| WHAT ARE THEIR
Tony the tiger and his owner Mike Sandlin have reached a fever pitch. Here are
Tony is a fine healthy
animal that needs to be left where he is. It's the right thing to do. He can
never know the freedom of the open range - he was raised in captivity and lacks
the two years of training mother tigers give their cubs in hunting and survival
- he did hot have the life lessons that would enable him to survive.
He is as domesticated as a tiger can be, and will
be happy there.
Fight for Tony - yes - fight for
his happiness with his owners and the people he knows and loves
Here at SaveTony.com send letters and sign our
petitions. Help us save Tony!
|LIE: Tony is hit by diesel fuel 24 hours
Here is the truth. Tony is
not hit by diesel fuel 24 hours a day. Tony has never been touched by any kind
of fuel or liquid other than water. His exhibit is hundreds of feet from any
gas or diesel pump. Look at the large grassy enclosure he has! This is his home
- four time the size approved of.
|LIE: Tony lives on a concrete slab
Tony lives in a habitat
specially built for him. The truth is that Tony's habitat is four times the
size recommended for such an animal. The exhibit is dry unless it has just been
given its daily cleaning or it has rained.
|LIE: Tony has no privacy
Tony has privacy day and
night if he wants. Tony can go into his air conditioned house and be away from
people at any time. He is never locked out.
|LIE: Tony is hit by lights 24 hours a
Tony not hit by lights 24
hours a day. There are no spotlights on Tony, and he can get in the dark any
time day or night inside his exhibit. Here he is at full daylight, resting in
|LIE: Fumes are choking Tony the tiger
Fumes are not choking Tony
Tony has fresh air on all sides, and
diesel trucks and cars park away from the exhibit. Trucks portrayed in the
activist's film are parked two city blocks from the exhibit. Trucks are not
allowed to park next to the exhibit. Tigers in city zoos and exhibits have
worse air quality than Tony.
|LIE: Tony is suffering in 100 degree
Tony is not suffering when
temperatures reach 100 degrees. He has an air conditioned, darkened enclosure.
naturally live in temperature ranges that can vary from minus 22 degrees to
plus 122 degrees.
Grosse Tete has never had a temperature above 103 degrees
Fahrenheit. 19 degrees less than their natural extreme. The coldest has been 9
degrees. Well above their lowest natural range of Minus 22!
He also has a large pool of
clean water to play in.
|LIE: Tony has no natural habitat
Tony has natural habitat The
truth is Tony has a large grass playground with a pool and toys. He also has an
air conditioned house with privacy and a covered top to escape the rains.
He is a solitary animal. He has claws and they cannot be
removed at this age. He will kill any other animals he's penned with, unless
they too have claws. Most captive tigers are declawed.
| LIE: Tony is unloved
Tony is well loved Tony was
hand raised by Michael Sandlin from the age of eight months. There are many
pictures of him as a cub frolicking about the truck stop and at home playing
|LIE: Tony is neglected
Tony is not neglected
Tony has a top veterinarian caring for him at all
times. Tony has the best medicines and foods, and his handlers work with him
|LIE: Tony is sick
Tony is not sick. some
activists tried to poison Tony, to make him sick and to try to get him away
from Michael. They were not successful.
|LIE: Tony paces all day long on concrete
Tony does not pace all day
long on concrete. Tony can walk or play in a large grassy field in his exhibit.
Or he can play in his pool.
|LIE: Tony is stressed
Tony is not stressed. Tony
does not like animal activists that bang on the cage and flash cameras in his
face. Michael and the truck stop crew have observed this several times, while
they activists film Tony. Now he hates anyone with a camera tripod and growls
violently at them.
normally a calm peaceful animal that likes to sit on the top of his house and
watch people. There are many he knows, and regular customers can get Tony to
give them an affectionate rub on the bars.
|LIE: Tony is going to die soon
Tony is not going to die
soon. Cats in captivity live longer than animals in the wild, and Tony is
healthier than any animal in the wild.
|LIE: Tony has atrophied legs
Tony does not have atrophied
legs. Tony's legs are fine, but a photo taken from just the right angle makes
it look like he is ill. He is not. He is not sick, and veterinarians in other
states should not say so for the few dollars they are being given to make
judgements about Tony based on old photos.
|LIE: Tony has no escape from noise
Tony can escape from noise.
The truth is the truck stop is very quiet at night, much quieter than the 100
decibel noise level recorded in jungle habitats. Jungles are very noisy places.
Truckers do not drive at night - they sleep. After ten P.M. the truck stop
slows down to a crawl.
|LIE: Tony is just an advertising gimmick
Tony is not an advertising
loved by Michael, and all of the people at the truck stop. He is a draw to the
truck stop, just as the three tigers in the small pen at the nearby zoo are a
draw to the zoo. Just like the 100 cats at a big rescue preserve are the draw
for their proposed nature tour and lodgings. abused tigers do not reproduce,
but more live tigers have been born and raised at the tiger truck stop than
almost any other facility in the united states. The truth is that while there
may be some animals that are being abused in captivity - Tony the tiger is not
one of them. He is well cared for, happy, and loved.
He knows his home and the people
that care for him. He is not stressed, not sick, not hurt, not doused in fuel
or fumes. The sick people attempting to destroy Tony have no regard for the
best interests of the animal. In fact, a major Hollywood star came to the tiger
truck stop in January, fully intending to talk Michael Sandlin out of keeping
the tiger. He wanted Michael to let him rescue the cat. After seeing Tony for
himself and seeing how he is cared for - and seeing the corresponding care at
other facilities, he realized that taking Tony anywhere else would be worse for
Tony in every regard. When so called activists found out that Michael
considered sending Tony to an animal preserve in texas, the owner suddenly did
an about face and refused to even see Michael. In their shady dealings, various
animal welfare agencies trying to "save Tony" did not want to lose the money
Tony the tiger brings in for them by having him leave the truck stop too soon.
No matter. You are donating to them to save a tiger that does not need saving.
Here at the tiger truck stop he has personal one-on-one attention, and no
antagonism from other cats. Male tigers are solitary animals like lions, and do
better without constant forced company of other cats.
If you want to help Tony,
make your donations to the tiger truck stop instead, and help Michael improve
his exhibit. The activists have tried suing to get the tiger - and claim
libelously that Michael is breaking the law, or doing dirty behind the scenes
deals with lawmakers.
Michael is following the law exactly, and has the best interests
of the cat at heart. Lying about Michael will not set the tiger free.
short, if he is taken away, not only will he never see the people he knows and
loves, he will be forced into isolation, truly alone, and having to fight for
medical care with a hundred other cats, instead of personal one-on one
attention. This will cause the tiger to go into a depression which will
certainly kill him.
When you see Tony responding affectionately to his owner, chuffing
and rubbing up against the bars like a kitten, you see a fully healthy and
aware animal at peace with his environment and handlers.