2 States Become First to Ban Wild Animals in Traveling Acts
Animal welfare advocates have had a victorious month. For the first time, 2 states instituted bans on traveling wild-animal exhibitions.
On December 14, New Jersey officially became the first state to ban the use of use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. The passing of the law came nearly a year after similar legislation was left unsigned by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Known as “Nosey’s Law” the ban is named after a 36-year-old African elephant with arthritis that had been traveling the country with a circus. In November 2017, Nosey was found chained and swaying back and forth in her own waste, suffering from urinary tract and skin infections, intestinal parasites, painful osteoarthritis, dehydration, and malnutrition. Her owners, Hugo and Franciszka Liebel, were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals in relation to Nosey the elephant. Since her rescue, Nosey has been living at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, where she is receiving care and protection.