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Tallahassee-Raised Actor Joins PETA in Calling Out Notorious Exhibitor Traveling With UniverSoul Circus
For Immediate Release:February 22, 2013
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Tallahassee, Fla. -- With the
UniverSoul Circus headed to Tallahassee next week, Suburgatory
star and Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines is turning her attention from
Hollywood to her roots in Tallahassee in order to urge the North Florida
Fairgrounds to follow the leads of other venues across the country and ensure
that the circus does not force Nosey the elephant—who suffers from a painful
skin condition—to perform in its shows. As Hines explains in her letter,
Nosey's exhibitor, Hugo
Liebel, faces nearly three
dozen formal charges for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, mostly
for abusing and neglecting Nosey, including by failing to provide her with
desperately needed veterinary care and appropriate shelter as well as chaining
her so tightly that she could barely move.
"I'm writing today on behalf of my friends at PETA—and
as someone who grew up in Tallahassee and has fond memories of the city—to urge
you to cancel plans to allow the UniverSoul Circus to exhibit a suffering
elephant named Nosey," writes Hines. "Very recent evidence shows that
Liebel continues to deny this elephant the care that she
so desperately needs. … UniverSoul can put on an excellent circus show without
exploiting a suffering, neglected elephant."
Hines joins a long list of celebrities—including Alec
Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sarah Silverman, Demi Moore,
and Wilmer Valderrama—who have teamed up with PETA to combat circuses
that use elephants.
Cheryl Hynes' letter to Mark Harvey, manager of the
North Florida Fairgrounds, is available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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