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Long-suffering elephant Nosey will be forced to give rides at the Wolverine, Michigan “Lumberjack Festival” this weekend, June 28-30, 2013.

IDA, upon learning about this plan, immediately informed the festival board of exhibitor Hugo Liebel’s decades of documented abuse and neglect of Nosey, who he’s now calling Tiny. But the board still plans to have Nosey give rides at their festival.

More than a year ago the USDA filed a complaint against Liebel claiming over 30 welfare violations for which Liebel had repeatedly been cited between 2007 and 2011. These included failure to provide adequate veterinary care as well as safe handling violations that put Nosey and the public at risk. The charges were settled in March, and Liebel was fined.

In April, Nosey was barred from entering Maine because a TB blood test showed that she carries the antibodies for the disease, and because…

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