Nosey, an arthritic circus elephant who's allegedly been abused for years, is being forced to perform in three shows Friday, after a decision to cancel the shows was reversed.
"Citizens around the globe are ready to see Nosey rescued," Karen Ess, who organizes Action for Nosey Now, told The Dodo in an email. "People in the US are ready to let go of ele[phant] acts in circuses and that is the overarching and most important message behind this story."
When the Araba Shriners scheduled Nosey's performance in their circus in Fort Myers, Florida, animal rights activists rallied in support of Nosey. At around 32 years of age, Nosey has had enough suffering for a lifetime, reportedly from bullhooks and other cruel treatment. On Wednesday, activists thought they'd achieved a victory - circus organizers decided to cancel the show because of concerns that Nosey was abused, the Naples News said.