I learned about Tony through the Animal Legal Defence Funds (ALDF) Summer School Series earlier this year. Where the ALDF successfully obtained a judgment in 2012 prohibiting the state of Louisiana from issuing any future permits for Tony’s captivity.
That judgment should have required the State of Louisiana to move Tony to a reputable animal sanctuary. Instead, the Louisiana legislature passed a law exempting the Tiger Truck Stop (and just him) from the Louisiana Big Cat Ban.
Tony passed away in October while still in captivity at the Tiger Truck Stop parking lot in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.
“Tony’s tragic death demonstrates how our legal system leaves wildlife, including members of endangered species like Tony, extremely vulnerable to exploitation by incompetent or uncaring individuals,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells.