Applaud Efforts to Help Abused Circus Elephant

Target: Congressman Raul Grijalva

Goal: Applaud Congress for bringing attention to an abused circus elephant.

Nosey the elephant has been dragged around and forced to perform for crowds by her owner, Hugo Liebel, despite her physical and mental problems. U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva brought attention to Nosey’s condition and demanded that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) take action to help Nosey. Unfortunately, the USDA brushed off Congressman Grijalva and 31 other members who decided to take a stand for Nosey.

It is awful to hold animals captive and force them to perform for the entertainment of humans. However, it is even worse when the animal is in crippling pain. Nosey has been showing signs of severe arthritis and the performances will only make her injuries worse. Arthritis in elephants can lead to death.

After being brushed off by the USDA, Congressman Grijalva refused to give up on Nosey. He stated that “[the USDA has] chronically failed to enforce the Animal Welfare Act…effectively, in part because of a broken penalty scheme that rewards settlements and fails to deter future violations.”

Sign this petition and applaud Congressman Grijalva for continuing the fight for Nosey, despite the lack of response from the USDA. It is heartwarming to see politicians fighting so hard for something they believe in.


Dear Congressman Grijalva,

You have been a front-runner in the fight for Nosey the elephant. Your hard work and dedication is very admirable. It was very disheartening to hear about the USDA brushing off you and 31 other congressmen’s concerns regarding Nosey.

It is awful to hold wild animals captive and force them to perform for the entertainment of humans. However, when the animals is in crippling pain, it is even more atrocious. Nosey has been showing signs of arthritis for quite some time and her performances will only make it worse. Arthritis in elephants can even lead to death.

After being brushed off by the USDA, you continued your fight for Nosey and refused to be silent. I am so happy to see a politician that cares so deeply. The people are continuing their fight for Nosey and refuse to be silent just like you. You have my support and hopefully we will be able to give Nosey the happy life she deserves. Please continue to fight for this suffering animal.


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Photo credit: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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  1. free nosey the elephant to a sanctuary.

  2. Maud van Tol says:

    I am so glad to know that you don’t give up the fight.

  3. Doreen Forbes says:

    Thank you so much Congressman Grijalva for trying to help Nosey!

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