Hi Efuryone Harry here,
Ofur the last few weeks I has been intervooing animal charities and campaigners. I then came across @Tonytiger2000 and we struck up a fwendship straight away. Tony’s story has weally touched me and weminded me how lucky I is. Tony has kindly agreed to be intervood and here is his story……………..
Hi Tony fanks fur agweein to de intervoo in what are vewy sad circumstances.
ROARS Harry!! Thanks for asking me. It’s important people know about the serious problem of privately owned tigers in the United States. I’m just one of an estimated 5,000-10,000 captive U.S.tigers – that’s more than left in the wild!
Now yoo is a Siberian or a Bengal Tiger is dat right?
I’m not a purebred tiger, I’m a Siberian-Bengal tiger or what they call a “generic” tiger. There are only 6 sub-species of tiger left, the Amur (Siberian), Bengal, Malayan, Indo-Chinese, South China, and Sumatran. Three are extinct: Caspian, Bali and Javan.
How old is yoo?
I’ll be 13 years old in July.
Where does yoo live?
GRRRR!!!! I live at a truck stop in Louisiana. My “owner” uses me as a roadside attraction at Tiger Truck Stop.
How did yoo end up der?
Well my “owner’s” family used to have tigers at a truck stop in Texas, when they got this truck stop in Louisiana they continued exhibiting tigers.
What is yoo home like?
** Cough Cough ** Excuse me; well there’s lots of trucks and cars, noise and fumes. I have concrete “dens” I hide out in and a grassy area I use sometimes. **sigh**
Does yoo get bored?
Yep, not much to do here, I pace a lot. Tigers love to swim but I won’t use what they give me as a “pool.” At a reputable big cat sanctuary I’d have a home with a natural habitat of 8,000+ sq ft, perches, hammocks, a pool, toys, and more! **paws crossed**
What is being done to release yoo?
I’m fortunate to have the Animal Legal Defense Fund representing me. They’ve been to court for me a bunch of times. Two times a judge ruled that the permit issued to my “owner” by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is illegal and no further permits can be issued – and recently the Louisiana Court of Appeal upheld these decisions. But my “owner” has a lawsuit against the state so everything is still caught up in the legal process. You can read more from my legal team ALDF here: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2438 and here: http://aldf.org/tony
Why will de man who has yoo not let yoo go?
Well, he thinks having me here brings in business and believes it’s his right to own a tiger. But tigers are not gimmicks, roadside attractions or pets!!
Has yoo efur lived wiv any ofur Tigers?
There were other tigers here, but in 2003 the USDA took them away because of violations of the Animal Welfare Act. They allowed my “owner” to keep one tiger, and he kept me because I was the youngest. http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tony-left-behind-in-2003/
Is der anyfing yoo would like to add?
My petition is still open and you can sign it here:
And here’s something my friends can do to help us tigers. A bill called The Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act has just been reintroduced as HR 1998. This bill would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed. Please ask your representatives to co-sponsor this bill. You can learn more about it here:
I want to thank you Harry for interviewing me and helping raise awareness for captive tigers in the U.S. ROARS!!!!
Fanks Tony fur being so open about efuryfing yoo is going through.
Tony has a gurl he wuvs vewy much called Lucy @Lucyliberte www.friendsoflucy.ca
I will be doing an intervoo wiv Lucy soon. In the meantime please do support and ROAR for Tony and paws cwossed he finds a suitable furefur home soon.