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Nosey the elephant has been through it all. Not only is she a captive elephant, unable to live like she would in the wild, but she is a circus elephant. And not only is she a circus elephant, but she is stuck with truly one of the worst circuses in the world. Liebel’s Family Circus (also known as Liebeling Brothers Circus, The Great American Family Circus or Florida State Family Circus), run by Hugo Liebel, is a traveling show with more violations of the Animal Welfare Act than we know how to handle. The circus has been cited over 200 times for their poor treatment of Nosey and several primates.

Even after many warnings and fines, Liebel is still at it. He continues to torture the animals in his care. Nosey, for example, was “trained” using electric prods, bull hooks, shovels and even sledgehammers. There have even been occasions where circus attendees have witnessed Nosey being beaten. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Nosey suffers from advanced arthritis, degenerative joint disease and impaired limb function. With this condition, Liebel continues to force her to give rides to his customers.

Despite much pressure by animal rights activists, veterinarians and people from all walks of life who are calling for the USDA to reevaluate Nosey’s situation, the USDA has renewed her license for another year. Ugh!

What does this mean? This means that Nosey will experience more suffering as she will be forced to continue giving rides and perform circus tricks. Liebel and his circus will continue to exploit this poor, suffering elephant despite her growing list of medical concerns an obvious misery.

Liebel claims he “saved” Nosey when her parents were poached in Zimbabwe. Saving someone, however, typically doesn’t involve slavery and torture. To follow Nosey’s plight and help as much as possible, visit Action for Nosey Now’s page.

Image source: AaronSchock/Flickr

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Laurie Sklar
3 Years Ago

Thank you for helping get the word out for Nosey the elephant. It is so hard trying to get her story out in mainstream news and hopefully retired, to live in peace and tranquility. In this world with so many problems so many people just don\'t care enough. Thank you for helping Nosey.

21 Jan 2015

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Carolyn Peake
3 Years Ago

Thank you so much for your coverage of Nosey\'s situation. It is so important to get the information out and to get the public involved. The USDA is asleep at the wheel, as usual. Nosey deserves a comfortable retirement at a sanctuary where she can live out her life and not be subject to the whims and profit motive of humans.

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Janet McDonagh
3 Years Ago

Thank you for your up to date article on Nosey the elephant and her sad lifelong career as a circus performer. Nosey deserves to be retired to a sanctuary for her senior years.

Janet McDonagh
3 Years Ago

Thank you for your up to date article about Nosey the elephant and her sad career as a neglected and abused circus animal. Nosey deserves better than this in her senior years.

Pamela Fletcher Sturt
3 Years Ago

thank you so much for writing about nosey and or updating the story as well...

Claudia Lima
3 Years Ago

Thank you very much for talking about Nosey! That will help bring more awareness about her sad situation. Updates and more information about Nosey here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-for-Nosey-Now/549814465150851

3 Years Ago

Thank you for sharing Nosey\'s story. She needs all the help we can give her.

Sylvia Piche
3 Years Ago

Thanks you for your story on Nosey, She doesn\'t deserve the suffering she\'s going through. I don\'t understand why nothing\'s been done to help her. I hope your article helps.

Jan Burton
3 Years Ago

The eyes of the world are watching and waiting for Nosey\'s long awaited release. She has been used and abused for long enough and deserves to live out her days in a sanctuary. Please keep raising awareness, and thank you for raising awareness.


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