Thank you for your thoughtful editorial about doing what’s right for animals. Lawrence County officials are to be commended for doing just that when they recognized Nosey’s suffering and took action.
Hugo Liebel was ordered to pay a $7,500 penalty following nearly three dozen charges of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Most of the charges related to Liebel’s mistreatment of Nosey, including for chaining her so tightly that she could barely move, denying her adequate veterinary care, and endangering the public.
Arthritis and foot problems are the leading reasons why captive elephants are euthanized. Shackling Nosey in chains, forcing her to stand on concrete or in her own waste, and making her perform physically challenging circus tricks are exactly the kind of conditions known to cause arthritis, and she’s been showing signs of the disease for years.
For the first time in decades, Nosey is enjoying being an elephant at The Elephant Sanctuary. To send her back to her abuser would be a betrayal of the highest order.