Louisiana judge pulls permit for truck stop tiger
BATON ROUGE - A state judge in Baton Rouge has granted an animal rights group's petition to revoke the permit of a truck stop that has for more than a decade kept a live tiger on display.
State District Judge Mike Caldwell on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Caldwell says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries did not comply with its own rules in issuing the permit to Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete.
He also says the department cannot issue another permit that would let the business continue exhibiting the animal as a roadside attraction.
"The First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed him (Judge Caldwell) before in this case," said Steve LeBlanc, the attorney for Tiger Truck Stop owner Mike Sandlin, "and we're hoping the First Circuit will reverse him again."