Louisiana law requires the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revoke the permit used to keep Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, at a Grosse Tete truck stop, state District Judge Mike Caldwell ruled Wednesday in Baton Rouge.
Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop, where Tony has been caged since 2001, said the decision will be appealed.
Frederick Whitrock, attorney for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, declined to comment immediately after Caldwell’s ruling.
Lisa Franzetta, communications director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said the ruling was in the best interest of the 550-pound tiger and the public’s safety.
The ALDF filed the petition for removal of the tiger from the truck stop.
“We believe Tony shouldn’t be kept there,” Franzetta said. “He shouldn’t be kept at a truck stop as a roadside show.”
Franzetta added the big cat should “live out his life in an accredited sanctuary.”