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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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.

Read more.

Photo from Free Tony the Tiger.
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…


Great video showing the absurdity of animal property status under the law and why we fight to change it.

Our friends over at the Animal Legal Defense Fund report that one of the four “men” responsible for bludgeoning more than 900 chicks* to death on a California farm was sentenced to a measly 124 days in jail.

Farmed animals are treated miserably by humans at every turn. They are manipulated physically to grow outlandishly large so they can be murdered at 6-weeks-old. They are crammed into sheds where the ammonia is stifling. They must live in their own filth and on top of their fallen flock-mates. Shipped in crates to darkened rooms where they are shackled and their sensitive throats slit open. Disassembled for a forgotten meal.

So yes, it is grossly unjust that the humans responsible for cruelly beating 900 baby birds to death receive little punishment. But perhaps sadder still is if you read this story and still eat the flesh of these bright, intelligent, emotional animals.

*Chickens in the meat industry are slaughtered at 6-weeks-old. They cheep and peep like baby chicks, despite weighing more than most adult chickens.


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.


The Cruel Practice of Penning

In penning operations, wild foxes and coyotes are trapped so that packs of hunting dogs can be set loose on them. The captive wildlife, unable to escape the caged enclosures, frequently suffer horrific deaths while being ripped to shreds during these “field trials.”

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Project Coyote, and the Animal Welfare Institute filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its director Robert Carter Jr. over the Department’s decision to waive state permit requirements for a controversial Greene County “penning” facility. This lawsuit comes just a week before the Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) considers creating new rules that would sanction coyote and fox penning year-round, despite major public outcry against the practice.