Breaking News! Judge Rules That Nosey The Elephant Will Get To Permanently Stay At The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee!
Nosey, the beloved African elephant whose freedom the world has been advocating for years for, will remain at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, following today’s ruling by Lawrence County District Judge Angela Terry.
Custody of Nosey was officially remanded to Lawrence County which subsequently confirmed that the long-suffering elephant will stay at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee where she was temporarily housed after she was confiscated in Alabama by Lawrence County animal control officers on November 8th of last year.
As per WHNT News 19, Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Callie Waldrep will be in touch with The Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary and they will draw up custody forms for the county to sign Nosey over to the sanctuary.
“We are delighted by this progress toward The Sanctuary becoming Nosey’s lifetime home,” the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary stated on its website, further explaining that a full statement will be released after The Sanctuary’s legal team has finished reviewing the judge’s order.
Prior to rescuing Nosey from Hugo Liebel and the Liebel Family Circus, she had been left chained and swaying back and forth in her own waste with a variety of ailments including urinary tract, skin and roundworm infections.
Unfathomably, the animal cruelty charges against Liebel are still pending.
In a statement by the animal welfare organization CompasssionWorks International, “This morning we are ecstatic to share the amazing news that a judge in Lawrence County, Alabama has ruled in Nosey’s favor. She will remain in the sanctuary and never again need to know the pain and suffering of circus life!”
“While we expect the Liebels will appeal this decision, they face numerous and ongoing legal actions and challenges, so we are confident that this ruling will result in Nosey’s forever freedom.”
This is a monumental achievement, and we thank each and every one of you who raised awareness for Nosey or who worked alongside us at CompassionWorks International to help us fight for her through monitoring her whereabouts, capturing photos and videos, creating laws that ban the circus, or protesting the circus. Nosey’s freedom is truly a collective and phenomenal achievement!
“Compassionate people the world over can breathe a sigh of relief with today’s ruling,” PETA’s Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Rachel Mathews, said in a statement in which she thanked “local authorities for initiating this course of events and everyone who worked to keep Nosey away from the man who used chains and intimidation in order to force her to give rides for decades. “As she finally experiences the benefits of a sanctuary,” beleaguered Hugo Liebel is facing cruelty charges and the realization that there’s no room for animal abusers in a civilized society.”
“WAN is thrilled about today’s amazing news that Nosey has finally been given the peace and sanctuary she so deserves after a life of abuse and neglect. All animals deserve to be wild and free and not exploited for human entertainment. Let’s continue to fight and use our voices for the greater good of all animals because it’s working,” said Katie Cleary, President of Peace 4 Animals & WAN.
The Elephant Sanctuary is the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered elephants. Located on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, TN, 85 miles southwest of Nashville, it exists to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being, to raise public awareness of the complex need of elephants in captivity and the crisis elephants face in the wild.
If you would like to help Nosey and other rescued Elephants, Please Consider Making A Donation Here: The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee