Help Nosey Escape Her Life Of Misery In The Circus

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Originally Posted: 13 July 2010

Help Nosey Escape Her Life Of Misery In The Circus

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)

Tell the USDA to do their job and remove this abused elephant from her tormenters and send her to sanctuary.

How much more “monitoring” will it take to persuade the USDA that this lengthy history of neglect and abuse will continue only as long as they allow it?

The USDA has a history of waiting until elephants are in dire condition before exercising their ability – we would say obligation - to confiscate them. The agency has stated that it intends to be more proactive in these situations. After the horrible histories of elephants like Delhi, Ned and Jewel, we need to hold them to that pledge.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Chester Gipson
Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal Plant and Inspection Service
USDA-APHIS-AC, Rm. 2D13
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Nosey is a 28-year-old elephant born in Zimbabwe who has endured a life of hardship and abuse. She has been forced to travel and perform with Hugo Liebel and the Florida State Family Circus since 1988. Despite the fact that elephants are highly social and require the company of other elephants, Nosey has been held alone for 22 years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) reports on Nosey document the horrific abuse and negligent treatment she has been subjected to for more than two decades. An affidavit submitted to the USDA describes one incident from 2004 in which Nosey was chained down by all four legs in a darkened performance ring and beaten by several workers using bullhook handles, shovel handles and sledge hammers. It further attests to the frequent use of electric shock to discipline her. The USDA has cited Liebel for sanitation deficiencies and unsafe conditions in Nosey’s barn, enclosure and trailer, and for training animals through food deprivation.

In 2004 Nosey attacked a circus worker, hitting him with her tusks and tossing him down a hill. This reportedly was not the first time that Nosey had injured or attempted to injure people, yet she continues to give rides to children. Liebel has repeatedly been cited for unsafe handling practices. In fact, he, his wife, and three children – all of whom take part in handling Nosey – make virtually no effort to ensure the public’s safety. (See: http://www.youtube.com/user/helpelephantsdotcom#p/a/u/2/nRxiOdOevLY )

Life under these abusive conditions has taken its toll on Nosey, and her medical needs are ignored. The USDA has repeatedly cited Liebel for failure to provide adequate veterinary care. For at least 13 years Nosey has suffered a skin condition caused or worsened by Liebel’s refusal to bathe or care for her appropriately. At recent appearances, she looked unhealthy and thin. The USDA noted in February that she appeared to be losing weight and called for an immediate assessment of Nosey’s feeding program to ensure she is being fed properly. In May, USDA inspectors took photographs to assist with monitoring her body condition.

Our question is: How much more “monitoring” will it take to persuade the USDA that this lengthy history of neglect and abuse will continue only as long as they allow it?

The USDA has a history of waiting until elephants are in dire condition before exercising their ability – we would say obligation - to confiscate them. The agency has stated that it intends to be more proactive in these situations. After the horrible histories of elephants like Delhi, Ned and Jewel, we need to hold them to that pledge.

1. Submit the form below to send a message to Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson. Urge him to confiscate Nosey now and send her to a sanctuary where, after a life of solitude and torment in the circus industry, she can get the specialized care she needs.

2. Help us track and monitor Nosey. Liebel frequently travels “under the radar.” Sometimes he will appear in a town with Nosey and set up their elephant and pony rides, and at other times he travels with a circus. Liebel may be calling himself Hugo or Tom, and he often uses a different last name (most recently “Bloom”); he changes Nosey’s name to Peanut or Tiny. If you hear about an elephant act or rides in your area please check it out. Photographs of the elephant and the people handling her would help us identify the elephant. Contact us at circuses@idausa.org


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