Subject: Please Cancel Appearances of Abused Elephant
Letter: I was appalled to learn that UniverSoul has been
using Nosey—an elephant who has been abused and neglected by Hugo Liebel for
more than two decades—in its performances this year.
Liebel currently faces almost three dozen formal charges for violations of the
Animal Welfare Act, most of them related to Nosey. These violations include
repeatedly chaining Nosey so tightly that she could barely move, repeatedly
denying her necessary veterinary care, and allowing dangerous, unsupervised
public contact with her.
Surely you do not want to affiliate yourself with cruelty to animals or with
such extensive violations of federal law. Please make the compassionate and
prudent decision to cancel any of Nosey's scheduled appearances immediately and
pledge never to use her again.