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Notorious Circus Exhibitor Faces Dozens of Charges for Animal Welfare Act Violations—Group Will Protest at Raymond James Stadium
For Immediate Release:February 20, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Tampa, Fla. -- PETA is using its popular website to ask
visitors to urge Eric Hart, president and CEO of the Tampa Sports Authority, to
cancel performances by an ailing elephant named Nosey that are scheduled to
begin Friday at Raymond James Stadium as part of the UniverSoul Circus. Nosey's
exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, faces almost three dozen charges for violations of the
Animal Welfare Act, most of them relating to Nosey, including chaining her so
tightly that she could barely move and repeatedly denying her adequate
veterinary care for a skin condition. Liebel is set to face these charges at a
hearing in Tampa next month. In the meantime, PETA members will be on hand for
a spirited protest at the stadium.
When: Friday, February 22, 6:15 p.m.
Where: Raymond James Stadium parking lot, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
"If the Tampa Sports Authority hosts this cruel outfit,
it will virtually be endorsing animal abuse," says PETA Foundation
Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "This poor
elephant should not be used and abused but confiscated and allowed to
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been citing
Liebel for failing to treat Nosey's skin condition properly for two decades.
According to a veterinarian with more than 30 years of experience caring for
and treating elephants, recent photographs of Nosey reveal that her condition
continues to deteriorate and that she is suffering as a result. PETA has just
submitted a complaint to the USDA today asking that the agency confiscate her.
The USDA described Nosey's condition as "thickened layers of dead
skin" with a "dry, cracked appearance" on her legs, tail, back,
sides, and face. Also, records just obtained by PETA reveal that Nosey tested
positive for tuberculosis (TB) antibodies in January 2012. This result can be
an early indicator of TB infection, which is highly transmissible to humans.
Liebel's other violations include allowing unsupervised public contact with
Nosey, who previously attacked a worker, who then had to be rushed to an
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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