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Please, USDA, Bring Charges Against Ned’s Abuser

Written by PETA | November 13, 2008
Photo: Elephant Sanctuary

I have some good news, and I have some bad news.

First, the bad news: Ned, an elephant confiscated from a Florida-based circus trainer, almost starved to death—he weighs a ton less than he should. That’s right, a ton. Carol Buckley, the founder and director of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, has rated his health a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 and described him as a “bag of bones”—a sadly accurate description, as you can see in this photo. Ask yourself how long it must have taken for him to shrink away to that degree.

But there’s good news—Ned has been confiscated from that trainer by the USDA and brought to the Elephant Sanctuary! He’s being housed temporarily in a private facility, but will move to a permanent home once he regains his strength. Carol says he’s starting to eat vegetables such as pumpkins, broccoli, and corn—a much more nutritious diet than the one he received in the so-called “care” of Ned’s former trainer, which likely consisted of little more than hay. Hopes are high for Ned; Carol says he has the potential to live to be 70.

But, more bad news: The trainer who is responsible for Ned’s condition is still licensed to work with animals! And this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of him. We asked for an investigation into Lance Ramos in 2007 when whistleblowers contacted PETA about two tigers who allegedly died after being unnecessarily anesthetized for microchipping. (Ramos was training them for the hideous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, by the way.)

In fact, Kollmann’s history of problems goes back at least to 2000, when he was initially denied a permit because of the violations he had committed under his father’s USDA license. We believe that Kollmann’s abuse of Ned should be the last straw for the USDA—it’s time for Kollmann’s license to be revoked permanently.

In our letter to the USDA—which can be read here—we ask that Kollmann’s license be permanently revoked and that criminal charges be brought against him. Ned’s face says it all—Kollmann should not be entrusted with the care of any animal.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Cinthia Mos says:

    Former owner Lance Ramos said the animal was a picky eater and a necropsy showed ulcers in Neds internal organs. This person should be ashamed of himself! Ned did not receive the appropriate care and I blamed Neds digestive problems on the stress of circus life. STOP RAMOS WORKING WITH ANIMALS!

  • Cindy Kelly says:

    This photo made me burst into tears. I believe the true test of our being is How we treat animals that we make dependant on us to care for them. I would be honored to be able to care for animals at a sanctuary unfortuately I work full time to pay bills. Money is such a driving force and I am ashamed!

  • Temmy says:

    It’s beyond belief how someone could see an animal become skeletal in front of their eyes and not give a toss. Suppose it’s the same kind of person that would have an elephant for a circus anyway. The time for circuses is long gone. We look back on the bearbaiting days of the Elizabethan era as horrific. Hopefully one day we’ll do the same one day for circuses.

  • sandra says:

    kollmann needs his licence revoked thank god they have rescued ned he deserves some love and attention now this man should be starved for a few years see how he likes it.

  • Roeloffzen says:

    Is Ned the only one????? SHUT DOWN ALL CIRCUSES and other forms of this animal entertainment!!!! Forbid the selling and breeding of all animals. Especially in the privat sectorwhere it is much more difficult to indicate. We still have a long way to go.

  • Paula Kobylarczyk says:

    I thank USDA and PETA for helping Ned find his hope in the elephant santuary. I can only pray that Ramos his trainerowner will eventually have to pay the consequences for his ignorance in feeding and taking care of animals. I made a donation to the elephant sanctuary in the name of Ned. I hope others will also donate because these animals need alot of feed shelter and heat for the winter. God Bless!

  • Dave and Rita Cross says:

    Kollman deserves to be charged and prosecuted for his cruely to animals! He must never have the privilege of working with animals ever again!

  • kathleen says:

    I love elephants! I can not believe Ned’s old trainer can still live and breath on this planet! His punishment should be a tiny jail cell with no fresh air stale. He should only eat hay! He should be wiped daily and made to feel rejected by those who care for him. I can see justice for my friend Ned!

  • Barbara says:

    This is such a sad story. I can’t believe that any one else that worked there would not have contacted PETA sooner for this! I am glad he is under good care now and I pray he does survive. Elephants are one of the smartest animals there are in the animal kingdom. You can teach them to paint draw. I worked with a man that used to train elephants not for circus use or anything and he said they are much easier to train than horses are.

  • hannele kuosmanen says:

    its dicusting how the humans treat the isnt a day who goes bye without some kind of news of more abuse…im so sad about the world and the animals that live on it

  • Marie says:

    What can we do to get him arrested? I want this man to pay for his crimes. He should not be free. Huge hug and kiss for Ned. He’s in a fantastic place!

  • Gerry Benedetto says:

    The abusers should be given the same beatings as they inflict on the animals as their punishment.

