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PETA Asks USDA to Seize Ailing Elephant From Owner Charged With for Animal Welfare Act Violations
For Immediate Release:February 20, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Davenport, Fla. -- PETA has filed a detailed complaint with
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supporting its request for the agency
to confiscate Nosey, an African elephant who is suffering from a severe,
chronic skin condition. Nosey's exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, is already facing
nearly three dozen formal charges for violations of the federal minimum
standards of the Animal Welfare Act, most of them relating to Nosey,
including repeatedly chaining her so tightly that she could barely move and
repeatedly denying her adequate veterinary care.
Despite these charges—and two decades of federal citations
for failing to treat Nosey's skin condition properly—Liebel is still not giving
her the care that she needs. According to a veterinarian with more than 30
years of experience caring for and treating elephants, photographs of Nosey
taken during elephant rides in Davenport earlier this month reveal that her
condition continues to deteriorate and that she is in pain and suffering as a
"Liebel brazenly flouts the law and puts animals and
the public at risk," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law
Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "The USDA must take decisive action to
seize Nosey and get her the treatment that she so desperately needs."
Also last week, records obtained by PETA reveal that Nosey
tested positive for tuberculosis antibodies last year—which can be an early
indicator of TB infection. This result is of particular concern given Liebel's
record of allowing unlawful, unsupervised, and dangerous contact between the
public and Nosey—and given that direct contact with a TB-positive elephant is
not necessary for transmission of the disease.
information, please visit PETA.org.
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