In a couple of days, President Obama has sanctioned Monsanto and now the USDA has given the owner of Nosey, a circus elephant, only a slap on the wrist. Both had multiple evidence given the powers that be and multiple voices. Here is the report, as follow up to my earlier share, about Nosey:
USDA Fails To Help Elephant Nosey
The USDA has yet again let a chronic violator of federal animal welfare standards get away with little more than a slap on the wrist. Just days before circus handler Hugo Liebel was to face a hearing for 33 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the USDA announced it had reached a settlement. Instead of revoking Liebel's license and handing down a maximum penalty of $330,000, the USDA settled with the agreement that Liebel would pay a meager civil penalty of $7,500 and cease and desist from violating the AWA.
The charges included failure to provide veterinary care for the weight loss and chronic skin condition of the elephant Nosey, chaining her so tightly that she could not move or lie down, and handling her in a way that was dangerous to her and to the public.
IDA has worked for years to help Nosey by documenting evidence of flagrant violations of the AWA and submitting numerous complaints to the USDA, urging the agency to take action. This settlement is a shocking disappointment in its blatant disregard for animal welfare.
Please contact the USDA today. Click here to send a fax to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack right now.