 1200 square feet, the minimum cage size Big Cat Rescue has for their lions and tigers.
Lastly, as for being unable to escape gawkers, Big Cat Rescue exhibits their cats 6 days a week all year long.
In a statement gathered by the Advocate, the spokesman for the ALDF said:
Does the ALDF also believe Big Cat Rescue sees their cats as props for money making since they have taken numerous of their deceased cats to a taxidermist to preserve their pelts and skulls in order to have them be displayed in their party room?