Dec 29, 2009 3:56 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
GROSSE TETE, La. (AP) - The Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has
received a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries to keep Tony the tiger.
Maria Davidson, the department's large carnivore program
manager, told The Advocate the permit was needed after a 2006
legislative action gave regulatory authority over private ownership
of potentially dangerous animals, such as primates, wolves, bears
and big cats, to the agency.
Davidson said the legislation prohibited private ownership of
the animals, but allowed people who already owned the animals
before 2006 to be "grandfathered" as long as they went through a
permit process to keep their current animals.
The permit has been controversial with animal rights and welfare
activists and others who object to the tiger being kept at a truck
stop joining the debate.