Ruling on Tony the truck stop tiger

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2011:

GROSSE TETE,  Louisiana— More than 10 years of controversy
and litigation over Tony,  the resident tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop
near Interstate 10 in Grosse Tete,  Louisiana,  may be near an
end–or maybe not.  District Judge Michael Caldwell on November 3,
2011 ruled for the second time in six months,  in a case brought by
the Animal Legal Defense Fund,  that Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael
Sandlin is illegally keeping the tiger.  However,  Caldwell’s
previous ruling was reversed by a three-judge panel of the Louisiana
First Circuit Court of Appeal,  and Sandlin is expected to appeal
again. Read more

How the Zanesville animals were shot

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2011:
ZANESVILLE–Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz on the evening of October 18,  2011 ordered his deputies to kill 18 tigers, 17 African lions,  six black bears,  two grizzly bears,  two wolves, and a baboon because he believed that the circumstances under which they were running loose–including a failed attempt to shut some of them back in their breached cages–left no other options.

Reported Zanesville Times Recorder staff writer Hannah Sparling,  “Sam Kopchak,  64,  owns about four acres on Kopchak Road,”  next door to Terrry Thompson’s 73-acre Muskingum County Animal Farm.  Kopchak was walking his horse Red back to his barn when he noticed a group of about 30 horses on Thompson’s property acting
strange,  he said.  He looked a little closer and saw they were running from a bear.  Then, Kopchak turned around and saw a male African lion standing about 30 feet from him and Red.  The only thing separating them was a 4- or 5-foot wire fence,  he said.”

“I don’t know how I controlled myself,”  Kopchak told Sparling.  “We made a beeline toward my barn.” Read more

Letters (Jan-Feb 2012)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2011:


Marti Kheel

My late sister Marti Kheel’s quest for answers began long ago
when as a child, the adult world caused a severing of her heart and
mind during a mass slaughter and plucking of chickens that was the
activity of the day at her summer camp.  In her own words:
“In retrospect, I think that two forms of violence occurred
that day-the extreme violence directed against the chickens and the
internal violence toward my own nature and my own feelings of
connection to other animals.   What happened that day is that my
initial feelings of empathy for the animals under attack became
suppressed and anaesthetized.  It took me many years to start the
process of reclaiming those feelings and in essence,  that has become
my life’s work-to reclaim those initial feelings of kinship with
other animals and to help others do so as well.” Read more

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