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Elephant Owner Charged With 33 Current Animal Welfare
For Immediate Release:February 25, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Tallahassee -- Holding signs that read, "Free Nosey the Elephant" and
"33 Violations of Animal Welfare Act," PETA members will hold a
spirited protest outside the North Florida Fairgrounds on Tuesday as the
UniverSoul Circus prepares for its opening show. PETA is also calling on the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, and Tallahassee Animal Control to seize Nosey, the elephant set to
appear in the show. According to recent veterinary reports, Nosey suffers from
an untreated skin condition. Her exhibitor faces almost three dozen charges for
violations of the Animal Welfare Act—mostly for abusing and neglecting Nosey.
Her handler uses a bullhook—a fireplace poker–like device that trainers use to
beat elephants and teach them "who's boss." Tallahassee law prohibits
using devices that force "an animal to perform by causing pain."
When: Tuesday, February 26, 6:15 p.m.
Where: North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russell Rd., Tallahassee
"Despite Nosey's years of
suffering, UniverSoul Circus has paid her owner, a man now facing 33 counts of
violating federal law for abusing her, to force her to perform tricks,"
says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna
Winders. "PETA is urging the authorities to step in and take this ailing
elephant off the road—and is telling families to stay far away from this
Last week, Suburgatory star
and Tallahassean Cheryl Hines appealed to the fairgrounds to cancel Nosey's
planned appearance. This week, hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons called
on UniverSoul to cancel its contract with Hugo Liebel.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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