The Animal Legal Defense Fund concerning this decision (re: Appeals court overturns Tiger Truck Stop decision 8.29.2011)
"This morning, the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop are necessary parties to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s lawsuit to free Tony the Tiger and ordered a new trial in the case. In so ruling, the Court vacated the permanent injunction issued by the trial court that would have freed Tony in December. The decision means ALDF will need to amend its complaint to add the new defendants, then re-do the litigation thus far. While we disagree with the Court of Appeals’ ruling, this is just a minor set-back. We are confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will rule the same way when we go through it again with Mr. Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop as parties."
Posted: Aug 29, 2011 12:38 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 2:26 PM
BATON ROUGE – An appeals court today threw out a ruling the state couldn’t issue any new large animal permits to Tiger Truck Stop, whose big cat has been the center of big controversy among animal rights groups.
The decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling from District Judge Mike Caldwell this past May. He ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit group that sued the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to stop issuing the permits.
The Tiger Truck Stop and its owner, Mike Sandlin, were not part of the proceedings, which is why the 1st Circuit said they overturned the motion. They also vacated Caldwell’s order for a permanent injunction and sent it back to the District Court for further proceedings.
The Truck Stop’s 550-pound tiger named “Tony” has drawn criticism from animal rights groups like the ALDF, who believe the fumes, inadequate enclosure and stream of visitors are detrimental to the tiger’s health.
A date for a new trial had not been set yet.