Do Not Return Nosey the Elephant to Allegedly Abusive Owner

Target: Bradley Cross, Lawrence County Commissioner, Alabama

Goal: Do not force elephant sanctuary to return abused elephant to her former owners who allegedly tortured her.

A Lawrence County, Alabama commissioner is supporting efforts to ensure that Nosey, an elephant who gained notoriety in light of her owner’s allegedly abusive behavior, is returned to the life of exploitation she had finally left behind. Nosey’s owner, Hugo Liebel, has been accused with over 200 violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and had kept the pachyderm in chains for over a decade. Demand that Nosey remain in the compassionate care of an elephant sanctuary so that she will never have to endure such misery again.

The case against Liebel is shocking. Mr. Liebel is accused of having denied Nosey proper veterinary care and adequate shelter from the heat, in addition to confining the elephant in chains so tightly that she could barely move. However, none of this appears to have swayed commissioner Bradley Cross’s opinion on the issue of Nosey’s custody. According to Cross, authorities should “give the elephant back to the Liebels and tell them to get the hell out of Dodge.”

With Nosey’s future still hanging in the balance, we must do what we can to help ensure that she will live out the rest of her life free from cruelty and exploitation. Sign this petition to demand that Nosey not be returned to her previous, allegedly abusive owner.


Dear Commissioner Cross,

You have recently stated that you are in favor of returning Nosey the elephant to Hugo Liebel, a man who is accused of over 200 violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Your support of current efforts to appeal a judge’s decision to allow Nosey to remain at an elephant sanctuary may result in the tragic return of this animal to a life of exploitation and degradation.

Nosey suffered for over a decade in chains, oftentimes with no veterinary care, while being forced to stand in sweltering heat without shelter. That this is abysmal treatment should be apparent to anyone, and it must not be tolerated. That is why I demand that you consider the well-being of this innocent creature and withdraw your support for the appeals process.


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Photo Credit: Vinoth Chandar

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  1. I thought the Judge ruled that the sanctuary has permanent custody of Nosey…..I must have missed something….

  2. What an idiot this twit is. Nosey should remain in safety at the elephant sanctuary. The more people who sign this petition than mosey will remain at the sanctuary

  3. That stupid dumb ass commissioner needs his head examined! Nosey cannot be sent back to that evil POS Liebel. What is wrong with this idiot Cross? He’s seen all the evidence against Liebel, this should be an open and shut case. Leave her at the sanctuary!!

  4. Pamela Labeque says:

    Nosey deserves some quality of life after what this monster has put the innocent elephant through. Do you not have the empathy to see that and save him from torture???

  5. Adrienne Possenti says:

    Only a Nazi-evil-minded nothing of a human would support the continuation of the heinous abuse Hugo Liebel & clan inflicted upon this elephant.

  6. He only wants the money she brings , Liebel could care less for her personally ! If the People have any empathy or care for animals at all…. they will see right through Hugo Liebel ! We love Nosey, get the message out as much as possible for her life and safety, speak of Liebel horrible name as much as we can! Let’s do the job!!!

  7. Bradley Cross is an embarrassment to the people he supposedly serves. He should be removed from his position as commissioner for attempting to influence possible jury members before an upcoming trial! I wonder, if his wife, sister ,daughter or grand daughter was being abused by a neighbor, he would use his position to advise people to “ just leave the man alone and let him get the hell out of Dodge?” Sadly, he probably would since he obviously is missing a soul. Bradley Cross needs to be removed from office before he undoes the good that the AC officer, Assistant DA and Judge have done for this long suffering animal and for the reputation of Lawrence Co. Alabama!

  8. Mongoose Jones says:

    NOSEY was in the possession of the Liebel family and working in their roadside circus for 34 of her 36 years of life…..

    SHE was chained, controlled with “bullhooks”, fed inadequately and poor quality food….her painful arthritis was ignored and her chronic skin condition was treated incorrectly by Liebel’s vet…..

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