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Tony the Tiger stays put at Louisiana truck stop

Monday - 6/23/2014, 10:06am  ET

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2010 file photo, a bengal tiger rests in its cage while on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal's signed an exemptio to Louisiana law, Friday, June 20, 2014, that lets the tiger stay in his quarters at a Grosse Tete truck stop. Animal rights groups had pressured the governor to veto it, saying the environment was not good for the tiger. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis. File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET OUT; TV OUT; FOREIGN OUT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's governor has signed a law that the owners of a truck stop where Tony the Tiger lives think is grrrrrrr-eat!

Gov. Bobby Jindal's signature grants an exception to Louisiana law that lets the tiger stay in his quarters at a Grosse Tete (TATE) truck stop.

The bill becomes Act 697.

Animal rights groups had pressured the governor to veto it, saying the environment was not good for Tony. Truck stop owner Michael Sandlin asked Jindal to keep the tiger in the only home he's ever known.

The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Rick Ward III, a Republican from Maringouin, applauded the governor's decision Friday.

Sandlin told Nola.com/The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1qyxh49 ) that he was relieved the threat of Tony being taken away is gone.


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