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Suffering Elephant Nosey Needs Your Help Today

June 28th, 2013 by Deborah Robinson

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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: lumberjackfest@hotmail.com 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!

184 Responses to “Suffering Elephant Nosey Needs Your Help Today”

  1. July 02, 2013 at 2:23 pm, Barbara said:

    This is a crime that this abuser is allowed to keep Nosey. I pray that Nosey will soon be happy to live out her life in a sanctuary.

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  2. July 01, 2013 at 9:35 am, texaswildbabe1 said:

    NOSEY SHOULD BE RESCUED AND SENT TO A SANCTUARY TO LIVE IT’S LIFE IN PEACE AND FREEDOM.

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  3. July 01, 2013 at 8:10 am, Betty Jean Herner said:

    Please free Nosey of her suffering

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  4. June 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm, Linda DeLong said:

    I emailed them, I pray they will cancel the rides. it’s way too hot for anything like that .poor baby.

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  5. June 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm, Kanona Martel said:

    Has anyone contacted
    the news media about this abuse?

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  6. June 29, 2013 at 11:50 am, Pat Bacon said:

    How come no rescue people are stepping in to save this Elephant? I am shocked.

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  7. June 29, 2013 at 7:54 am, DC said:

    I keep wondering why they would allow this man to be at their event. Didn’t they do a background check before hiring him? And, what on earth does an elephant have to do with lumberjacks? It sounds like the organizers were in a hurry to throw things together and make a profit by any means. Very irresponsible~shame on them! Email sent~DC

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  8. June 29, 2013 at 7:27 am, Stephanie said:

    ——>>>>>Please send a polite email today, in your own words, to: asking them to cancel elephant rides at the festival.

    This Is So Horrible Animals Where not Put On This Earth To Be Mistreated Or Abused!!They Where Created To LOVE… ALL OF THEM…..You Know Evil is the only Reason Why people Do These Thg’s I Will just Pray For this Sweet Elephant(Nosey) And TRUST GOD Will Help Her And take Care Of Her Believing&Trusting GOD Will PROTECT Her…..
    GOD BLESS You (NOSEY)

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  9. June 29, 2013 at 6:45 am, Elvine said:

    Please release Nosey to a sanctuary, to be free to roam and live life peacefully. Elephants are an endangered species. They are not to be used for profit. Please have it in your heart not to allow anyone to ride Nosey. She is sick, and she is suffering. She is an amazing creature and a great old soul. Please do not do this to her. I beg of you. It is not right and it is inhumane.

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  10. June 29, 2013 at 6:03 am, Laura Comer said:

    Please allow Nosey to live what’s left of her life in a sanctuary. This cruel and inhumane treatment is uncivilized and should not be tolerated. Thank you.

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  11. June 29, 2013 at 5:23 am, Becky said:

    Sent an email….hope it helps!

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  12. June 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm, johnelle leutsch said:

    omg— no!!!! this is horrific! why cant we make any progress with this??

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  13. June 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm, AERTamayo said:

    Please release Nosey to a sanctuary, to be free to roam and live life peacefully. Elephants are an endangered species. They are not to be used for profit. Please have it in your heart not to allow anyone to ride Nosey.

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  14. June 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm, John Roe said:

    This is soo sad , let’s pony up & do the right thing

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  15. June 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm, Patsy said:

    Sent Email…This Elephant is sick. What

    the Hell! She probable wishes she could just die and not have to be put through this when she is sick! I feel so bad and sad for her!.

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  16. June 28, 2013 at 11:34 am, Patricia Webster said:

    This is so wrong

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