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Tiger Truck Stop Cruelty
My friend :iconshadowthorne: has brought this issue to my attention, this is from her journal about it:

I have recently been informed about a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana.
The place is called the "Tiger Truck Stop". The owner of said stop has been keeping a living tiger out front on display.
Tony is a 9 year old Siberian/Bengal mix. He turns 10 in July. Tony has been living in a small enclosure made of iron bars and a concrete floor. He is forced, day and night, to breath dangerous exhaust fumes from the thousands of cars and trucks that drive by and through the stop as well as being subjected to onlookers crowding his prison and throwing rocks at him.

Letters have been sent to officials in Grosse Tete, Louisiana but have not been fruitful. The people in charge there claim the tiger is in perfect condition and see nothing wrong with his cage.
One of the truck stop owners previous tiger mascots, a 4 year old white tiger, went missing only to show up months later above the salad bar in the diner. She was a stuffed trophy.
Will this be Tony's fate? To be mounted after a life time of miserable suffering?

More can be learned about Tony the tiger here -> freetonythetiger.weebly.com/
Video of Tony -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg4GFe…

I have sent an e-mail to PETA about Tony's case, if the government officials wont help maybe PETA can force some action

EDIT
PETA has contacted me back already... they unfortunately have been working on Tony's case for a while now with out much luck
However; they DID give me the address to a place where we can send letters too and hopefully with enough puplic concern and out rage we can force action on our own. PLEASE HELP WITH THIS and write to this address

Robert Barham, Secretary
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225-765-2800


It would be wonderful if you guys would write to this address like we are doing! Please help save Tony!!
And if you guys would post this in your own journals also that would be great to help spread the word!




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Also,
Do not like the new layout. It looks so empty, ads are right on top of the freaking pictures, actually ads are everywhere! wth i hate this, why do they think they needed to update it? It was just fine how it was, this new layout looks like shit, i hate the combined thing of deviations from people you watch mixed with your messages, it says you have like 50 messages, and your like omg awesome!! Oh wait over half of them are just deviations from the people you are watching. The first thing i see when i open the page is stupid ad! Not cool DA, not cool at all. You are selling out to the man. This better get fixed or let us go to version 6 for the people who want it. Sorry for the rant but i hate when people change something when it is good to begin with, i don't like having this messed up. D:

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:iconfoxy-chan1996:
foxy-chan1996 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
We should make a petition for this. Like, get a bunch of people to sign it and when we get a good amount of signatures, send it to the person.
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
I bet there is already one out there, cause I know a lot of people are hating this new version. I need to find it so I can sign it.
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:iconfoxy-chan1996:
foxy-chan1996 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
.. Wait, I was talking about the tiger. xD

But still, a petition for the new site is a good idea. I very much dislike it. D:<
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Ohh Since I just updated this journal about the DA layout thats what I thought you were talking about.

But yeah they had a petition for Tony, but I can't get to the page, so idk.
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:iconfoxy-chan1996:
foxy-chan1996 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
You can't get to the page? Like, you can't find it or access it or what?
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 24, 2010   Digital Artist
It said they weren't taking anymore signatures for the petition, which made no sense to me but idk, so I can't add my name.
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:iconfoxy-chan1996:
foxy-chan1996 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Maybe they have enough? :shrug:

But, dang. I wanted to add my name. D:
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah I wanted to add mine too. Well since Tony is still in the cage you think they would want as many signatures as they could possibly get. :/
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I dont like this new shit either... Especially where they put ad bull shit right infront of the art! What??
i thought this was an art site, not an advertising site. might as well be a retail store site
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
I know for the past few months I have felt like this site is becoming advertising central. It's getting really annoying. I have two of those Splice ads looking at me right now. I'm so sick of seeing this thing's creepy face looking at me!! Plus no matter how many times i see this ad i'm not going to watch that movie. It's not my kind of movie.
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I agree, this place is just getting annoying.
lol, ill probably watch the movie at some point, tho not because of these damn ads
I hate all the ads everywhere!!
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah for me i'm not really into scifi stuff like that, where the creature is gonna end up killing all these people.
I know, its ads every fucking where.
I was looking at some artwork and there was two ads right on top on the picture. WTF?!?!
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I really dont like it either
i think this is probably one of the ideas that should never have left the closet
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah definately. They better fix this.
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:iconpaxipeanut:
PaxiPeanut Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Student Photographer
Eh, I don't really care about it :shrug:
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:icontrissacar:
Trissacar Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU LEAH! :heart:
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
:bow: :D
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:iconkallou123:
kallou123 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
so right can't even check out other pics and if i want the ads to be gone i got to buy one of those memberships and i dont have the money to buy one D:<
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
I know! I feel like they are forcing us to buy a membership, it's like look at 5 million ads per page or you can buy membership and not! I just do not like it all. D:
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:iconkallou123:
kallou123 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
me to it horrible
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:iconmew-ino:
Mew-Ino Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is terrible!!! I'll be damned if I let Tony contiue to live like that!!!
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I know, it's absolutely unacceptable his living conditions.
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Thank you so much for putting this up
The more people to know about it the better
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
No problem, I really want to help Tony and see him in a better place to live.
Yep definitely, I'm trying to get the word out too.
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:iconzeldaxfan111:
Zeldaxfan111 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Poor tiger :( I hall try to help!!!
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I know, it is horrible where he is living, in small concrete cage by the highway. There is no silence for him and he has to breathe exhaust fumes all day all night.

Thank you so much! :aww: We need all the people we can to help Tony.
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:iconlyoko-fan:
Lyoko-fan Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Damn right! Hell, if I lived out there, I'd go over there and break him out, come what may and hell to pay!
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I know I want to take a road trip over there and bust him out so bad!!
The living conditions of this tiger are so wrong! But one way to help would be writing a letter. :)
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:iconlyoko-fan:
Lyoko-fan Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
I shall spread the word for this creature. Honestly, what some people do for money...X(
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :aww:
I know so sad and ridiculous. D:
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:iconlyoko-fan:
Lyoko-fan Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
I really have a soft spot for cats...any kind or shape. Or any little mammal. They are cute, fluffy little bundles of love! :iconbeggingplz:
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Same here! They are just too cute. :aww:
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:iconlyoko-fan:
Lyoko-fan Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
I have a kitty Tigger. He's 18 human years old now.
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:iconpaxipeanut:
PaxiPeanut Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student Photographer
What should I say in the letter?
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
What I am saying in my letter is that the living conditions of Tony are wrong, and I'm going to list some of the reasons, like a concrete cage, by the highway, breathing exhaust fumes, people throwing rocks at him, etc. And that he should be moved to Big Cat Rescue, they have already offered to take Tony in there but the owner still says no. And mostly that he is a wild animal and not some mascot that needs to sit out front of a truck stop on the highway. Stuff like that. And thank you for helping! : )
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:iconpaxipeanut:
PaxiPeanut Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student Photographer
Okay. Yes, I read the other guys' explanation. Will do.
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah I know we both sent it around the same time, I didn't see her's or i would of not sent mine. :XD:
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:iconpaxipeanut:
PaxiPeanut Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student Photographer
:meow:
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Just express your concern for Tony and his health
and tell them you think this is an awful place for a tiger
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I just answered that question right after you, lol. You summed up what to write better than me. xD
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
XD Thats kind of funny
I just did coz i didnt know if you had not seen it or something
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I go trough all my messages and respond to all the easier ones first that don't take as long to write, and then go through the rest, idk just how I have always done it, lol. And my explanation was long but I could of summed it up I see and made it easy. :XD:
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:iconshadowthorne:
Shadowthorne Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Lol, that seems a fairly good way to do it
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:iconkallou123:
kallou123 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ok i will ^^
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :D Tony will be very grateful also.
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:iconkallou123:
kallou123 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
no promb you should get their e-mail address to
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:iconleah-sama:
Leah-Sama Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah you are right, I will find the email address out too and post it when I do.
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:iconkallou123:
kallou123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ok ^^
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