  • VANNA ROCHA says:

    NED you are so beautiful ! I am so happy you are going to be loved and have a happy life thanks to the people the angels that help you to have a better life ! YOU WILL BE HAPPY ! This cruelty to animals must stop ! Like him so many are in need of ouer voice and ouer love ! No more cruelty with animals ! No more circus with animals ! No more rodeos !

  • LYNDA WALKER says:

    Why do we still need a circus to visit and see these lovely creatures? Why not visit them at these sancuary’s and make donations to them for their care? Why are these animal abusers still out there? Why are they not imprisoned for what they have done? This is for NED…ENJOY THIS LIFE YOU HAVE CERTAINLY EARNED IT!!!!

  • Judy says:

    I had heard about Ned’s plight somewhere back and was appalled about his condition at that time. I’m so happy that he has a happy future. I’m familiar with the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and they do a marvelous job in caring for the elephants that have been rescued. Poor baby Ned. Your future will be so much better for you now. God is watching over you and we will be too.

  • Dawn says:

    I love you Ned! Hope your new life will be filled with love happiness and food. God bless you beautiful elephant! Hope your old “care taker” has a life as miserable and sad as he made yours. Happy new life my friend!

  • Marilyn Bernard says:

    this is BS how would you feel about neing treated like that

  • vegancoin says:

    That poor elephant at least he’s being cared for and is surrounded by people whom really love him and care for him. That’s a good thing. Animal cruelty is never right and here is a leading example.

  • De LaFreniere says:

    Poor Guy these people responsible need jail terms!!! I am disgusted that people treat animals this way look how thin the poor thing is!!!

  • Ethel G says:

    I’ve never been to a circus but I don’t care about them anymore because of the way the animals are being treated the elephants in particular. Ever since poor “Topsie” and God knows how many others they’ve been mistreated by their handlersthen people have the nerve to be surprised when the animals go crazy and kill somebody.

  • Sophiya says:

    That is such a sad story but at least now Ned is happy. But seriously a ton! Kollmann should have been arrested a long time ago.

  • Anna says:

    What a sad story. I hope the elephant will recover soon and be in the best health.

  • drew says:

    Barbarianism! It is still with us. Circuses rodeos all these cruel abuses for entertainment are despicable. What does it say to people in our society for this stuff to be allowed go on as if it is fine? We have part of society saying that animal cruelty is wrong and then we have a large majority teaching that it is a good thing just call it something else or put it in a certain place or just do it to x species just not y species well no this is a message opposed to itself. If animal cruelty is not ok then it is not ok no matter how much it may be tradition or entertainment. If abusing another being is wrong then it is wrong! You don’t say no abusing them is wrong oh but unless we put it over here and call it this or something convenient for cruel desires. No. Of course a majority of people are fine with saying yes animal cruelty is good fun let’s have more but those people testify against themselves for they would not want that cruelty done to them and thus they are their own accusers. Pray for the animals at circuses and at each place and keep working to ban this evil abuse!

  • susan says:

    I send a letter every year to my local newspaper about elephant abuse every time the circus comes to town. But alas they never print it! More attention needs to be brought to this. Elephants are very intelligent animals and I am heartsick when I hear these stories.

  • Jo ann says:

    Why do we still have circuses that use these animals? What can we do to stop this? Elephants are smart beautiful animal that do connect with their own like we do with families. Please lets stop this and this man should be arrested and if i could treat him in the same way he deserves to be punished

  • bbr says:

    It’s kinda sad to see that regular ‘ol joe schmoe owners on Animal Cops get taken to court and get fined for not caring for their pets properly BUT this man is allowed to starve an elephant and let 2 tigers die and he faces no punishment? How dumb is this world anyway? Most the people on Animal Cops turn their pets over when it gets to be a burden for them or they are in trouble with the law for not keeping up with their pets health etc. It’s too bad that this person is allowed to continue working with animals anyway. One would think that he obviously isn’t capable of caring for “wild” animals. But then again that would take someone having enough common sense to see that and well common sense just isn’t that common. Would we let a child molestor get a job at day care? Not hardly. So what’s different about this situation? However it is nice to see that the elephant is now being cared for properly and by someone who obviously loves animals. At least some good has come out of this story.

  • Amanda says:

    OMG look at those lil ears on him his skeletal body makes me cry but he’s safe now.WE LOVE YOU NED !!!!!!!

  • SASHA says:

    I hope one day animals will not be used as entertainment for humans. Please keep us posted on the elephant’s condition. I want to see an happy ending for this beautiful elephant.

  • NT says:

    This is disgusting! Ned should have been confiscated a long time ago and that circus or whatever freakshow it was shut down for good.