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Success for Nosey, the Elephant!

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One of my first blog posts was about Nosey, the elephant. Today, four years later, I am grateful and immensely happy to share with you that this one elephant is finally in a safe  sanctuary, will never be exploited again.

Many, many people worked together for this happy ending – hopefully it will be the beginning of the end of animal exploitation in entertainment.

23. JAN. 2018 — A Lawrence County, Alabama judge has ruled today that Nosey the elephant will be able to stay in true sanctuary at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. A case against Nosey’s notorious owners, the Liebel Family Circus, was heard on December 15, 2017, and Judge Angela Terry has ruled that Nosey will remain at the Sanctuary PERMANENTLY!

SAVE NOSEY NOW has worked since 2013 for this day, chasing this small family circus from town to town all over the country, never giving up on Nosey for one day. We pushed hard at the USDA who was charged with upholding the Animal Welfare Act by promoting call-in actions, tweetstorms, letter writing campaigns, and a formal march on their Washington, DC site in June 2015. We also dug deep into the patterns of abuse by this small family circus and pushed hard against the Florida Wildlife Commission who repeatedly rubberstamped the permit for this abusive family to keep and use Nosey. Our work involved research into many state and city animal laws as Nosey was hauled around the country from state to state, city to city, day to day, month to month, year to year. We were successful in shutting down venues in many locations as the entities were educated about the true life of Nosey the elephant.

We have run into many obstacles along the way to Nosey’s freedom, but the powers aligned in the little town of Moulton, Alabama on a fateful day in November, 2017 where Nosey was spotted by some very brave local women. These women saw a wrong and decided to fix it. Googling Nosey, Save Nosey Now was found, and we were able to provide assistance to the local officials throughout the proceedings with documents, pictures and videos to strengthen the case against the circus owners. Contacting the law enforcement division of PETA, more resources were on the way to Alabama. Save Nosey Now was pleased to be a part of the bench trial in Lawrence County, Alabama, and to provide assistance wherever needed.

We thank the good people of Alabama for their perseverance and follow through. We thank our supporters who have always believed that this day would come for Nosey, and we thank all the other organizations who worked hard for Nosey for many years.”

Nosey the Elephant’s story can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/Nosey-The-Elephant-Needs-Our-Help-207161135983376/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sangita-iyer/elephant-abuse_b_5769818.html

https://www.elephants.com/news/press-releases/posts/nosey-arrives-safely-at-the-elephant-sanctuary

Judge gives Lawrence County custody of Nosey the elephant

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Good News: One Elephant Is finally Sent to His Forever Home

Here comes some great news from PeTA India:

VICTORY: PETA CAMPAIGN FREES ELEPHANT GAJRAJ AFTER 51 YEARS OF CHAINS AND NEGLECT

After more than 50 long years chained near the popular tourist spots Shri Bhavani Museum and Yamai Devi temple in Aundh, Satara, Gajraj has finally been rescued from his chains. This old elephant, whose appalling treatment sparked a global #FreeGajraj campaign led by PETA India and its international affiliates, is on his way now to the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) in Mathura – a collaborative project of PETA India, Wildlife SOS, and the Uttar Pradesh Forest and Wildlife Department – to receive vital veterinary treatment and begin his integration into the company of fellow elephants after all these years alone. He was rescued by the Maharashtra Forest Department today and is being accompanied to the ECCC by an expert veterinary team. PETA arranged for the Wildlife SOS elephant-care centre to take him in, a collaboration, and PETA has paid for his new home and other costs.

You can read more here:

http://www.petaindia.com/blog/victory-gajraj-is-free/?utm_campaign=0617%20gajraj%20rescued%20blog%20&utm_source=PETA%20India%20Email&utm_medium=Alert

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Elephants Performing – Help This Become a Thing of the Past

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Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle—a “luxury camp” in Thailand—continues to force elephants to give rides and play polo, despite claiming to give refuge to endangered Asian elephants. Offering these rides sends a dangerous message to tourists and drives demand for an abusive industry that controls animals through violence and domination. Dozens of travel companies have committed to not offering rides, and as a result of the public’s “mood shift” against the use of animals for entertainment, Ringling Bros. circus has shut down after 146 years. It’s well past time that Four Seasons ended rides and all other direct-contact activities with elephants.

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Please take a moment to urge Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle to end the use of elephants for rides, polo, and all other exploitative activities.

https://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/four-seasons-elephant-rides

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Good News: TripAdvisor Will Stop Selling Tickets to Some of the Cruelest Tourist Activities

There was a time when it was believed that dolphins enjoyed swimming with humans. That might have been true when the animals were able to swim with someone by choice but being held captive to perform this kind of action is cruel and inhumane.

