Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



Elephants are beautiful, wonderfully dynamic creatures. The more we learn about these creatures, the more it becomes blaringly apparent that they should NEVER be used for the sake of human entertainment. Elephants kept in zoos or in the circus are deprived of being able to perform their natural behaviors, and as highly emotional and social beings, this causes incredible stress and pain to an elephant. Beyond this, elephants who are used for entertainment are trained to do so by way of a “breaking” process, involving isolation and physical abuse that causes the animal to lose all will to live or disobey their captors.

Most people who attend shows, or events that offer elephant rides do not realize that the animal that they are interacting with had to undergo a process of this nature. This is why the news of the suffering currently being endured by Nosey the elephant is even more heartbreaking.

Nosey the elephant is currently owned by Hugo “Tommy” Liebel – who has been in possession of the elephant since 1988. Liebel has a deep history of violating the Animal Welfare Act. According to PETA, Liebel has been cited for violations 200 times and was forced to pay fines for three dozen violations in the past year alone.

Help Free Nosey the Lame Elephant Being Forced to Perform at County FairKaren Ess

The Huffington Post reports that while under Liebel’s care, Nosey has been tortured by “electric shock, bull hooks, sledgehammers, shovels and starvation.” Additionally, “in 2004 she turned on her trainer in desperation, ramming and tossing him, and causing head injuries that required stitches.”

In an effort to escape the reputation that comes with these incidents, Liebel changes Nosey’s name for each performance – she will often perform under the names “Dumbo” or “Tiny.”

Help Free Nosey the Lame Elephant Being Forced to Perform at County FairKaren Ess

To make matters worse, Nosey has developed severe arthritis and is still being forced to carry paying customers on her back. PETA has video footage of this poor elephant limping, unable to bend her back left leg, the elephant compensates by balancing on her three other legs, swinging her lame leg around to follow.

Help Free Nosey the Lame Elephant Being Forced to Perform at County FairKaren Ess

According to PETA, “A board-certified zoo veterinarian with decades of experience with elephants recently characterized Nosey’s case as ‘the worst, most prolonged, documented example of an uncorrected case of suffering and abuse in an elephant I have ever reviewed.'”

And yet, Liebel has scheduled Nosey to appear at the Williams County Fair in early September, despite countless protest and opposition.

It is shockingly obvious that Liebel should not be allowed to care for this animal – or any other living creature for that matter – and only sees her as a source of profit. Continuing to force a lame elephant to work and carry heavy customers is not only in direct violation of the Animal Welfare Act, but it is absolutely despicable.

Liebel has tried his hardest to cover his tracks, but it is time that this elephant abuser is taken down! You can speak out for Nosey by joining PETA in calling the USDA to confiscate Nosey from Liebel’s care. You can also participate in organized protests and other calls to action by following Action for Nosey on Facebook.

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Do You Buy ‘Faux Fur’ Products? Here’s Something You Need to Consider

Popular Vegan Sushi Chain to Be Featured on Shark Tank!

This Little Lamb Couldn’t Stand at Birth, But Thanks to Rescuers (and 2 Tiny Casts) She’s on Her Way to Running!

Vegan Meats From No Evil Foods Are Now Available in 250 Walmart Stores!

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

0 comments on “Help Free Nosey the Lame Elephant Being Forced to Perform”

Click to add comment
Cindy Neumann
2 Years Ago

BLAME THE USDA!! With all of these violations, they just keep rubber stamping the permit to allow this to keep happening!!

Dianne Turner
4 Years Ago

It\'s sad enough that animals are made to \'perform\' purely for our \'entertainment\' and owners to make money from their misery and suffering; but knowing the animal (in this case Nosey the elephant) is forced to\'perform\' whilst in pain is absolutely deplorable and clearly shows how low we humans have sunk! Nosey is being exploited to the extreme when made to carry custiomers while suffering severe arthritis, the veterinarian labelling Nosey\' treatment as most prolonged and extreme case of animal abuse he has witnessed! IT IS TIME THE OWNER WAS FORCED (BY LAW) TO SURRENDER NOSEY FOR REMOVAL TO A SANCTUARY WHERE SHE CAN RECEIVE THE TREATMENT SHE SO DESPERATELY NEEDS AND FINALLY ALLOWED TO LIVE HER REMAINING YEARS AS SHE SHOULD HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ALLOWED- FREE!

Lynn Wolf
4 Years Ago

It is so rewarding to see your article about Nosey. I have been obsessed with this particular elephant for a long time. I was so glad to see the Action for Nosey facebook action. We all tweeted up a storm on this last Wednesday. As far as I know, PETA has a hearing on Sept. 29 with the USDA. I ask that anyone reading this go to the facebook page. The more people involved the better. Thanks.

joan adams
18 Sep 2014

please ask the proper authorities to release this animal and get the care she needs..she should not be forced to perform especially in PAIN..dear god let her out to a sanctuary........it is a small thing... this man does not need this poor animal to pay his debts...I am sure it is not done with love //.........

4 Years Ago

This excruciatingly sad story is unfortunately not the only or even the worst case of abuse. However, it begs the obvious question. After being cited for violations over 200 times why has the poor creature not been removed from the very person responsible for its maltreatment? Why is the USDA not doing its job, seemingly oblivious to or refusing to enforce the Animal Welfare Act? I just don\'t get it. Can someone please explain how this is possible, even in our corrupt political system.

Stephanie Christman
13 Sep 2014

I am astounded at how The Leibel"s claim Nosey to be their loved and adored animal. Are you kidding people who love there animals don\'t torture them with electric shock, bull hooks, sledgehammers. As if exploiting your animal is not disgusting enough. I hope and pray for Nosey\'s Freedom quickly. I would like to think we have evolved much further then we have in regards to animal abuse , expoitation and torture, clearly that is not the case

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×