Olivia Munn has long been a friend to elephants:
So when she learned about Nosey, a 32-year-old elephant who is forced to perform even though she is suffering from lameness and is clearly in pain, Olivia wanted to help. She wrote a strong letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, seize Nosey from her abusive exhibitor Hugo Liebel, and retire her to a sanctuary. In her letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Olivia wrote:
“Elephants were never meant to be locked inside cramped trailers, kept in chains, or forced to walk in endless circles carrying riders on their backs. This has been Nosey’s life, and it has taken a toll on her body. Elephants live about as long as we do, but at just 32 years old, Nosey is showing signs of crippling arthritis, which is one of the main reasons why captive elephants are euthanized.
The USDA has the power to make sure that this condition is not a death sentence for Nosey. If she is placed in a reputable sanctuary, where she would have acres of soft earth on which to roam free, pools to wade in to ease the pain in her joints, and access to expert veterinary care, Nosey could have many happy years ahead.
But I understand that in a recent meeting with PETA representatives, your agency was ignorant of Nosey’s condition and refused to commit to enforcing the Animal Welfare Act in her behalf. Nosey is suffering on your watch. With all the evidence that you have—video footage, appeals from a veterinarian with decades of experience with elephants, and the knowledge that joint problems can be fatal in elephants—it’s time to act. The USDA’s own records show that Nosey has been exploited, mistreated, and neglected her entire life. It’s time to step up and do the right thing for this animal by revoking Liebel’s license, seizing Nosey, and sending her to a sanctuary.
Her life depends on it.”
Indeed, Nosey’s life―and her chance at ever knowing freedom―is in the USDA’s hands. Join Olivia and PETA and urge the USDA to free Nosey today.