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NED, Abused Circus Elephant Confiscated By the USDA, on His Way to Sanctuary

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Echo ELES (264)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:30 pm
More History being made this week!!!!!

Follow Ned's story with us here:


Echo ELES (264)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:32 pm
Follow Ned's Progress in his new Diary page


Past Member (0)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:37 pm
For what it's worth Echo,I'm Here for you & Ned

. (0)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:44 pm
signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:48 pm
That is the best news I have heard all day!! Thanks so much for sharing this happy story!! victory for eles

Echo ELES (264)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:49 pm
This is another HISTORIC event this week!!!!!

Judith Jaehn (199)
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!

Echo ELES (264)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:55 pm
Here is the press release from the Elephant Sanctuary (
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 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.

Karen S (148)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:58 pm
This is great news for a change. I am very happy for Ned. God Bless All The Animals! Thanks Echo

Joycey B (750)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 5:06 pm
So great to hear this happy news before getting off for the day. Thanks so much for sharing Echo. Noted with big thanks.

. (0)
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

John O (393)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 5:17 pm

Judith Jaehn (199)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 5:20 pm
Echo, Ned has so much healing to do! Bless his dear heart! Free at last! Free at last!
Abolish Animal Slavery!!! Echo, you are wonderful!

Dusty K (1339)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 6:03 pm
This is great news Echo! I'm so happy for have a safe haven to go.

Laura H (964)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 6:22 pm
WONDERFUL!!!! For once I am crying tears of joy!!! I am SO happy for Ned!! Be well and happy sweet baby!!!!!
Thanks Echo!!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 6:35 pm

Awesome! Way to go, Ned! Such great news - thanks so much for posting! :-)


Past Member (0)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 6:47 pm
thanks for the wonderful news echo:)

Echo ELES (264)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 6:51 pm
Ned's Wish List

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. (0)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 6:59 pm
Great news.Thank you Echo

Vivian F (491)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 7:22 pm
Great news for Ned!!! Thanks for posting Echo.....I hope Ned lives a long and HAPPY life wherever he goes!

Patricia McCaskill (139)
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?

Annie J (205)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 8:12 pm
Wonderful !!!! Thanks so much Echo..........

Cheryl B (60)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 9:53 pm
A good news story for a change.Congrats. to all concerned..

Alejandra Vega (139)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 10:03 pm
Thank you, Echo! Great news!

Jim P (3257)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 11:13 pm
Good News for Ned where he will be with other Elephants and freedom to roam.

TY, Echo.

Echo ELES (264)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 8:08 am
Leave a message for Ned


Echo ELES (264)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 9:56 am
Ed will be arriving shortly, watch it on the elecam at


Past Member (0)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 10:26 am

. (0)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 10:56 am
wauw this is excellent !!! Finally a good ending for a sad elephant.

Heidi M (18)
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.

Past Member (0)
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.

Tony M (155)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 11:11 am
Ned is FREE!

ROBIN M (312)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 11:17 am

Eleanor B (909)
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 This project is encouraging people to protect the elephants as it gives them a livelihood. And the paper is beautiful.

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 12:30 pm
Great news.Thank you Echo

Carolyn T (234)
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!

Patricia N (41)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 2:57 pm
God Bless Ned & a speedy recovery.

Valerie H (133)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 3:50 pm
*God Bless dear Ned*....a good news story...thanks Echo!

Gayle M (444)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 5:19 pm
What a wonderful beginning for a new life for Ned !!! May he heal from his physical & emotional starvation.

ABC De (78)
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.

Morgan Griffith (225)
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.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 7:58 pm
Fabulous. Noted.

Marcy M (97)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 10:15 pm
Thanks Echo - great news!! (((Ned))) Free at last!

Linda M (40)
Monday November 10, 2008, 5:25 am
Good, great news

Sheila G (267)
Monday November 10, 2008, 6:38 am
YES!!! ty so much for this fabulous news, Ramos aka jerk should be in chains to suffer, ty USDA for helping Ned!

Wanda P (8)
Monday November 10, 2008, 8:21 am
After we learned of the abuse, my animal friends endure in the circus, it was over for us. We boycott the circus forever......

Elm Morrison (357)
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!


Wolf Eldridge (26)
Monday November 10, 2008, 10:55 am
Awesome news re. Ned's confiscation from his cruel circus existence - then sent to a sanctuary!

Would love to hear of more actions such as this, along with boycotting the damnable circus out of existence!

Thank you Echo for posting, Thank you USDA and Thank you for the Tennessee Sanctuary!


Bronwyn H (228)
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!


Judith Jaehn (199)
Monday November 10, 2008, 1:15 pm
I just received news from PAWS!!!! They are giving Ned a forever home here in California!!!!

Carole S (39)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 12:01 am

victoria eisermann (46)
Tuesday November 11, 2008, 11:50 am

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
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

Susan Hall-Amado (61)
Wednesday November 12, 2008, 1:11 pm
This is fantastic news. Thank you Ned.

Susan Hall-Amado (61)
Wednesday November 12, 2008, 1:13 pm
Oops, meant to say thank you for keeping my informed about Ned. I wish him all the best.
He will have a good life now.

Wolf Eldridge (26)
Wednesday November 12, 2008, 1:44 pm
...And Ned's fate keeps looking better! Thanks Judith for this update!
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