Update For Tony Via Animal Legal Defense Fund
January 30, 2012: Last Monday, Judge Caldwell denied a motion brought by Michael Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop (TTS) that sought to suspend Judge Caldwell’s order while Sandlin and TTS appealed.
In other words, Tony would have stayed put at the truck stop until after the appeal ran its course, which could take months.
Instead, Judge Caldwell’s order instructing the Department to revoke the permit will go into effect right away.
Sadly, this does not necessarily mean Tony is leaving the truck stop soon.
Sandlin has filed his own lawsuit against the Department, which has been temporarily restrained from taking any action to remove Tony.
ALDF attorneys are doing everything they can to resolve these conflicting orders to make sure Tony makes his way to a humane, accredited sanctuary as soon as possible.
Bobcat Abuse Update
As you may remember, a wildlife official recently posted a YouTube video of himself encouraging his dog to attack a terrified bobcat that was trapped in a leg hold trap. After torturing the bobcat this way, he shot the bobcat. Commissioners have asked him to step down, but he refuses saying HE’S being harassed. ABC is covering this story (see video below)
PLEASE take a moment to email the Dept. of Natural Resources and the Commission with your thoughts, since they are deciding how to proceed….we need to continue educating the public about the cruelty of trapping, as well as this obvious form of animal abuse:
Nevada statutes that make it illegal to allow a dog to “molest” wildlife: sections 503.631 and 503.636.
ABC News Coverage – “Man behind trapped bobcat video says he’s being harassed”
Watch news coverage video at http://bcove.me/w369qs73 By Katie Crowther CREATED Jan. 31, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — It’s bobcat versus dog in a controversial video that many say is animal cruelty. Now, the man behind that video claims he’s being harassed.
Metro confirms Tracy Truman, the Vice Chairman of Clark County’s Wildlife Advisory Board, filed a police report because he’s worried about his safety.
According to police, an unidentified man has called Truman’s law office more than once, regarding the bobcat video.
Tuesday night, the Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board met for the first time since the video surfaced. There was extra security in place. The meeting was held in the County Commission chambers. Armed officers stood watch inside and out.
More than a dozen people signed-up to speak in front of the board.
“It’s not right,” said one animal activist. “I am disgusted.”
“I was horrified when I saw that video,” Gina Griesen added.
“It’s cruel, and very ugly,” Mirrell Grimes said. “He should be removed from the board immediately.”
Truman was missing from the meeting. He was advised not to show up. He’s the man behind the camera in the video – holding the chain, pulling the the trapped bobcat back and forth – as a dog barks relentlessly. Truman can be heard encouraging the dog, saying “get him boy!”
Truman posted the video on an animal trapper website. Once it hit YouTube, it prompted a firestorm of controversy.
Truman says the video was taken out of context, and was an educational tool meant to show other trappers that a dog doesn’t have to make contact with a trapped animal. His critics don’t buy that.
But, not everyone that spoke at the meeting was against Truman.
“I think that Tracy Truman is a great person, and I think he is a great member of your wildlife board,” said one supporter. “Regardless of this video, he’s done a lot of good.”
“Anybody here that knows Tracy, that’s spent any time with him, knows how good of a guy he is,” added another supporter. “What he did is not illegal.”
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is investigating whether the video is proof of animal cruelty. The Clark County Commission is also looking into it. It’s ultimately up to them whether Truman will keep his spot as an appointed member of the Wildlife Advisory Board.
On Tuesday night, the chairman of the board, acknowledged the video’s disturbing nature.
“You can’t say anything other than it’s kind of a horrifying thing to watch,” Pat Dixon said.
The Clark County Commission is expected discuss the issue at it’s next meeting on February 21st. Truman, who has met privately with some individual commissioners, refused to step down, even after Commissioner Steve Sisolak asked him to do so.
Commission Chris Giunchigliani was at the Wildlife Advisory Board meeting Tuesday night. She says she was disgusted by the video, and spoke of the need for more regulation in the trapping industry.
Truman also serves as Vice President of the Nevada Trappers Association. Animal pelts/fur, can sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars.