Target: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s administrator Kevin Shea
Goal: Stop forcing an injured elephant to perform circus acts that endanger her health.
An elephant named Nosey is being forced to perform week after week for the Liebel Family Circus, despite her crippling injuries and numerous complaints made to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nosey is beginning to show signs of severe arthritis and needs to be taken off the road immediately.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been investigating the situation and even met with USDA officials, but the officials dismissed PETA’s concerns without even checking on Nosey first. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s administrator, Kevin Shea, refused to enforce the Animal Welfare Act to protect Nosey, despite admitting that he was not familiar with her situation.
More than 160,000 people wrote to the USDA to demand that they take action to protect Nosey, in addition to PETA submitting their own documentation stating the horrible condition that Nosey is in. Despite all of this, the USDA’s only response was to say that it is “not [the agency’s] job” to physically examine animals.
Nosey needs proper treatment in order to get better and she will only get worse by being continually pushed to perform circus acts. Please sign the petition below to force the USDA to take action and protect Nosey.
Dear Mr. Shea,
I am writing to urge you to take action and save the circus elephant named Nosey from suffering worse injuries, by taking her off the road and by revoking the license of the Liebel Family Circus. Nosey is currently being pushed too hard and being forced to ignore her crippling injuries that will only get worse with time.
It is disheartening to hear that you dismissed the complaints of over 160,000 people, and PETA’s documentation stating the severity of Nosey’s injuries. These are not issues to be taken lightly and the Animal Welfare Act must be enforced in this situation. It is unethical to make circus animals perform even when they are healthy, but to force an animal to perform under duress is extremely unethical. The Liebel Family Circus needs to have their license revoked for such irresponsible behavior, otherwise this sets a dangerous precedent for other circus’s to push their animals to the limit for a profit.
Please do the right thing and address the situation accordingly. Nosey does not deserve to be pushed to such limits and needs to be taken off the road.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: PETA.org