Saturday, 12 July 2014
BIG CAT RESCUE: Should Tony the Truck Stop Tiger Go Free?
Animal-rights activists say Tony, the last big cat at Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop, should spend his remaining days in a sanctuary. Tony’s owner convinced an entire state legislature to disagree.
Just off the I-10 in Grosse Tête, Louisiana, behind the bars of a 40-by-80-foot enclosure, lives a 550-pound Siberian tiger named Tony. Alongside 18-wheelers, gas and diesel pumps, a 24-hour Cajun restaurant, and a gift shop, 14-year-old Tony leads a mellow life as the Tiger Truck Stop’s main roadside attraction. But while Tony lounges and visitors gawk, signs posted around the stop by its owner, Michael Sandlin, decry “the evils of animal rights.”