Claws Come Out in Fight Over Tony the Truck-Stop Tiger

Wildlife NewsClaws Come Out in Fight Over Tony the Truck-Stop Tiger

Saturday, February 14, 2009
By Allison Pataki



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A gr-r-r-reat cat fight is brewing at a truck stop in Louisiana, where animal rights advocates are fighting to have Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, seized from his owner and taken to a wildlife preserve.

So far, this battle has seen death threats against activists, charges of animal abuse against the tiger's owner, dueling Web sites and near run-ins with the law. It's so downright dirty that the 800-pound jungle cat at the center of the controversy looks like the tamest personality involved.

Click here for photos of Tony the Tiger.

On Tuesday, the Iberville Parish Council will meet to decide whether Tony's owner, Michael Sandlin, who has owned Tony since he was a cub, has been violating a local ordinance by publicly displaying the tiger at his Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La.

The ordinance blocks the state Wildlife and Fishery Department from granting Sandlin a permit to own Tony.

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,493012,00.html

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