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July 4th is a day when we celebrate our nation’s independence ~ in essence our freedom ~ in contrast it’s a fitting day (albeit disheartening) to also mark Tony’s 14 years at the truck stop – exploited as a roadside attraction.
According to the sign posted on Tony’s cage, he was born in July 2000 – this month marking his 14th year. It is reported that Tony was acquired by Michael Sandlin as a 6 month old cub from a Texas breeder.
Tony’s saga has been a roller-coaster series of events including:
ALDF’s court victories:
Judge Caldwell granting a permanent injunction blocking LDWF from issuing a new permit to him, and ordering the current permit revoked
The Louisiana Court of Appeal upholding the lower court’s rulings
The Louisiana Supreme Court denying a petition to review the Louisiana Court of Appeal’s ruling
And the shameful SB 250:
After exhausting all…
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This Francolin (Francolinus ochropectus) occupies two small areas in Djibouti in the horn of Africa. It prefers dense African juniper habitat near the coast of the Gulf of Tadjora in the southern Sea of Aden. Formerly abundant, the Francolin numbers were first reduced by hunting, and then more recently by destruction of the juniper woodland by livestock grazing and fuel-wood gathering. Climate change appears to be involved too.
The Francolin is surviving in the dying juniper woodland and in less suitable neighboring vegetation. Please sign the petition to the Djiboutian Prime Minister to extend protections back over the Forêt du Day and establish captive breeding programs for the Francolin before this rare species disappears forever.
The members of the 2014 interlocal agreement to kill…
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Julia Styles was kidnapped as a toddler. Although her basic needs were met, her life was lonely and sad. She was kept locked in a tiny room and wasn’t allowed to do the normal things kids do like make friends, play outside or go to school.
Once Julia reached puberty, her life got worse. She was raped and got pregnant. When she had her baby, she felt immeasurable love for him. For two days she cared for her baby, but then her captors took him away from her. Despite her plea’s, Julia never saw her son again.
Not long after this, Julia was raped again. She had a second child who was also taken from her. Then within months, she was raped yet again. This happened many more times causing immense physical and emotional strain on Julia.
By the time she was 28, Julia looked like an old woman. The physical trauma of her poor…
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