For Immediate Release – Satellite Beach, Florida, January 8, 2018 – SaveNoseyNow.org celebrates incredible news today as the New Jersey State Senate voted unanimously (31-0) to pass Nosey’s Law (A4386/S2508), banning exotic animal circus acts statewide!
The legislation is named in honor of Nosey, an African elephant who has been used and abused in the circus for nearly 3 decades. Nosey was confiscated in the small town of Moulton, Alabama recently after she was found tightly chained, confined in her own waste, and without proper shelter. Nosey is arthritic and has several serious medical conditions. She is currently residing at an elephant sanctuary while awaiting a decision on her fate from the Alabama court.
Save Nosey Now administrators and advocates have been on hand for each important milestone as Nosey’s Law began the rounds of committees last year. The bill initially passed the senate as a ban on elephant acts, but today’s vote considered the amendment added by Assembly sponsor Raj Mukherji to extend its protections to ALL exotic animals. The bill now goes to the governor for signature, which could take place as early as tomorrow! Coincidentally, state sponsor Senator Raymond J. Lesniak’s last day in the NJ Senate is also tomorrow. We send out a huge thank you to sponsors Sen. Lesniak and Asm. Mukherji for their dedication to stop circus suffering and to the New Jersey advocates who brought this to fruition.
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This effort to help Nosey and other captive elephants had a simple beginning. In 2014, two Nosey advocates began a conversation that led to a Call-In Action for Nosey event on Facebook. They asked fellow advocates to contact the USDA and urge them to refuse licensure for Nosey’s keeper. In spite of many calls, faxes, emails, and letters, the license was granted, and so it was decided to continue the work by starting a Facebook Group. Save Nosey NOW! was born. Since 2014, the Save Nosey NOW! Facebook group has grown to more than 3200 members. In June 2015, we organized Save Nosey NOW! We Are Her Voice, a peaceful demonstration at the USDA in Washington, DC. People from all over the country gathered to protest renewal of Liebel’s license and to urge the USDA to confiscate Nosey. In January 2016, we hosted the successful Nosey Summit, which brought together major advocacy organizations, including PETA, Animal Defenders International, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, CompassionWorks International, and In Defense of Animals, to share and strategize actions for Nosey. In July we launched Nosey’s Ad Campaign to tell her story in local newspapers where she is performing. Working with other anti-circus advocates, we have also been successful in encouraging venues to cancel Nosey’s appearances. In order to expand our impact on the lives of captive elephants, SaveNoseyNow.org. was registered as a nonprofit corporation in Florida in March 2017.
SaveNoseyNow.org Board Members with State Sponsor Senator Raymond J. Lesniak and Jen Samuel with Elephant DC