Tell UniverSoul Circus CEO Cedric Walker to Show Compassion to Suffering, Sick and Abused Elephant Nosey
Posted: 25 Feb 2013 12:24 PM PST
Open Letter to UniverSoul Circus CEO Cedric Walker
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SUBJECT: "BREAKING: UniverSoul CEO Cedric Walker Shows Compassion for Suffering Elephant Nosey"
February 25, 2013
Dear Mr. Walker: The subject line of this email could become a reality, but only if you show compassion for the long-suffering, sick and abused elephant Nosey and cancel her upcoming performances. As noted by PETA in their email below, there is "abundant indisputable evidence of Nosey's decades-long neglect at the hands of infamous exhibitor Hugo 'Tommy' Liebel."
For more information on the plight on Nosey: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2013/02/20/save-suffering-elephant-from-universoul-misery.aspx
I am writing to urge you to immediately cancel Nosey's act and implement a policy prohibiting UniverSoul Circus from working with animal exhibitors who have had formal charges filed against them by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The Liebel Family Circus (dba Florida State Family Entertainment, Florida State Family Circus, Liebling Bros. Circus, and Liebling Bros. Family Circus), was recently formally charged with almost three dozen violations of the AWA. The charges against Liebel include keeping the elephant named "Nosey" chained so tightly by two legs that she could not lie down and could barely move; repeatedly denying Nosey necessary veterinary care; potentially exposing Nosey to serious infections by allowing manure to accumulate in the overgrown soles of her feet, despite knowing that foot ailments are the leading cause of death in captive elephants; and repeatedly allowing unsupervised public contact with Nosey, who has hit a Liebel employee on the back of the head with her trunk in the past, sending him to the hospital. Other violations include leaving a chained monkey on a pony's back unattended for an hour.
These violations are particularly alarming considering that Liebel was previously fined $3,000 for failing to adhere to the minimum standards of the AWA. Furthermore, these charges involve behavior that would violate Florida cruelty-to-animals laws were it to occur at UniverSoul, including:
FLA. STAT. ANN. § 828.12 (2010). Cruelty to animals:
(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter...is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in...excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Surely, you do not want to affiliate yourself with cruelty to animals or with such extensive AWA violations or to subject yourself to potential criminal liability for harboring a neglected animal or civil liability for allowing dangerous, unsupervised contact with an elephant. Will you please act in behalf of the animals used by Liebel and ensure public safety now by immediately implementing a policy that prohibits UniverSoul Circus from working with animal exhibitors who have had formal charges filed against them by the USDA for violations of the AWA, including Liebel?
Also, I assume you have read the letter that Russell Simmons sent to you regarding Nosey, but just in case you have not, you can read it here:
It is in your power to help ensure that animals forced to perform at UniverSoul are not cruelly abused and to disallow any further opportunity to endanger members of the public.
If you do make the ethical choice, I look forward to reading the following headline:
"BREAKING: UniverSoul CEO Cedric Walker Shows Compassion for Suffering Elephant Nosey"
It's all up to you. Thank you for your consideration in this urgent matter.
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