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

“Every American should have the right to own an exotic animal
of their choice if they’re financially and morally capable of taking
care of that animal,”  Sandlin said.

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