FACE VP, Robin Vitulle and Board Members, Adriennne Possenti and Michelle Wierich along with ADI founders Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips,
and others pictured above were in DC for the TEAPSPA Launch.

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to TAKE ACTION!

Here are a few ways that you can make a difference in the lives of these magnificent animals:

  • Support TEAPSPA– With the passage of The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, TEAPSPA, the United States Congress aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and other traveling acts across the nation. Legislation is key to making this change.In July, 2009, Bolivia became the first country in the world to pass a national law prohibiting the use of both wild and domestic animals in traveling circuses. The United States is WAY BEHIND! There are currently over 40 countries around the globe that have banned wild animal circuses including: Croatia, Singapore, Austria, Israel and Costa Rica, Peru, India and Lebanon.  Tell Congress it is time to pass TEAPSPA!
    FACE is proud to partner with Animal Defenders International, ADI and many other animal advocacy organizations to support passage of this important legislation.
    Find out how YOU can have an impact today by clicking on the link here.
  • Never buy a ticket to a circus. Each time you choose not to financially support these entities, you are sending a message that elephants (and all animals) are not ours to use for our own entertainment or curiosity.
  • Become a grassroots advocate! Your boots on the ground can help save an elephant. It was a local advocate that made the call to local officials in Alabama and changed Nosey’s life forever! If you learn of a circus coming to your town, contact us! We will help you organize a peaceful protest, write letters or make phone calls to venues who host these events and the local authorities that permit them to come.
Above, Nosey giving rides to 8 people.
Viola standing and swaying, Isa giving rides.
Isa at yet another circus event giving rides.

Viola and Isa travel with Carson and Barnes Circus and are leased out to other circuses such as Garden Bros.

  • NEVER ride an elephant. Yes, elephants are big and strong but their spines are not made for giving rides, furthermore, captive elephants are prone to foot problems which are painful. Riding them exaserbates these problems which can lead to infection and an early death.  Captive Elephants are not domesticated animals.  They are dangerous and have caused numerous injuries and deaths in the United States and around the world.  Watch for traveling elephants giving rides in flea markets, small carnivals, or festivals.  If you see an elephant in this type of venue, please contact us ASAP.  Your photos and eyewitness testimony can help.
    Would you like to read more? Follow this link to a great article from the Dodo (here)
  • DONATE to FACE. link here to donate 100% of your donation will go directly towards our efforts. Please see our current campaigns link here to campaigns to get captive elephants to sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and towards improving the lives of elephants not likely to be released. Our organization relies 100% on donations for its operation and campaigns. Your contribution allows us to advocate for elephants that are in desperate need.

YOUR actions CAN lead to Miracles like this:  Nosey’s court case is settled!  Nosey will remain in SANCTUARY!  November 4th, 2019.

***UPDATE TO NOSEY’S COURT CASE!
On November 4th, 2019 Judge Mark Craig gave his FINAL ORDER:


ORDER OF DISMISSAL OF APPEAL
AND REINTSTATEMENT OF LOWER COURT JUDGMENT
THE PARTIES appeared through counsel for consideration
of pending motions, including the Plaintiff’s Motion for
Dismissal to Sanction Defendants’ Gross Misconduct and
Defiance of Court Orders (doc. 120). The court heard
arguments of the parties concerning these motions. Upon
consideration of all matters of proper record, of the
written arguments and briefs of the parties, of the oral
arguments made during the hearing, of the applicable law, of
the court’s ability or inability to afford practical relief
and of every other matter related to the issues raised in
the motions before the court, the court announced its
rulings in open court. In accord with the announced rulings,
it is
ORDERED that this appeal for trial de novo is DISMISSED
WITH PREJUDICE.
It is further ORDERED that the January 22, 2018, judgment of the
District Court of Lawrence County, Alabama, the Honorable
Angela D. Terry presiding, is REINSTATED. It is further
ORDERED that, unless granted directly or necessarily by
this instant order, all other motions and requests for
relief are DENIED. It is further
ORDERED that the Clerk of this court shall publish this
order as a final judgment in accord with Ala.R.Civ.P. 5(b)
and 77(d).
DONE this 4th day of November, 2019.
/s/ MARK B CRAIG
CIRCUIT JUDGE

A FACE Success Story for Nosey! 11/10/2017

Nosey is one of the fortunate ones and is known throughout the world as the “poster child” for captive elephants. After nearly 3 decades of documented violations of the Animal Welfare Act by Nosey’s “owner”, and due largely in part to the efforts of FACE, she was seized on the side of the road in deplorable conditions in Alabama on November 10th, 2017. The seizure was set into motion after a local animal control officer was called by a concerned citizen. Nosey was transported to The GFAS accredited Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee where she remains today. She is no longer subjected to the horrors of circus life that all performing elephants suffer. Nosey now receives the finest expert veterinary care, continuous fresh water, nutritious food, fresh browse, mud puddles to play in and trees to debark. Most importantly, Nosey now has the FREEDOM to do what she wants when SHE wants. Nosey had been deprived of so many things that are a natural part of being an elephant since she was transported from Zimbabwe to Florida in 1982. Nosey was one of these elephants.

Over 30 years of captivity , this was Nosey:

Nosey with people riding on her back reveals what poor condition she was in before her rescue.

But then because a local citizen took ACTION and picked up the phone,

Nosey’s luxury transport arrived to wisk her away to a life in sanctuary. 

Help arrived and now Nosey is FREE in Sanctuary!

Sweet Sanctuary for Nosey! 11/10/2017  After 2 years of appeals by her previous owners, the case has been decided! 

November 4th, 2019 Nosey remains at The Elephant Sanctuary permanently by order of Judge Mark Craig.

***UPDATE TO NOSEY’S COURT CASE!
On November 4th, 2019 Judge Mark Craig gave his FINAL ORDER:

ORDER OF DISMISSAL OF APPEAL
AND REINTSTATEMENT OF LOWER COURT JUDGMENT
THE PARTIES appeared through counsel for consideration
of pending motions, including the Plaintiff’s Motion for
Dismissal to Sanction Defendants’ Gross Misconduct and
Defiance of Court Orders (doc. 120). The court heard
arguments of the parties concerning these motions. Upon
consideration of all matters of proper record, of the
written arguments and briefs of the parties, of the oral
arguments made during the hearing, of the applicable law, of
the court’s ability or inability to afford practical relief
and of every other matter related to the issues raised in
the motions before the court, the court announced its
rulings in open court. In accord with the announced rulings,
it is
ORDERED that this appeal for trial de novo is DISMISSED
WITH PREJUDICE.
It is further ORDERED that the January 22, 2018, judgment of the
District Court of Lawrence County, Alabama, the Honorable
Angela D. Terry presiding, is REINSTATED. It is further
ORDERED that, unless granted directly or necessarily by
this instant order, all other motions and requests for
relief are DENIED. It is further
ORDERED that the Clerk of this court shall publish this
order as a final judgment in accord with Ala.R.Civ.P. 5(b)
and 77(d).
DONE this 4th day of November, 2019.
/s/ MARK B CRAIG
CIRCUIT JUDGE 

There are still dozens of elephants in North America in circuses and roadside zoos that need our help. Will you help us help them?

DONATE to FACE.  link here to donate 100% of your donation will go directly towards our efforts. Please see our current campaigns link here to campaigns to get captive elephants to sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and towards improving the lives of elephants not likely to be released.