Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:52 pm
Hi Echo!!!! Yep! We have had good things happen this week! All of our work in Calif paid off! I think I might sleep for awhile!!! Ned will be so very happy!!! Finally, the USDA did something right! This is your time Ned!
Abolish Animal Slavery!
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:55 pm
Here is the press release from the Elephant Sanctuary (elephants.com)
Note, if we are lucky we can hopefully watch him arrive on the elecam tomorrow, he is in Georgia right now!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Confiscates Emaciated Elephant:
Now in route to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
Hohenwald, Tennessee (November 8, 2008)
The USDA has confiscated Ned, a severely underweight 21-year-old captive born, male elephant from Florida-based circus trainer Lance Ramos, aka Lancelot Kollman.
On Saturday, November 8, Ned was confiscated from Ramos by the USDA for failure to comply with the Animal Welfare Act and was placed by USDA authority with The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Two veteran elephant handlers were secured by the agency to ensure that Ned was safely loaded into the transport trailer supplied by The Elephant Sanctuary. Scott Blais, Sanctuary co-founder, will accompany Ned on the 775 mile journey. They are scheduled to arrive at The Elephant Sanctuary midday Sunday, November 9th.
Ned is the second elephant ever to be confiscated by the USDA. The first was Delhi, an ailing elephant owned by the Hawthorn Corporation and sent to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in 2003.
Ned will reside only temporarily in his private facility at The Sanctuary. ďWe are working closely with other professionals to ensure that as soon as Nedís health improves he can be relocated to his permanent home. Our focus over the next many weeks will be on Nedís recovery,Ē stated Carol Buckley, Sanctuary Executive Director.
Ned was born October 10, 1987 in Tampa, Florida, one of the few elephants born in captivity to survive into adulthood. Ned is a first generation captive-born Asian elephant. His parents, Josie and Vance, both wild caught in Southeast Asia as babies, were the property of elephant trainer and circus performer, Roman Schmitt. At the time of Nedís birth Mr. Schmitt was manager of the Busch Gardensí elephant breeding program. At the age of two, Ned was sold to a circus elephant trainer named Buckles Woodcock and later performed in the Big Apple Circus. Sometime after the Big Apple Circus removed elephants from their line-up, Mr. Woodcock transferred Ned to Lance Ramos, another circus trainer and performer. Recently, it was reported that Lance Ramos and Ned were performing in California with the Royal Hannaford traveling circus.
Operating on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee www.elephants.com has been developed specifically to provide a place for traumatized elephants to recover from the debilitating experience of captivity. The nonprofit organization, accredited by The Association of Sanctuaries and licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants that have been retired from zoos and circuses.
Saturday November 8, 2008, 5:07 pm
I hate circus's how I hope Ned will be ok and will be keeping up with this story Ecko please keep me up to date on him. My hubby went to one in Pittsburg when he was visiting his sister he had pictures and he was showing me the pictures of it on his computer and showed Elephants and Tigers standing on there hind legs. I couldn't help it but I blunted out and said I would have loved to seen thoese cats got that man. zebra's too I told him its very cruel and I would never go to one and I won't to protest yes. Thanks Ecko for this good new's
Saturday November 8, 2008, 7:37 pm
Oh, and such a wonderful sanctuary it is!!! I wish I could be there to see Ned's reaction when he sees othe elephants and has room to roam. Now will there be a problem due to his being male?
Sunday November 9, 2008, 10:58 am
Visited the website to take a look. Poor Ned. How could someone treat him like that and not care. I know that sometimes people don't have the resources to properly care for their animals, but they need to reach out for help; not just let the animals die.
Sunday November 9, 2008, 11:05 am
This is such good news for Ned. I am so pleased that he will have a good life in front of him. It is lovely to hear happy news for a change. Good luck for the future Ned. God bless you. Noted thanks.
Sunday November 9, 2008, 12:26 pm
How absolutely wonderful. Let's hope that more elephants will be taken from circuses. To help elephants in Sri Lanka you can buy notebooks etc made from elephant dung through globalcrafts.com. This project is encouraging people to protect the elephants as it gives them a livelihood. And the paper is beautiful.
Sunday November 9, 2008, 2:13 pm
Noted. Every now and then--and often enough to keep me believing and hoping--good things happen. This is surely one of them! Thank you for bringing this news to us, Echo!
Sunday November 9, 2008, 5:43 pm
This news gives me HOPE that other elephants out there suffering weight loss, inappropriate and cruel treatment will be able to saved too. The USDA did act appropriately on NED's behalf... let's hope that the inspectors stay in this 'find and seek' mode a while longer to rescue other elephants in need.
EHCO... I'm so glad you posted all the links. I missed the live coverage today.... hope to catch it later. Thank you.
Sunday November 9, 2008, 7:50 pm
there has been quite a bit of good news this week both on a national and a personal level. I am glad to see the saving of Ned. No animal should ever be in a circus ever.
Monday November 10, 2008, 9:08 am
Now Ned will be loved and taken care of. My prayers are with him - for his healing, emotionally and physically. This is such good news in a world of horror! Can I ask everyone here to please go and leave a comment on this issue, and to take action to prevent a horror from happening anytime now? In the comment section is a huge list of email addresses - just copy it and the letter above it into your mailer and send. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
FORGIVE ME FOR CROSS POSTING LIKE THIS, BUT WE NEED YOU! FORWARD TO ALL AND SUNDRY - VERY, VERY URGENT!!!!
Monday November 10, 2008, 1:13 pm
Noted and thank you Echo, this is great news!
I wish this freedom and care in a Sanctuary for all the Elephants throughout the world that are currently held in captivity, being exploited, abused and deprived of the natural life they were meant to live!
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 9:50 pm
.. I have been watching you NED .. I am so happy for your progress.I know Scott and Carol and all the people at TES love you with all their heart...and with all that love and great food to eat .. you will be healthy and strong again real soon. It is a delight to watch you on the ele cam Ned ..did you ever think you could be so happy as you are right now? Your Pittsburgh friend , Dolores M. & family