Hugo Liebel Permit Denied in Indian River County, Florida

Golden Ring Circus, which is usually animal-free, was allowing Hugo Liebel to give rides on Nosey the elephant outside its shows. Prior to one of these shows, scheduled in Florida in May 2017, PETA contacted county officials to advise them of Liebel’s extensive history of public-safety and animal-welfare violations. The county confirmed that it wouldn’t permit any elephants to appear at the show, giving Nosey a much-needed break.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind