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'True Blood' Star Fights To Free Captive Tiger In Louisiana

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Kristin Bauer may play a blood hungry vampiress on the hit show True Blood, but in real life she’s a vegan who is all about lending her support to protecting animal rights. Her latest cause has her teamed up with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to help free a Siberian-Bengal tiger.

Tony the tiger (not the cereal mascot), has been living at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for the past decade as a “tourist attraction.” The confinement is not only inhumane but also illegal, and this morning the ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“One of the big problems for me with zoos, circuses, and Tony, is that there are five or ten minutes when they are viewed, and someone is entertained— but the tiger has to live there his whole life, 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Bauer. “It’s incredibly, incredibly unfair. So it’s great to be able to bring more attention to it. I think these things only go on so long because they’re out of view.”

While the tiger lives in isolation, he is also subjected to the smell of fuel, exhaust, and the noise of diesel engines 24-hours a day.

Bauer ended by saying, “My character, the vampire Pam on True Blood, fends for herself just fine in her unlikely Louisiana home. But for one wild animal in particular, Louisiana is the last place on earth he belongs.”

You can watch a PSA Bauer recorded for the ALDF below!

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