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Help Nosey! Urge the USDA to Revoke Cruel Elephant Exhibitor's License


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed the federal license allowing the infamous Hugo "Tommy" Liebel to exhibit the neglected elephant Nosey, and Nosey needs your help now. The agency has cited Liebel with nearly two hundred Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations, yet it renews Liebel's license year after year. Liebel's decades-long abuse and neglect of Nosey must end, and the USDA must revoke his license once and for all.

The USDA has cited Liebel again and again for mistreating Nosey by shackling her with short chains, denying her veterinary care, and failing to safely handle her. According to the affidavit of a former employee, a Liebel trainer once "used the [bullhook] handle, turned off the lights in the performance ring and beat the elephant" while she was "staked down by all four legs." He also attested that Nosey was routinely shocked with electric prods. Other animals have also suffered in Liebel's neglectful hands—the USDA has cited Liebel for keeping spider monkeys in "extremely dirty and soiled" enclosures, leaving a spider monkey tethered dangerously to a pony, and allowing the escape of a spider monkey who was not recaptured for six weeks.

In 2013, Liebel was ordered to pay a $7,500 penalty and to cease and desist from violating the law following nearly three dozen charges of violations of the AWA. Most of the charges related to Liebel's mistreatment of Nosey, including repeatedly chaining her so tightly that she could barely move and denying her necessary veterinary care. Enough is enough. Liebel has not demonstrated compliance with the AWA, and the USDA must not allow this to continue.

Please join PETA today in politely urging the USDA to revoke Liebel's exhibitor's license.


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