I am sad to report that the council voted tonight to amend the parish ordinance and grandfather Tony in. However, after the vote was taken, the Parish President, J. Mitchell Ourso, stood up and gave his comments. He stated that he is adamantly against the tiger remaining at the truck stop – that no animal should be treated poorly and live in inhumane conditions. He further said that he will meet with Michael Sandlin (owner) and present habitat improvements that must be made within 30-45 days. He will meet with Sandlin in the next 10 days at which time if his conditions are not agreed to he will veto the council’s vote. As we all know, the council can then come back and with a 2/3 vote overturn the veto. Mr. Ourso has met with veterinarians, biologists, LSU, etc. about the treatment and conditions of exotic cats and reiterated that the truck stop does not come close. If Sandlin is finally issued a license by Iberville Parish, he must then obtain the required permit from Wildlife and Fisheries. That begins another process.
It is not over yet. The council is agreeing to grandfather an animal that was not even born when the ordinance was passed. You may ask how can that be possible? There are many technicalities that could further impact this case and will be pursued. More updates to come later.
We owe a huge thanks to J.Mitchell Ourso (Parish President) which we expressed to him tonight. If anyone would care to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Tony please do so.
Please also send a letter of appreciation to District 5
Mr. Edwin M. Reeves, Jr. 58680 St. Clement Street
Plaquemine, LA 70764
He was the ONLY one that voted to NOT amend the ordinance for Michael Sandlin….
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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