Yet while Nasser told The Dodo that two sanctuaries vetted and approved by the ALDF have already committed to taking in the tigers should Landry's give them up, Scheinthal said that, if Landry's decides to rehome the tigers, it would not send them to the sanctuaries lined up by the ALDF, but a new home of the aquarium's own choosing.
It's unclear what those sanctuaries would be.
For now, the fate and future of the four white tigers, who have never known a life spent in a natural habitat, hang in the balance. But there is hope that after 12 years, the right thing will finally be done for them - because 12 years is far too long for any animal to live such a confined life behind glass and bars.
"In this post-Blackfish era, an enlightening public is turning away from the notion that displaying animals for purely entertainment reasons, and without any regard to their complex species-specific needs, is ever appropriate," Nasser said.