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Liebel Circus Adds to Its Long History of Animal Abuse, Public Endangerment
For Immediate Release:October 2, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Noblesville, Ind. -- PETA has sent an urgent letter to Adjutant General of
Indiana, Major General R. Martin Umbarger asking him to follow
the lead of the Arkansas National Guard and cancel plans to host an
appearance by the Great American Family Circus (the most recent alias adopted
by the notorious Liebel Family Circus) or at the very least to make this year's
performances at the National Guard Armory in Noblesville the last. In its
letter, PETA points out that circus owner Hugo Liebel has an abysmal history of
violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Despite previously paying
nearly $3,000 to settle violations of this law, Liebel now faces 33 new
charges. The recent charges—which were filed by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) after a series of complaints lodged by PETA—include
violating the AWA by keeping an elephant, Nosey, chained so tightly by two legs
that she could barely move; by leaving an unattended monkey chained to a pony
for more than an hour; and by allowing unsupervised public contact with Nosey,
who attacked and sent a worker to the emergency room in 2004.
"No matter how many times he gets caught, Liebel
continues to thumb his nose at animal welfare and customer safety," says
PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
"If the National Guard Armory hosts this cruel outfit, it will be
virtually underwriting animal abuse and public endangerment."
Other serious charges cited by the USDA include violating
the AWA by failing to provide adequate veterinary care to Nosey, who has
suffered for years from a condition that leaves "thickened layers of dead
skin … with a dry, cracked appearance" on her legs, tail, back, sides, and
face, and by allowing a spider monkey to escape and, according to news reports,
not recovering him for nearly six weeks.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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