An attraction at the Williams County fair attracted some attention from animal rights activists. For the second consecutive year, an elephant ride was offered at the fair last week. And once again, PETA… The People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals, has complained.
The group sent reportedly sent an email to the Williams County Fair Board in which they outlined their concerns about the health of Nosey, a 3-ton, 9-foot-tall African elephant. PETA urged the fair board in that email, to cancel Nosey’s appearance.
The elephant’s owner and his wife, who operate Florida State Family Entertainment, the company behind Leibeling Brothers Family Circus, have been cited by the United States Department of Agriculture for almost two dozen violations over the past 20 years.
The company claims meanwhile, that they are being unfairly targeted by PETA.
According to the Bryan Times, PETA representatives claim to have observed Nosey at this year’s fair and they say he is in obvious distress.
Fair board president Eugene Wilson, according to the paper, disputes the allegations.