Save Nosey Now!Advocating for the retirement of Nosey the elephant and all other captive elephants to sanctuary.
Nosey has been held alone for nearly three decades, forced into a solitary life that goes against the highly social nature of her species.
Much of Nosey’s life is spent confined in an inappropriate trailer, crated from one venue to the next with little relief or exercise.
Nosey shows signs of excessive use of chains in calloused skin and scarring on the lower legs. This practice limits her abilities to properly exercise her joints. It also indicates lack of attention on the part of her owner.
The “free contact” management practiced by her owner requires constant use of the bullhook. Such practices are considered outdated and abusive by many experts in elephant management.
Nosey has been seen exhibiting stiffness in her joints, indicating arthritis that was likely brought on by her confined lifestyle.
Forced to Give Rides[ What’s wrong with rides? ] Despite her obvious health ailments, Nosey is forced to give rides to adults and children in between performances. This is painful for her and risky for the public.
Forced to Perform
Much of Nosey’s life has been spent performing in circuses across the United States. On top of elephant rides and confined living spaces, this can cause further stress to her health and psychological well-being.
In addition to the constant threat of the bullhook, Nosey has suffered physical abuse at the hands of her owners, witnessed and cited over the years by citizens and authorities alike.
Nosey’s diet is questionable. In one documented case, a citizen was told that Nosey was given soda rather than water—because she preferred it more.
Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
Nosey is exposed to extreme temperatures while on the road, traveling and performing through locations such as Texas during the summer months and upstate New York in early spring.
Nosey Deserves Retirement to a Real Elephant Sanctuary!"I Wanna Be Free, I'm Nosey" was composed and recorded specifically for Save Nosey Now, by noted musician and animal activist, Harry Hmura. Please listen and share this poignant plea for Nosey's freedom!
Ways You Can Help
Call the following authorities and let them know how unconscionable it is that they allow Nosey to continue to suffer.
1) Kevin Shea | USDA Deputy Administrator: 202-799-7000
2) Bernadette Juarez | APHIS Deputy Acting Admin: 301-851-3751
3) Phyllis Fong | USDA Inspector General: 202-720-8001
4) Kara Hooker | Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC): 850-488-6253
5) Loren Lowers | FWC: 850-717-2101 or 850-252-1390
6) Mark Warren | FWC: 850-617-9592
A Few Quick Facts About Nosey
We’ve listed the issues Nosey faces in her current situation and ways you can help. Here are a few quick facts about her. For more details read our history on her.