A judge has barred Louisiana wildlife from re issuing tiger truck stop permit

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BATON ROUGE, La. — A judge has barred Louisiana wildlife officials from renewing a permit for a truck stop to keep a caged tiger on its premises.

An injunction issued Friday by State District Judge R. Michael Caldwell blocks the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing a new permit for the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, west of Baton Rouge, to keep the 10-year-old tiger once the current permit expires in December.

Animal Legal Defense Fund attorney Matthew Liebman said Caldwell refused to revoke the current permit, which means the truck stop is allowed to keep the tiger until Dec. 14.

Liebman said the ALDF will work with the state to find a new home for the tiger, named Tony, at an animal sanctuary.


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