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USDA Fails To Help Elephant Nosey: Second Appeal, Tell USDA To Do Its Job And Help Elephant Nosey

April 2, 2013
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Click here to send a fax to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack right now.

Background | Source IDA

The USDA has yet again let a chronic violator of federal animal welfare standards get away with little more than a slap on the wrist. Just days before circus handler Hugo Liebel was to face a hearing for 33 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the USDA announced it had reached a settlement. Instead of revoking Liebel’s license and handing down a maximum penalty of $330,000, the USDA settled with the agreement that Liebel would pay a meager civil penalty of $7,500 and cease and desist from violating the AWA.

The charges included failure to provide veterinary care for the weight loss and chronic skin condition of the elephant Nosey, chaining her so tightly that she could not move or lie down, and handling her in a way that was dangerous to her and to the public.

IDA has worked for years to help Nosey by documenting evidence of flagrant violations of the AWA and submitting numerous complaints to the USDA, urging the agency to take action. This settlement is a shocking disappointment in its blatant disregard for animal welfare.

Please contact the USDA today. Click here to send a fax to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack right now.

my name is nosey,
let me out.
i cannot speak,
i need you kind
people to shout!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2013 9:43 am



    • April 2, 2013 11:36 am

      Our people, for the most part, do not care about animals either. Thanks, Jan.


  2. April 2, 2013 3:54 pm

    Happily sent fax i also sent two other faxes from my sister and my boyfriend with their permision of course lol Ive been advocating for poor dear Nosey for almost a year now signing petitions and sharing them sending emails and now faxes i just hope this will make a difference for poor lonely Nosey thanks for posting this Stacey youre the best! and Karen as always my friend your words of poetry and your art is amazing ❤


    • April 3, 2013 10:25 am

      Thank you so much, Florence.


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      April 3, 2013 6:13 pm

      florence your words and heart always appreciated..thank you!


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