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Lawsuit filed against truck stop tiger owner

1 year ago June 25, 2014 Jun 25, 2014 Wednesday, June 25 2014 Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:28:53 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte
Topics : Lawsuit Truck Stop Tiger

BATON ROUGE- A former state lawmaker and a national animal rights group have filed a lawsuit challenging a newly-passed law that lets a Grosse Tete gas station owner keep a tiger on site.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

It claims lawmakers and the governor violated the state constitution's ban on special laws granting exclusive privileges to a single person.

The new law exempts Michael Sandlin - owner of Tiger Truck Stop and a 550-pound Bengal tiger named Tony - from state restrictions on owning exotic cats.

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law last week.

Warren Triche, the former lawmaker who sponsored the 2006 law restricting ownership of exotic cats, is one of the plaintiffs on the lawsuit. He's getting legal support from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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