There also might have been a time when elephants would have helped a human by letting this person sit on their back. But being forced to carry tourists around has nothing to do with choice or pleasure or freedom.

And to believe that baby tigers would willingly leave their mothers to sit on a tourist’s lap is either very naive or worse.

Trip Advisor has listened. The company will stop supporting this kind of cruelty.

You can read more here:

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news/tripadvisor-stop-selling-tickets-some-worlds-cruelest-tourist-activities?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=us_wine&utm_content=general_supporters_27_october_2016_1700

You can write to Trip Advisor and tell them how much you appreciate their decision:

https://www.tripadvisorsupport.com/hc/en-us

 

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The Worst Zoo in the World: Gaza

Sadly, this “title” would probably still fit many small zoos and animal parks in the world. Luckily for the animals at the Gaza Zoo, the animal welfare organization Four Paws has started rescue efforts, but there still is much work to do.

“Dear animal friends,

FOUR PAWS has returned to the Gaza Strip.

Over the last few days, a FOUR PAWS team has been helping the desperate, suffering animals at the Khan Younis Zoo, described by some media outlets as “the worst zoo in the world”.

There are still several animals living at the zoo, including Laziz, the last remaining captive tiger in Gaza, along with monkeys, birds, emu, deer, turtles and a couple of porcupines, all of which are still sadly living in very poor conditions.

Thanks to the support of generous people like you, FOUR PAWS has been able to provide much-needed food to the undernourished animals, which has led to visible improvements in the health of the animals, including Laziz the tiger.

In addition to providing food, we were able to check on all of the remaining animals, provide veterinary treatment, and even relocate some of the animals to larger enclosures, including a pelican, the two porcupines and some turtles.

Even though our team was only permitted to stay for a limited time in Gaza, we’ve met with the responsible people on site and we will continue helping beyond our departure.

We are still working to find a permanent solution for the animals in Gaza, and we will continue to keep you updated on the situation.”

“P.S. We are 100% funded by voluntary donations. Your gift today means we can do more!”

You can read more here:
http://www.four-paws.us/news-press/press-releases/four-paws-back-to-work-in-gaza/

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Elephants and Endless Agonies

Many studies have been made on elephants, elephants in the wild as well as elephants in captivity. All have proven how intelligent, social, loving, caring, and emotional elephants mostly are. And how depressed they can get when deprived of their basic needs for well being.

Elephants will help their kin when in need, elephants will come to the rescue when they see another one hurting. They will stay with their dead, mourning vigilantly.

Knowing all of these facts, it is even more appalling what some of these beings have to live through. In Japan, there is Hanako. Hanako has been living in a concrete prison for over 61 years. In the United States, Nosey has been forced to “perform” even though she visibly shows signs of pain and has not been treated for the severe arthritis in her joints. Lucky, also in the United States, has been in captivity since 1962 and has been forced to stand on concrete floors most of her life.

All these stories could have a happy ending. All these elephants could be brought to one of the amazing elephants sanctuaries there are. One of them is the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. This sanctuary has already agreed to take in Nosey if her owner would only let her go.

There are many other sanctuaries around the world. The animals would all be better off if only they could get there.

Please read more and share:

https://www.thedodo.com/hanako-japan-elephant-61-years-1473985023.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/congress-action-nosey/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-stories-of-4-elephants-in-captivity-and-how-you-can-help/

https://www.elephants.com/meetElephants.php

http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/

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Speak Up for Elephants – Rallye Against Animals in the Circus

photo: PeTA

photo: PeTA

If you are near Fairfax, Virginia, next week, please come and support the anti-cruelty demonstration:

“The Ringling Bros. circus is coming to Fairfax, Virginia, and animals need your help! In order to force elephants to perform tricks, trainers beat them with sharp metal bullhooks. Lions and tigers are whipped and beaten. Ringling has announced that it will phase out its elephant acts by 2018, but retirement for these animals needs to come now. Please help put an end to this cruelty by joining local PETA supporters in rallying against the use of all animals in circuses.”

When:

Wednesday, April 8, 6–7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9, 6–7 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 10:30–11:30 a.m., 2:30–3:30 p.m., and 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 12–1 p.m. and 4–5 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 6–7 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 10:30–11:30 a.m., 2:30–3:30 p.m., and 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 12–1 p.m. and 4–5 p.m.

Where:

George Mason University’s Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax, VA 22030

Contact:

Ausra Mohammadi at 703-577-5642 or jamilia1982@yahoo.com

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