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Committee says truck stop owner should keep tiger

10 months ago Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:32:28 AM CDT May 28, 2014 Wednesday, May 28 2014 May 28, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A measure that would allow a Grosse Tete gas station owner to keep a tiger at his business is nearing final legislative passage.

The House Natural Resources Committee voted 10-6 Wednesday to approve the proposal by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward, who said he grew up seeing tigers at the gas station.

The bill would allow Michael Sandlin, owner of Tiger Truck Stop, to keep a 14-year-old Bengal tiger named Tony on site despite court rulings against him.

Critics say keeping Tony at a gas station threatens public safety and the tiger's well-being. Sandlin says Tony is happy and moving him would endanger his life.

The bill, which won narrow Senate approval, now heads to the full House for debate.

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