FLORIDA DENIES RENEWAL OF EXHIBITOR’S LICENSE
On June 16, 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a letter denying the annual renew of Hugo Liebel’s license to possess and exhibit Nosey. The denial was due to Liebel’s failure to provide the required itineraries, an issue first identified by Save Nosey NOW! and other advocates. Elephants are considered Class I wildlife, and cannot be kept as pets in the state. The Liebels’ appeal was subsequently denied, but it is not yet known how this will affect Nosey. We applaud the FWC for taking this important step in enforcing state laws to protect animals and the public.
STATES MOVE TO PROTECT CIRCUS ANIMALS
NOSEY’S LAW PENDING IN NEW JERSEY
On October 20, 2016, S2508 — known to all as Nosey’s Law — passed in the New Jersey State Senate by a vote of 32-5. The bill has been amended to cover ALL exotic animals and is now pending in the General Assembly. A vote has not yet been scheduled. We thank primary sponsors, Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assembly Member Raj Mukherji, and their colleagues for this legislation that will protect not only circus animals but also the public at large.
READ NOSEY’S LAW!
ACTION: New Jersey Residents: Contact your Assembly Member and ask them to support S2508/A4386 Nosey’s Law!
ILLINOIS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW!
Illinois bill SB 1342 prohibiting elephants in traveling shows was introduced in the Illinois State Senate on February 9, 2017. It passed the Senate unanimously on April 26, and by a vote of 91-14 in the General Assembly on May 15. The bill was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 11, 2017. Special thanks to the Humane Society of the United States – Illinois for initiating the bill, and to the many activists who protested and brought media attention when Nosey was performing in the state last year.
Elephants Take Final Bow in Illinois
Illinois Bans Elephants in Traveling Exhibitions
NEW YORK CITY AND STATE VOTE AGAINST CIRCUS CRUELTY
Leading the way for circus animals, both New York City and New York State passed legislation banning the use of exotic animals for entertainment. The “Elephant Protection Act” passed both houses on June 7, 2017, and is expected to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York City ban passed by a Council vote of 43-6 on June 21, and was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio July 28!
ACTION: New York Residents: Contact Governor Cuomo and ask him to sign the Elephant Protection Bill
Will your state be next? Join Save Nosey NOW! and learn how you can help.
SUPPORT THE US BAN! TEAPSPA NEEDS YOUR VOICE!
Download and print our beautiful NEW brochure to help Nosey and other captive elephants! Share it with friends and family, at work, and everywhere you can to tell their story. The brochure also makes a good handout at circuses or whenever any elephant — not just Nosey — is performing or giving rides.
Contact us for printed copies (cost of mailing only)
Brochure design by Save Nosey NOW! admin and board member, Saron Geddy.
May 2017 | David Goodhue | FL Keys News Animal-Rights Activists Decry Circus Elephant’s Treatment
Mar 2017 | Marti Oakley | T.S. Radio Voices Carry for Animals #128 Listen!
Sept 2016 | Emily Braun | Illinois Home Page Nosey The Elephant Controversy
July 2016 | Emily Bamforth | Cleveland.com Protesters Fight for Nosey
Mar 2016 | Sangita Iyer | Huff Post Solidarity for Nosey’s Freedom
Mar 2016 | Kim Basinger | Huff Post Who Can Help Nosey?
Feb 2016 | Savannah Crisp | Elephant Spoken Here Nosey Still Waiting to Be Rescued
Feb 2016 | Sangita Iyer | Huff Post Nosey the Circus Elephant Back in the Limelight
Nov 2015 | Marti Oakley | T.S. Radio Voices Carry for Animals #65 Listen!
June 2015 | Elephants DC | Meet the Elephant Who has Suffered Over 30 Years for Our Entertainment
“Nosey: A Story of Abuse and Neglect” details Nosey’s life in words and photos from the point of view of a young girl writing to President Obama. Published in 2015 as a joint project of Action For Nosey Now, the California Environmental Institute, and Save Nosey NOW!, Nosey’s storybook has been sent by concerned citizens to the White House, members of Congress, and other public figures. We hope they will read it and take action!
Of your silhouette
An enormous frame
They wont soon forget
But from shadowed stands
They don’t see your eyes
How they reveal
A thousand lies.
They would see your freedom
They would see the price
You had to pay
The day you wept
As your mother lay dying
And they didn’t care
That her baby was crying.
You should be strong
You should be proud
Now you cringe before
A roaring crowd
So long ago
And forced to perform
This awkward show.
Caught up in the moment
As you “entertain”
They don’t notice the bull hooks
The scars, the pain
From their seats they don’t see
What your eyes say so well
If they saw they’d be sure
Yes, there’s a hell.Heather Leughmyer