Somewhere in Florida, in the brutal summer heat and humidity, a lonely African elephant is standing, cramped and miserable, in a trailer much too small for her. Whenever she is led out of her confinement, all she has to look forward to is forced labor, and more pain.
Her name is Nosey - and she's considered to be the most miserable and mistreated elephant in America. "Nosey" is the cruel name her owner Tommy Liebel gave her when he purchased her in 1988. Back then, she was a young elephant recently forced to wean from her mother's milk after being stolen from the wild in Zimbabwe as an infant.
Unfortunately, Nosey is not the only elephant suffering in captivity. Across the nation, roadside traveling circuses and disreputable "zoos" are holding their performing elephants hostage. For the sake of a few profits, many elephants in America are still routinely beaten and held captive in inhumane conditions.
But of these poor elephants, perhaps no other better demonstrates the cruelty of the animal entertainment industry than sweet Nosey, the traveling circus elephant. For more than 30 years, she's experienced all the trauma that captive elephants face. Once you meet Nosey, you'll never think an elephant should be coerced into performing again.