After years of living in chains and being trucked around the country and forced to give rides, Nosey the elephant will finally be in caring hands. When the Lawrence County District Court in Alabama issued a seizure order on her behalf, Nosey was tightly chained, confined in her own waste, and without proper shelter—conditions all too familiar to the elephant and the thousands of PETA supporters who have been trying to end her abuse for years.

PETA thanks local authorities for seizing Nosey, the court for its decision to allow the transfer of the long-suffering elephant into caring hands, and the 1.8 million people who have taken action to help her since 2012. Nosey is currently at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee for care until a later hearing can be held. PETA pledges to continue working on her behalf until she’s settled in a permanent spacious sanctuary home.

Notorious exhibitor Hugo Liebel used Nosey for rides and shows and forced her to perform meaningless tricks, even though she was showing obvious signs of chronic pain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Liebel for nearly 200 animal-welfare violations.

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

We won’t back down until we—and, more importantly, other elephants like Nosey—have won! Help us spread the word. Never attend any event that uses elephants for entertainment, and if you ever see an animal being mistreated or who appears to be in distress, contact us.

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