Judge sides with Animal Legal Defense Fund in ‘Tony the Tiger’ case

| 5/6/2011

The fate of Tony the Tiger, who has lived at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA, for 10 years has been in limbo for several years.

On Friday, May 6, a judge in East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries renewing the annual permit in December.

Matthew Liebman, staff attorney for the ALDF, told Land Line on Friday that the judge refused to “revoke the current permit immediately,” which is one thing the ALDF was seeking in its lawsuit filed in April, but agreed that the wildlife department will not be allowed to issue a new permit to Michael Sandlin, Tony’s owner and Tiger Truck Stop owner. The permit is set to expire in December.

“There are a couple of things that can happen now,” Liebman said. “Tony’s owner, Mr. Sandlin, could decide where to send him on his own before the permit expires; the (wildlife) department could take possession or seize Tony in December and decide his fate about where to send him; or Mr. Sandlin could work with the department to find a positive new home for Tony.”

Liebman, who was in court this morning, visted Tony at the truck stop on Thursday.