Tony the “Truck Stop” Tiger No More!

Tony the “Truck Stop” Tiger No More!

TONY THE TIGER’S STORY

Tony by D Westerman BovionTony, a beautiful Siberian-Bengal tiger, has been on display his whole decade-long life  at Michael Sandlin’s Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. From his steel and concrete compound, Tony can’t escape the constant bright lights, diesel infused air, or sounds of screeching brakes and idling semi motors. An ineffectual sign hangs on Tony’s compound warning against the crime of harassing the “protected” tiger. Still, Tony is taunted by truck stop tourists. Tony has no companion, logs, trees, or complex vegetation to engage in natural tiger behaviors. He has a trough of water too small to submerge himself and cool down in the blazing heat of Louisiana summers. Tony paces repeatedly across his patch of hard, rough concrete due to the psychological stress of confinement, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions as well.

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