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Heartbreaking Footage of Nosey: The Saddest Elephant

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Posted January 27, 2015 by peta2 staff

Meet Nosey:

Nosey Ears Open

Nosey is an elephant who’s being held captive by a notorious exhibitor named Hugo Liebel. Liebel uses Nosey for rides and shows—forcing her to perform unnatural tricks so that he can make money. Liebel has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for nearly 200 animal-welfare violations.

Nosey, Bullhook, Money

Most of these USDA citations have been related to Liebel’s mistreatment of Nosey, including repeatedly chaining her so tightly that she could barely move and denying her necessary veterinary care.

Nosey Swaying

Constant chaining and the rigors of performing are known to result in arthritis in captive elephants, and these grueling conditions have taken their toll on Nosey.

Nosey Bullhook 2

Nosey is now showing signs of chronic pain. A veterinary expert has warned that she is likely suffering from arthritis—a medical condition that’s agonizing for captive elephants and can even be a death sentence for them.

Nosey Standing

Video footage shows Nosey limping and hobbling in pain as she’s forced to entertain crowds—either by giving them rides or performing unnatural and agonizing tricks.

Despite Nosey’s well-documented history of chronic pain, a recent (and very flawed) veterinary visit cleared Nosey for more exhibitions and rides. Here’s why: The USDA decided not to show the veterinarians who saw Nosey the video footage documenting her pain. Veterinarians apparently weren’t even made aware of Nosey’s medical history.

Children Ride Nosey

When Hugo Liebel isn’t hauling the ailing elephant around the country, he’s forcing her to give rides at seedy flea markets and fairs in Florida while he lies low for the winter.

Nosey Ears Open 2

Not only is Liebel’s handling of Nosey cruel, it’s also a danger to the people who pay to watch or ride her. Nosey has already attacked at least one person, who was sent to the hospital, and the USDA has cited Liebel again and again for endangering the public—yet his handling practices haven’t changed. Liebel continues to use a bullhook—a heavy, sharp weapon (imagine a fireplace poker) that’s known to trigger aggression in elephants—to strike Nosey in an attempt to control her.

Nosey Bullhook in Mouth

Nosey’s heartbreaking and disturbing story is hard to hear. Her misery and pain are obvious and well documented, yet the USDA still hasn’t confiscated her. Any elephant who’s forced into captivity and used for entertainment has a sad story to tell, but Nosey’s just might be one of the saddest.

Nosey Sad Trunk Curl

You can help: Take action for Nosey HERE.

 

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  • 79 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    She is still giving rides. She was just in Georgetown IL. We didnt know her story until it was to late. Owners left her here for days and just returned to get her after complaints, of no food , no water and other things. Our town is outraged!

  • 522 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Nosey has suffered to much and too long. She needs to know love NOW!!!!!!!!! Shame on the powers that be who could save her. This is an atrocity.

  • 660 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    3

    Please get her out of that HELL HOLE NOW!

  • 660 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    3

    this poor elephant she has a victory to be saved and yet they still move slow to sae her from still continuous exploitation what is wrong twith our system? why must this elephant still endure such loneliness pain torment get her gone sanction in that she can feel a freedom so dam deserving of authorities step up and help this animal from still a life of pain and hell!!!

  • 661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    6

    ManKIND? An oxymoron of sickening proportions

  • 661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    5

    Please, speak up for Nosey!!

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