In the documentary film “An Apology to Elephants” Lily Tomlin makes mention of an elephant named Nosey. These are her words.
Lily Tomlin: “This is Nosey. She was born in Zimbabwe in 1982. She was captured as a baby after a culling that killed all of her family and left her orphaned. She along with 62 other orphans were brought* to the U.S. and sold to circuses and zoos. Nosey was sold to a small circus in Florida. Of that original group Nosey is the only elephant still performing.”
*While this “rescue” may have started with good intentions, and the 20/20 segment “The Flying Elephants” (1984) may have focused particularly on the heartwarming moments (except for the bullhook wielding men scuttling their charges, the baby elephants, up the ramp and onto the 707 plane) only time could begin to uncover the great tragedies that would become these elephants’ lives.
Nosey is one of those tragedies, still. Arthritic and obviously ailing Nosey is currently being peddled around Florida flea markets for the Liebling Bros. Family Circus as the feature attraction for their decidedly unpopular (the public opinion of elephant & animal rights activists in this 21st century) “feed the elephant” and “ride the elephant” sideshow.
This innocent African elephant needs our help now. Sangita Iyer’s (who is the Director and Producer for the upcoming Film “ Gods in Shackles “ ) article has alerted us to a detailed report by Dr. Phillip Ensley (please examine this) which shows us every instance of Nosey’s failing health.
Nosey has been a captive performing elephant all of her life. (She had only 2 years in Africa to live as an elephant.) This elephant has, since 1988 when she was purchased, been the bread and butter of a man by the name of Hugo (aka Tommy) Liebel who operates The Liebel Family Circus.
This circus and this man, reports Sangita Iyar for The Huffington Post Canada, have been fined for numerous violations (since 1993) for cruelty and neglect issues involving animals including (and especially) our elephant Nosey.
PETA has compiled a document factsheet as they have painstakingly campaigned for our elephant Nosey for many years. The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to turn their backs on Nosey despite pleas from numerous groups that have banded for the sole purpose to rescue this innocent African elephant.
It is time to end Nosey’s suffering. Help Rescue Nosey Now.
Groups to Contact:
Action For Nosey Now on facebook
Nosey The Elephant Needs Our Help on facebook
#nosey on Twitter
Barbara Lovett Twitter “Proud Supporter of the Voiceless!” has recent updates on Nosey being subjected to giving rides at Florida Flea Markets
What Can We Do To Rescue Nosey Now
Visit the sites listed above. The email & video campaigns are listed below:
Peta2 Free For All Take Action site “Urge Congress To Take Action For Nosey”
An Elephant Story – Nosey the Elephant YouTube Video and instructions on how to send an email (letter), in Nosey’s behalf, to the USDA
Click here for YouTube vintage video segment of 20/20 on ABC “The Flying Elephants“**
**Now one would think this rescue of 63 elephants in 1984 by Arthur Jones (of the Nautilus Fitness Equipment fame) was truly for elephant conservation efforts as one was lead to believe in the video segment coming from millionaire Mr. Jones himself (hear his words on the YouTube video).
However when those baby elephants were ultimately sold into lives of trauma and abuse (circus & performing elephants were/are trained by humans using cruel methods & using bullhooks) and never allowed to just be elephants again, then Mr. Jones’s words just turned into empty promises. Also remember that Nosey is the only elephant of all of those 63 baby elephants in the video still performing to this day and look at the life she has led, the suffering she has endured and still endures today.
photos credit: PETA