Welcome to FREE ALL CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS (FACE)
FACE is the ONLY non-profit in the nation dedicated solely to rescuing elephants held in captivity in North America.
FACE is committed to getting elephants to sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS is the gold standard for sanctuaries.
The work of FACE is vital in getting captive elephants to the sanctuaries ready and waiting to receive them.
In 2015, current FACE Vice President, Robin Vitulle and current FACE Treasurer, Michelle Weirich, joined the Save Nosey Now Facebook Group to help advocate for the freedom of Nosey the elephant. In 2016, current FACE President, retired attorney, Dee Gaug became a member of this same Facebook Group to join the fight. Realizing that in order to have maximum impact, the Facebook group needed to take real action and it was imperative to get its nonprofit status to do so. In March of 2017, Save Nosey Now became a Florida nonprofit organization. By November 2017, Nosey was seized and placed at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. But our work for captive elephants was far from over. By incorporating, we were able to expand our mission and work towards saving MORE captive elephants.
In August of 2019, to lessen confusion between the Save Nosey Now Facebook group and the nonprofit organization (Save Nosey Now, Inc.), we changed our name to:
Free All Captive Elephants (FACE)
Click here to view the: FACE Official Name Change Document
More importantly, the name Free All Captive Elephants (FACE), is in line with our vision to free ALL captive elephants who are living in inhumane conditions now that Nosey is safe at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
PLEASE NOTE: FACE is not in any way associated with the new organization named Save Nosey Now, Inc. which incorporated in 2019 using our former name. Click here to view: Save Nosey Now, Inc. Incorporation Document
Our mission is to provide education, intervention, and litigation that will lead to sanctuary for ALL elephants inhumanely held in captivity in circuses and zoos in North America.
Where will these elephants go? FACE is dedicated to getting elephants to sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. GFAS is the gold standard for sanctuaries.
There are dozens of captive elephants in North America. Our vision is to ultimately see that ALL elephants in North America currently living in inhumane conditions are brought to accredited sanctuaries by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) to live out the rest of their lives. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel for circuses closing permanently. Education and awareness is having a tremendous impact on attendance at circuses and people are deciding they do not want to contribute to the suffering of elephants, and all the animals anymore once they have seen the documentation of the neglect and abuse. With the passage of TEAPSPA by the United States Congress, circuses will be forced to close across the nation. As more and more elephants are released and/or seized, FACE is committed to helping ensure that additional GFAS sanctuaries are built to provide these elephants with a forever home.
ABOVE IS NOSEY TODAY. This photo of Nosey was taken just a short time after she arrived at the sanctuary after she was seized
in Alabama on November 9th, 2017. Nosey is grazing peacefully AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN TENNESSEE,
where she is thriving under the excellent care she has needed for so long.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Photo by: Gigi Glendinning
Traveling wild animal performances are an antiquated form of animal abuse that has been going on for centuries. In circuses, elephants are forced to perform under threat of punishment and confined in cramped enclosures as they are hauled from venue to venue.
Performing elephants are deprived of all that is natural to them.
To train a wild animal into submission, methods used include beating, electric shock (hot shots), food and water deprivation and brutal intimidation. Elephants do not stand on their heads, sit on stools, stand on their hind legs or give rides to humans on their backs because they want to, they do it because they are forced to with brutal training methods. Undercover Training of Elephants These behaviors do NOT occur in the wild.
Photo of Betty: by Gigi Glendinning
Photo of Betty: by Gigi Glendinning
Photo of Nosey before her rescue, performing a trick with members of the audience on her back.
The laws in place to protect elephants are weak and very rarely enforced. Law enforcement authorities are not equipped or trained to handle the thousands of public complaints that are filed annually against exhibitors. Additionally, because of the transient nature of “circus life”, even if they are willing, government agencies are unable to enforce the laws. Many if not all circuses currently on the road, have extensive histories of Federal Animal Welfare Violations. Agency’s inaction makes them complicit in the violations. As a result, captive elephants continue to suffer EVERY day while these agencies are not doing their jobs.
What’s Wrong With Zoos?
We encourage you to read this recent and very insightful article: .Are Elephants Really Better Off?
- Dr. Cynthia Moss – https://www.elephanttrust.org/index.php/meet-the-team/item/dr-cynthia-moss
- Dr. Joyce Poole – https://www.gorongosa.org/our-story/our-team/joyce-poole
- Dr. Caitlin O’Connell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd0MRjq37uw
- Dr. Toni Frohoff – http://www.terramarresearch.org/about_us/about_toni_frohoff.html
These world renowned scientists are experts in elephant behavior. In their work they witness, analyze and report on the extent of the intellectual and familial superiority of the elephant species.
Ideally elephants would never be removed from the habitat in which they are born. In a family environment much like ourselves, elephants need their herd to thrive emotionally and physically. Because elephants learn essential survival and social skills from members of their herd, captive elephants do not have the tools they need in order to be reintroduced back into the wild. At FACE we believe the best alternative for elephants rescued or released from circuses or zoos, is a GFAS sanctuary. GFAS sanctuaries offer elephants the opportunity to heal their BROKEN bodies, BROKEN spirits, and live out the remainder of their lives as close to life in the wild as possible.