June 28th, 2013 by Deborah Robinson
Long-suffering elephant Nosey will be forced to give rides at the Wolverine, Michigan “Lumberjack Festival” this weekend, June 28-30, 2013.
IDA, upon learning about this plan, immediately informed the festival board of exhibitor Hugo Liebel’s decades of documented abuse and neglect of Nosey, who he’s now calling Tiny. But the board still plans to have Nosey give rides at their festival.
More than a year ago the USDA filed a complaint against Liebel claiming over 30 welfare violations for which Liebel had repeatedly been cited between 2007 and 2011. These included failure to provide adequate veterinary care as well as safe handling violations that put Nosey and the public at risk. The charges were settled in March, and Liebel was fined.
In April, Nosey was barred from entering Maine because a TB blood test showed that she carries the antibodies for the disease, and because Liebel had reportedly failed to do required follow-up testing.
And now the Wolverine Lumberjack Festival is giving Liebel yet another chance to profit from his appalling treatment of Nosey. Nosey is constantly chained except when giving rides or performing unnatural tricks. Her terrible skin condition persists. Liebel’s mishandling presents a constant danger to Nosey and to the public.
IDA and our members have worked tirelessly on behalf of Nosey for years, and she needs your help again.
This festival should not support an exhibitor with such a history of contempt for Nosey’s welfare or for laws intended to protect people and animals.
Please send a polite email today, in your own words, to: firstname.lastname@example.org asking them to cancel elephant rides at the festival.
And take a minute to post a polite comment on the festival’s Facebook page, too!
As always, thank you for all you do for the elephants!