Victory in Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Lawsuit to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger
This morning, a judge in East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, preventing the Department from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop, to display Tony, a ten-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger. When the current permit expires in December 2011, Sandlin will no longer be able to keep Tony confined as a roadside exhibit at the truck stop where he has languished for over a decade. 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund will work to find the best possible home for Tony in a reputable sanctuary where he can live out his days in a peaceful, natural environment.

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Photo source.
BREAKING: Idaho #AgGag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional
Idaho's "ag-gag" law has been struck down as an unconstitutional attempt by corporations to silence their critics who expose animal cruelty.


Every once in a while you win. Actually, you don’t just win, YOU COMPLETELY CRUSH IT AND THROW IT IN THEIR FACES. This ruling is so strong. I was a plaintiff in this but it was Matthew Strugar and Matthew Liebman who brought their A game and goddamn I don’t even know what else to say. Up the nerd punks.

Riv | Message of the day:

Against Dissection.

A strong objection of River’s..

“I’m working with students Against Dissection because I believe that students have a special role to play in alleviating animal suffering. Dissection teaches the cruel lesson that animal life is cheap and expendable. Choosing alternatives to dissection in biology classes is a simple and direct way for students to show respect for animals. — "Dissection is really the most barbaric form of mutilation.”

• River was a spokesperson for ALDF’s Students against Dissection Hotline.

Foie Gras With A Warning Label.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is asking the USDA to require foie gras to have a cigarette-like warning on all product packaging.

The group is asking that the USDA mandate that all foie gras packages be marked with the statement “NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds.” The ALDF argues that, foie gras consumers have the right to know the risks that come with buying the product.

The ALDF explains their reasoning like this:

“Ducks are force-fed three pounds of mash a day through a pipe that is shoved down their throats - the equivalent of force-feeding 45 pounds of food to an adult human - inducing a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis that often cripples and poisons the birds.”

The equivalent of force-feeding an adult human 45 pounds of food?  The average bag of potatoes is about 5 pounds so this would be like being force-fed 9 bags of potatoes every day.  That is enough to make anyone sick.

You can help spread the word about the dangers foie gras poses to animals and consumers by asking the USDA to mandate an industry wide warning label.  Sign the ALDF petition today.

Next Steps in ALDF’s Fight to Free Tony the Truck Stop Tiger
Tony has lived at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for the past decade, and as a result of ALDF’s case, the annual permit that allows him to be kept there will not be renewed when it expires in December 2011. However, it was a qualified victory—because we were unable to get Tony released immediately.

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Photo from Free Tony the Tiger.


Great video showing the absurdity of animal property status under the law and why we fight to change it.
Animal Abusers Would Be Named Under Bills in 26 States

Those who batter, abuse or kill dogs and cats would get the same public scorn as sex offenders in bills introduced in legislatures throughout the U.S.

Online registries for convicted animal abusers already have been approved in three New York counties, including Suffolk, where the nation’s first takes effect May 7. Twenty-five states have considered such laws since 2010, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which is leading the campaign…


Wolf rescued rrom shady roadside zoo about to start a new life

A deplorable roadside zoo in Pennsylvania has closed its doors, while its residents are on their way to starting entirely new lives in sanctuaries.

Animaland Zoological Park was an unaccredited roadside zoo in Wellsboro that came under fire earlier this year for failing to provide adequate care for the animals there. Of particular concern was the blatant mistreatment of a gray wolf named Bear and a Siberian tiger named Baby, who are both protected under federal law as endangered species.

In March, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), along with six members of the public, filed a lawsuit ultimately seeking to have them moved to a sanctuary over concerns about their physical and psychological well being, in addition to barring the owners from keeping animals in the future.

They argued that Bear and Baby were being kept in conditions that violate the Endangered Species Act, stating in the complaint that the “cramped, concrete-and-steel enclosures are so vacant and so inadequate that both casual observers and skilled veterinarians alike have concluded that the animals are suffering immensely.”

This week, advocates for these animals are celebrating a huge victory. In response to legal action taken on behalf of these animals, the zoo has closed its doors and the residents who were imprisoned there are on their way to starting entirely new lives in sanctuaries, where they’ll be living out their days.

According to the ALDF, Bear was successfully moved to the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, where he’ll finally be able to enjoy the company of other wolves in a natural environment.



It’s another installment of Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 30 Second Animal Law! Today we learn “What laws protect animals who are raised for food?”


Did you ever see a video of horrific cruelty toward farmed animals and wonder, “Why is that legal?!” The sad truth is that there are no federal laws that govern the way farmed animals are raised. State laws are sorely lacking. So what can you do if the law can’t protect them?

By going vegan you remove your support for the cruel system under which 10 billion land animals are raised each year. A plant-based diet is healthy, delicious, and better for the environment as well.

Watch the entire series on YouTube, and get more info on “the legal vegan” from ALDF.