The use of elephants for entertainment purposes has been a growing controversial subject over the last couple of years with more and more people turning to the good side every day.
Thanks to laws changing to protect elephants in over 100 US cities and the increasing demand for animal welfare, just a couple of months ago iconic animal circus Ringling Brothers announced they will retire all their 18 elephants within three years. But Nosey still needs our help.
Nosey was caught in Zimbabwe and brought to the United States in 1984 when she was just 2 years old as part of a ‘rescue mission’ from a supposed government cull. Over 60 baby elephants were captured and Nosey was one of almost 40 baby elephant sold to zoos and circuses.
After being transferred to the Hollywood Animal Park for a couple of years, she was bought by the Liebel Family Circus in 1988 and has been forced to work for them doing tricks and giving rides and live in solitude since then.
The Liebel Family circus has been cited by the USDA over 200 times for animal-welfare violations, including chaining Nosey so tight that she could barely move and couldn’t lie down, denying her medical assistance and failing to provide adequate shelter.
PETA has been trying to free Nosey for over 10 years after a whistleblower said Nosey was being abused with bullhooks and electric prods back in 2004. After many undercover investigations showing Nosey in severe pain due to advanced arthritis and degenerative joint disease, the USDA is still refusing to help.
“Week after week after week, PETA has documented Hugo and Franciszka Liebel forcing Nosey the elephant to give rides and perform grueling tricks even though she is hobbled by pain and soreness. According to our veterinary consultant, who knows elephants inside and out, Nosey is showing signs of crippling arthritis, yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has refused to take her off the road,” PETA stated.
A USDA inspection last year gave the all clear despite months of footage by different organizations showing Nosey’s condition is in fact worsening and she is suffering from chronic pain.
PETA explained: “The USDA claims that a November 2014 vet visit cleared Nosey for all work, but that visit was fundamentally flawed. The veterinarians were given no credible information about Nosey’s history of lameness, and the USDA has actually admitted that it deliberately concealed the video footage of Nosey from them.”
Arrangements have already been made for Nosey’s retirement. She will be transported to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to live the rest of her days in peace, without chains and with other elephants to make her company after almost 30 years of abuse and loneliness. PETA has committed to cover all of Nosey’s bills.