Rescue Tiger Caged at Truck Stop

Tony Tiger Big Cat Rescue

Target: Chad J. Courville, At-Large Appointee, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Goal: Move tiger trapped at a roadside truck stop to a reputable sanctuary.

Tony, a Siberian tiger, has been stuck at a roadside truck stop for the last 13 years. He has been forced to listen to the buzz of the highway, inhale the smell of diesel fuel and endure the gawking and taunting of the truckers passing through. Activists have been fighting for Tony for some time now, however Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has been fighting the whole way through to keep him. Sandlin states that these activists are “nuts that think they know more about tigers than I do–I can’t stand it.”

Sandlin has a long, controversial history with animals. Years ago, Sandlin apparently had a few tigers that he would breed and then dispose of. Reportedly, he also has been cited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for not providing clean water, proper veterinary care or proper shelter for his animals. It appears that Sandlin is not a responsible owner.

It is time that Tony is moved to a reputable sanctuary where he can live the rest of his years happily and healthy among friends. Sign this petition and demand Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries take Tony away from his current living conditions and owner.


Dear Mr. Courville,

A Siberian tiger that goes by the name of Tony has been trapped at a roadside truck stop for the last 13 years. He has been forced to listen to the buzz of the highway, inhale the intense fumes of diesel fuel, and endure the gawking and taunting of the people passing through. This is not a healthy environment for a tiger, physically or mentally.

It appears that Tony is just a money maker. Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, apparently has a long, controversial history with animals. He reportedly used to have quite a few tigers that he would breed and sell to bidders. He also declawed them. Reportedly, he has been cited by the USDA for not providing clean water, proper shelter or proper veterinary care.

Sandlin has been fighting very hard to keep Tony since he is a huge selling point. However, no animal should have to endure this cruel life. It is time Tony is moved to a reputable sanctuary where he can spend the rest of his days happy, healthy, and among friends. Please be a hero to Tony and take action to help him today.


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Photo credit: Big Cat Rescue

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  1. I heard recently that a boxer had been given a tiger as a gift from Russia? How can people in America and Russia even think this is appropriate, they have their own live and ways of living, not born to be pets in a freak celeb show

  2. This poor helpless Tony Tiger needs to be taken from this subhuman, Michael Sandlin, and taken to a sanctuary where he will be loved & taken care of properly. He has spent 13 years of his life caged, away from his own kind, and mistreated all due to the greediness of this piece of crap, Sandlin. What is wrong with the authorities down there in that God-forsaken place?? Is it too much trouble just because “he is just an animal”??? They need to get off their asses and do their jobs & get a decent place for Tony Tiger to live instead of the hellhole he is in right now. DO SOMETHING!!! HELP THIS TIGER AND GET HIM OUT OF THAT GOD-FORSAKEN HELLHOLE AND LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE IN PEACE. How would you like to live the way he has been living for 13 years??? I don’t think you’d like it very much at all.

  3. anita culling says:

    Please help this cruel. Shame on this idiot

  4. Cecily Colloby says:

    What is it with these idiots who keep “exotic” animals ?? Send this poor tiger to a sanctuary where he can at least have a more natural life. I too remember signing for Tony’s release a couple of years back.

  5. Patricia Dumais says:

    When will Tony be moved? I signed a petition on behalf of Tony years ago and I cannot believe nothing has been done!

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  8. Lisbeth Westmark says:

    How long is it going to take before Tony will be given his freedom? How many petitions will it take. I know that I have Signed several during the years since we started.Corruption CORRUPTION BASTARDS!!!!

  9. Let’s be rational & compassionate — transfer Tony to a Sanctuary where he can finally be happy, healthy & comfortable — for once, let’s THINK & bring about what’s best for the tiger — let’s think of Tony’s life as it should be & his natural habitat — For the sake of God, who does Mr. Sandlin think he is! — let’s stop his abuse & exploitation of innocent Tony — no sane, compassionate & moral society would accept this — allow the transfer of Tony to a Sanctuary or any environment mimicking his natural habitat.

  10. Another ageing petition! get this presented and publish results, if any!

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