" Meanwhile, Ned’s trainer, Lance Ramos, remains a USDA-licensed exhibitor while the case for revocation of his license is on appeal. He and his father, Manuel Ramos, have a history of violating the Animal Welfare Act since 1989. (click here for more information about the Ramos family) He has in his control other animals, including big cats, zebras and camels.
This case has strong parallels to the case of John Davenport, former proprietor of the King Royal Circus. The USDA has allowed Davenport to continue business as usual despite revocation of his license (due to the death of a baby elephant) and his failure to pay the $200,000 fine levied against him. Click here for more information on this case. "
Please express your appreciation for Ned's rescue. The USDA, through the urging of the IDA, made a commitment to animal welfare and it would be very nice for them to hear praises from us and not only complaints. You can send your thanks to :
Elizabeth Goldentyer, DVMEastern Regional Director, USDA, APHIS, Animal CareEmail: Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov
Dr. Chester A. Gipson, Deputy Administrator, USDA, APHIS, Animal CareEmail: Chester.A.Gipson@usda.gov
Ned arrives at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Born in 1987; Free in 2008.
UPDATE: Ned passed away on May 15, 2009. In his life, he enjoyed six months of freedom and love.