Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism and Tony the Tiger

You may well ask what on earth does this Blog title mean!

I have on previous occasions acknowledged the splendid job that Yves Smith does in terms of publishing the blog, Naked Capitalism.  I’m sure that I will have cause to mention her splendid Blog again.  Frankly, I don’t know how Yves finds the time to relentlessly publish every day a whole skew of articles and lots of links to other articles that have caught her eye.   So why the mention today?

Well this evening is the first of four evenings where I am running a course at our local Church Hall.  It’s a new project for me and the last few days have been ‘interesting’ as I get my stuff together and fret about it all, as I am wont to do!

So it was a blessing to find that the links presented on Naked Capitalism yesterday (10th) contained some wonderful stories that seemed appropriate for all you good readers, with the bonus that it allowed me to focus on last-minute preparations for the course.

Here’s the first one that caught my eye, published on the Care2 website, not a website that I had come across before.

Victory! ALDF Wins Freedom for Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

Tony, the 10-year-old Siberian Bengal tiger who’s been at the heart of an ongoing catfight over his living conditions at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., has had his freedom granted!

On Friday, May 6, District Judge R. Michael Caldwell of the East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), preventing them from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin to keep Tony as of this December 14.

Unbeknownst to Tony, he’s garnered the attention of people around the world who have been fighting to have him freed from the concrete cell he’s spent his entire life in for years. Unfortunately, officials have bent the rules and looked the other way when it came to the Tiger Truck Stop.

From the Care2 article, there was a link to the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the following press release.

Victory in Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Lawsuit to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

May 6th, 2011

Baton Rouge Court Grants Permanent Injunction, Ordering Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to Stop Issuing Illegal Permit Allowing Tony to Be Kept on Display in Iberville Parish 

For immediate release

Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

BATON ROUGE, La. – This morning, a judge in East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, preventing the Department from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop, to displayTony, a ten-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger. When the current permit expires in December 2011, Sandlin will no longer be able to keep Tony confined as a roadside exhibit at the truck stop where he has languished for over a decade. The court also assessed costs against the Department in the case.

In preparation for the day the current permit expires and Tony is finally free, ALDF hopes to work with the Department to find the best possible new home for him, providing recommendations for reputable sanctuaries where Tony can live out his life in a peaceful, natural environment, free from the 24-hour exposure to noise and diesel fumes that have plagued his life to date.

ALDF’s lawsuit to free Tony has drawn the support of high profile advocates like Leonardo DiCaprio and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and has galvanized activists around the world. This week, ALDF delivered to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries over 31,000 signed petitions urging it to revoke Sandlin’s permit to keep Tony. Tony has been on exhibit at the Tiger Truck Stop since 2001; he has lived there with no other tiger companions since 2003. Joining ALDF as a co-plaintiff in the case is former Louisiana Representative Warren Triche, who authored the state’s law that led to the ban on the private ownership of big cats, including tigers. Two other Louisiana residents, also deeply concerned by Tony’s long-time suffering, are additional co-plaintiffs. The law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. are providing pro bonoassistance with the lawsuit.

“Today, the law was upheld in the state of Louisiana, which has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “It is an incredible victory for ALDF, the tens of thousands around the world who have supported this campaign, and most of all, for Tony. We eagerly look forward to the day that he leaves behind the noise and fumes of the Tiger Truck Stop for a new life of freedom that he has never known.”

Tony the Tiger

Splendid, splendid result which serendipitously led me to another aspect of tigers that I want to present to you tomorrow.

4 thoughts on “Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism and Tony the Tiger

  1. You really should do your research before posting “stories”.
    The fact that Tony is 11 yrs old and healthy is proof he is well cared for. Tony’s welfare is not in danger, he is not abused or unhealthy and does not need “rescued” in fact; his enclosure is approx 3-4 times larger than most captive tigers at the well-maintained animal sanctuaries which you believe he should go.

    The following is my opinion and belief from months of extensive research.
    Carole Baskin is a person who continually attacks private exotic owners, zoo’s, other rehabs and wildlife centers, her goal is to shut down all other exotic owners and remove their animals no matter what the cost to these animals and this particular mission of hers is not about what is best for Tony. She started this campaign several yrs ago and has joined with others including ALDF which have portrayed Tony to be living in bad conditions. Her mission is is far from honorable but instead to line her own pockets while even defrauding the public to believing Tony will live at BCR (which I may add is located beside a major freeway). In fact she has already profited from her campaign to take Tony and is still doing so even thou Michael Sandlin has made it very clear in public statements that Michael will never allow Tony to go to BCR.

    Baskin’s unethical barbaric practices of proudly torturing and killing domestic rabbits as well as other domestic animals (unnecessarily) by throwing them Alive into big cat cages for dinner & treats – in the name of a “Sanctuary” is disgraceful to all Ethical and Professional Wildlife Rehabs as well as her defrauding the public with fabricated stories of “big cat rescues”. BCR’S practices and death records of big cats do not make it an ethical or successful caretaker of wildlife.

    Please review the following links.








  2. I THINK that any group that has enough money$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ SHOULD have every right to confiscate your private property . it is a fact that this cat is according to a vet. in excellent health. he is cleaner them most children cared for by their parents. and eats better then 95 % of the population in america. and not out of a dumpster .like our homeless are doing. and as for your rights as an AMERICAN citizen paying taxes. your rights are only as good as the lawyer you hire or they hire. but did you wonder for a moment WHY ALDF PICKED THIS PARTICULAR TIGER??????????????? when i have read from such informed animal rights groups [members] that there are tigers being HUNTED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. i would think that they would go after that rather then an tiger that is 11yrs old with its original owner who is legally libal if some one even gets a scratch [ a lawyers dream ] who has raised ,loved and cared for this animal since it was a cub. oh that’s right we want him to be happy and run in the forest and meet and fall in love and raise cubs [they are solitary animals] you know a DISNEY STORY. my advice to ALSF is try to find a REAL ABUSED OR NEGLECTED BIG CAT TO SAVE. instead of useing some innocent private citizen as your stepping stone to DONATIONS$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ my guess is not one dime will go to any animal . it pays lawyers,lobbist,your salaries, your staff and donations to politians and those that run for office that think the same way your organization does. i wonder if your donors know how you are spending their hard earned money. i would guess if a poll were taken on your donors only 10% EVEN HAVE ANY CLUE. most think you are spending the money to save some starving abused animal. like an old movie used as their catchy line. JUST THE FACTS MAM JUST THE FACTS. HOW ABOUT SOME CONCRET FACTS ON ALDF. AND THEIR AJENDA. .

    1. Dear MaryGay,

      I appreciate you taking the trouble to comment, and thanks for calling by Learning from Dogs.

      It’s difficult for me to understand how carefully you read my item on the 11th May because all I was doing was re-publishing a web link that Yves Smith, of Naked Capitalism, had promoted on her own very reliable Blog site. I clicked on the link and, to the best of my judgement, the story appeared genuine and balanced.

      If that was not the case then you have my full permission to submit a guest post to the email address available on this Blog setting out the facts as you believe them.

      There is a saying in my old country, ‘the person who hasn’t made a mistake, hasn’t made anything!’ Ranting at me in the manner that you did doesn’t achieve anything, certainly nothing towards mutual respect.

      Best wishes, Paul H.

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