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Tell USDA: Act Now to Protect Elephant Nosey and the Public

August 2nd, 2013 by Nicole Meyer

Please Send a Message to the USDA Today

Help NoseyWe’ve told you about the elephant Nosey and the exhibitor Hugo Liebel for years. Facing 33 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), Liebel settled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this spring and agreed to pay a meager $7,500 fine and to refrain from violating the AWA. Liebel got away with a slap on the wrist, and he has resumed dragging Nosey around to festivals this summer, using her to give rides to the public. Despite the order to cease and desist from violating the AWA, IDA has documented a string of incidents in which Liebel continues to flagrantly violate federal law by repeatedly putting Nosey and the public at risk—the same violations that led to some of those 33 charges.

If this reckless handling continues, Nosey, or an innocent member of the public, could be seriously injured—or worse. IDA is urging the USDA to take immediate enforcement action against Liebel. Click here to help Nosey by sending your own message to the USDA.

14 Responses to “Tell USDA: Act Now to Protect Elephant Nosey and the Public”

  1. August 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm, Sheree said:

    Hugo is another run of the mill, money grubbing creep who is too stupid and lazy to earn a living any other way. IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT HE IS NOT BEING GOVERNED PROPERLY. In this case be strong enough and smart enough to say enough with this ugliness and hurt! On the spot, potential customers of his, should be filming, calling the police and providing other helpful ways to immediately protect Nosey, the elephant. Be a Whistle Blower. PUT YOUR CHILD’S FACE on any animal you see being hurt, IF THAT IS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING and step up and ACT NOW.

  2. August 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm, Kara Aragona said:

    Liebel has taken so much from her for so long… Now, USDA, please let her know a little of the kindness of this world. Give her dignity… compassion… a life to live. Hers is a terribly sad, hard, and lonely life. Please see her suffering. She needs to live in a safe place where she will know companionship with other elephants.

    Help her to finally know what humanity is.

  3. August 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm, Liz Campbell said:

    Help her, don’t let her suffer anymore.o

  4. August 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm, Liz Campbell said:

    I can’t attend the protest what else can I do it makes me sick to see elephants and tigers in circuses.

    Liz Campbell

  5. August 16, 2013 at 12:17 am, Lindsay Southcombe said:

    How this man is allowed to continue owning and abusing this poor elephant is beyond me and how the authorities can allow it is bordering on incompetence.

  6. August 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm, Kathleen Platten said:

    Nosey needs the companionship of other elephants.
    Sooner or later there is going to be a tragic accident because of the life she is living.

    Elephants will take a lot of abuse, and when they finally blow usually someone is killed. Lets put Nosey in retirement before this happens.

    She has done her part, now let her enjoy her final years with companions of her own choosing.

  7. August 08, 2013 at 2:44 am, Kim Rendigs said:

    USDA, please do your job and protect the abused elephant Nosey/Tiny and release her to the sanctuary, and prohibit the repeat offender Hugo Liebel from ever exhibiting elephants or any animals again. You have looked the other way for too long!

  8. August 07, 2013 at 4:22 pm, nancy zebracki said:

    I signed so many petitions in regard to protecting Nosey. His stubborn owner should just give the elephant to a sanctuary.

  9. August 07, 2013 at 2:28 pm, Laurie Lane said:

    To USDA:

    Liebel DOES belong in jail.
    USDA, you are failing in your responsibility by allowing this repeat-violator to have “Nosey.” Liebel should be given a substantial monetary penalty and should be permanently banned from EVER touching an animal.

    Get with it, USDA! We are going to fight until Nosey is allowed to live in peace at an elephant sanctuary!!!

  10. August 07, 2013 at 2:27 pm, Kim Martin said:

    Please release these precious angel. She has been tortured by this monster long enough. Why is the USDA dragging its feet. Their job is to protect and they have avoided this at all cost. Do your job stop the torture and free Nosey and let her live as an elephant should live.

  11. August 06, 2013 at 1:46 pm, Avery Champion said:

    Mr. Liebel belongs in jail, and this poor creature belongs in an Elephant Sanctuary, not out on the road, being abused by this monster! How many more times is Liebel going to be allowed to hurt Nosey before she’s taken to safety?

    Does some child have to be hurt too before you act responsibly? And then, will you blame and put down the elephant instead of putting her “owner” in jail?

    Just saying: you’re acting completely outside the law in allowing this abuse to continue!

  12. August 04, 2013 at 3:24 pm, Kate Kenner said:

    I don’t understand what the problem is with letting her go somewhere to live peacefully. She has worked hard all these years and now deserves to live her remaining years in peace. isn’t that what we all want? To continue this cruel using her like a commodity is sadistic and shows that neither the people forcing her to work or the USDA gives a hoot about her. She is a living, intelligent, and feeling animal who is unhealthy, lonely, and overworked. Please just let her have what we all ant in our last years-peace and comfort. Don’t be cruel to her-care about the quality of her life as you would want someone to care about yours.

  13. August 04, 2013 at 8:40 am, Martine Cuisenaire said:

    Please stop protect Nosey and the public, let her live FREE !!
    Thank you

  14. August 03, 2013 at 4:52 pm, Anita Clemmer said:

    Stop taking Nosey to festivals and let her live free!!