Campaign Video by Tony The Tiger
The Shorty Interview with Tony The Tiger
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
I don't really have a professional life per se, I live in a cage at a truck stop.
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Well I met the love of my life on Twitter, the beautiful, sweet, amazing and extremely smart #LucyLiberte - #ILOVELUCY
How will the world change in the next year?
I hope it will be a more compassionate world for animals.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Why is there a tiger being allowed to be kept illegally at a truck stop in Louisiana?View Tony The Tiger's complete Shorty Interview
Learn More about Tony The Tiger
I'm a 13 year old tiger used as a roadside attraction at a truck stop in Louisiana. Despite court rulings prohibiting the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing any further permits, I continue to be kept at the truck stop without a permit due to appeals and a lawsuit my owner has against the state. I'm just one of the estimated 5,000 plus tigers privately owned in the United States who outnumber tigers left in the wild - est. at 3,200. Sadly we’re used and exploited in roadside zoos, circuses, photo and feeding ops, pay-for-play schemes and kept as "pets.”
How do you or your organization use social media? What makes your use unique?
Animals need a voice and I found mine by tweeting. People not only learn about me, but about the serious problem of captive tigers and big cats in the U.S. I tweet ways you can help us by signing petitions, supporting legislation like the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act which seeks to end private ownerships of tigers and big cats in the U.S. You can help support this bill by asking your reps to co-sponsor it. Learn more here: https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond I also tweet for a very special lady named @LucyLiberte. She's an amazing Asian elephant who lives alone in Edmonton Canada. Lucy was taken as a baby from her family in 1977 and put in a cold zoo. People are trying to have Lucy moved to an elephant sanctuary. Social media helps network our stories to all over the world and builds stronger support and awareness for us.