Nosey the Elephant controversy

GEORGETOWN, Ill. - GEORGETOWN -- An elephant has caught the attention of animal rights activists, and not in a good way.

Activists say she's being kept in poor conditions and abused, but her owners say otherwise.

They say her trailer is too small, and they've seen her being kept in a space where there was no food, water or ventilation.

There are countless online petitions trying to remove Nosey from performances, and they have support from thousands across the country.

But Nosey's owners say nothing they're doing is against the law or reflects mistreatment.

They have recent documentation from Florida Fish and Wildlife and the USDA to prove that.

They say Nosey is family, and they've treated her as one of their own.

Still, activists argue using elephants for show can be dangerous.

"I'm just hoping that people will understand that it's not a good thing to take your kids to the circus, or at these venues and have your kids ride on an elephant because it would backfire. I've seen it where elephants fight back," said Gretchen Stewart, an activist who wants to see Nosey transferred to a sanctuary.

"Our elephant has been in our family for over 30 years. She raised me. She's my big sister. I don't see her any different from any of my other siblings. People have tried to buy her," said Cathalina Liebel, one of Nosey's owners.

The owners say people have offered millions of dollars, more than what they make from performance profit.

But they say they've turned them all down, because Nosey is family.

Nosey performed in Georgetown from September 9th-11th, and it's not the first time she's been there.

Her show was a part of the Potawatami Festival.

This is just months after Barnum and Bailey officially retired elephants from their shows.

Their final performance with elephants was May 1st, 2016, after animal rights groups had been urging them to stop using elephants for years.

 


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