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USDA moves to terminate license of man who exhibited Nosey the Elephant

MOULTON, Ala. - The USDA has informed the man who exhibited Nosey the Elephant of its intent to terminate the license that allowed him to have the animal.

According to documents acquired by PETA through the Freedom of Information Act and shared with the media, the USDA has informed elephant exhibitor Hugo Liebel of its intent to initiate proceedings to terminate his federal exhibitor's license.

Nosey the Elephant was at the center of an animal cruelty case in Lawrence County in which resulted in the removal of Nosey from Liebel's care in November of 2017 and her placement in the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary.

Trial testimony showed that Nosey arrived at the sanctuary suffering from a long-standing condition of overgrown, scaly, dry, and cracked skin called hyperkeratosis, as well as a bacterial skin infection, a urinary tract infection, intestinal parasites, osteoarthritis, and muscle atrophy. She also appeared to have a nearly empty gastrointestinal tract and showed signs of dehydration.

In January, following a 10-hour hearing, the Lawrence County District Court issued an order that allowed Nosey to remain at the sanctuary with the county animal control officer's permission.

Liebel's appeal is pending.


See the USDA's notice to Hugo Liebel below:

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