Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

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SATELLITE BCH, FL   |  http://freeallcaptiveelephants.org

Mission

To provide education, intervention and litigation that will lead to sanctuary of ALL elephants inhumanely held in captivity in circuses and zoos in North America.

Notes from the nonprofit

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc. name change from Save Nosey Now, Inc. occurred in 2019. After our work with Nosey the elephant resulted in her rescue to sanctuary from a horrid circus, we decided to change our name to reflect our mission to "Free ALL Captive Elephants". We maintain our original EIN 82-0815762

Ruling year info

2017

President

Robin Vitulle

Vice President

Dee Gaug

Main address

1071 S. Patrick Drive Suite 372722

SATELLITE BCH, FL 32937 USA

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Formerly known as

Save Nosey Now, Inc.

EIN

82-0815762

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Captive elephants in North America in circuses and zoos are deprived of all that is natural to them. Many live in completely impoverished conditions and their lives are cut short due to neglect and abuse. The closing of the infamous Ringling Brothers Circus in May of 2017 did not mark the end of cruelty perpetrated on elephants forced into captivity. Between 25-30 traveling circuses with caged, wild animals continue to travel and operate in the U.S.. Currently there are over 60 elephants (and hundreds of other animals) still being used for human entertainment. Circus animal cruelty and exploitation is rampant. 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.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Asha The Elephant - Natural Bridge Zoo, Virginia

Asha, 39, African female elephant who was born in Zimbabwe between 1982-83, lost her entire family in a horrific slaughter orchestrated by the government of Zimbabwe in 1984. She was sent to the USA by the Shultze Co. to later be exploited by the Natural Bridge Zoo (NBZ), in Virginia at only two years old. Asha was a frightened baby destined for a life of human torture. The NBZ has over 100 violations of the Animal Welfare Act, has had it’s permit suspended twice. Yet both state and federal agencies continue to renew the zoo’s exhibitor permit year after year.
Asha spends most of her life in an uheated barn on a concrete floor giving backbreaking rides to thousands of visitors every year. It’s time she be sent to a sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). FACE is working to expose the decades of public complaints to the agencies tasked with protecting Asha. Our goal, to have Virginia authorities seize Asha and place her into a GFAS sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This documentary peels back the layers of government complacency and complicit acts (at both state and federal levels) which led not only to the torture that Nosey the Elephant endured, but also continues today with dozens of other elephants who languish in circuses and road-side zoos all over the United States.

This new documentary will expose the horrific truth of the lives of performing elephants.

The stark difference of how elephants are forced to exist and are inhumanely treated in captivity, as opposed to their natural life in the wild, is gut-wrenching. Our production will leave you with no doubt as to what is very wrong with elephants in captivity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CIRCUS TRACKING is VITAL
in helping elephants suffering in circuses.
Where are Viola and Isa? Bunny and Libby?
Betty, Cindy, Janice & Vickie? Okha, Kosti and Megue?
LuLu, Chang and Isla? …and numerous others.
What REALLY happened to sweet Anna Louise before she secretly died?
Why was Beulah permitted to be used until her last breath?

Tracking of elephants in circuses is key in
documentation for rescue to
TRUE sanctuary…before it’s too late.
IT WAS THROUGH FACE’S CIRCUS TRACKING EFFORTS
THAT NOSEY WAS SPOTTED AND ULTIMATELY SEIZED ON
THE SIDE OF THE ROAD IN ALABAMA.
Circuses with elephants such as Carden International, Shriners, Loomis Bros., and Carson & Barnes all have brutal touring schedules and cover thousands of miles. Circus tracking is vital in documentation of the abuse occurring while on the road. Public awareness is key to ending the suffering elephants have endured for centuries. We can’t sit back and allow the abuse to go on. And we won’t.

Population(s) Served
Adults

FACE works continuously with legislators around the country to improve the conditions and protections for elephants on both the state and federal levels
TEAPSPA
Help Free All Captive Elephants (FACE), support TEAPSPA – With the passage of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, TEAPSPA, H.R. 2863, 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.

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 after the camaign to Stop Circus Suffering in Latin America was launched by Animal Defenders International (ADI). 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, Costa Rica, Peru, India and Lebanon. Let Congress know it is time to pass TEAPSPA!

The Traveling Exotic Animal Public Safety Protection Act, TEAPSPA is a federal bill that is currently pending. If passed, this bill will prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances in the United States.

On May 21, 2019, Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and David Schweikert (R-AZ) reintroduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, TEAPSPA, H.R. 2863, to amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances. On July 15, 2019, a companion bill, S2121, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Contact your Senators and Representatives today in support of TEAPSPA. Phone calls are especially effective. Please follow up your action with a call. Constituent voices are very powerful and can open doors to the most surprising places.

Support TEAPSPA to help end wild animal suffering in traveling acts across the United States.

FACE and numerous animal advocacy organizations join with Animal Defenders International (ADI), who are leading the charge to get this important piece of legislation passed. YOU can help end the suffering of animals in circuses. Find out exactly what you can do.

Click HERE to Find: YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR AND TAKE ACTION

TEAPSPA bill language: Ten Reasons to Support TEAPSPA: Federal Circus Bill

https://www.facebook.com/765962847090166/posts/1071229156563532?sfns=mo
https://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/Jan%202020%20TEAPSPA%20Update.pdf

Nosey’s Law
On December 14th, 2018 FACE along with Senator Nilsa Cruz – Perez, Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Raj Makurji, former New Jersey Senator and champion of Nosey’s Law, Raymond J. Lesniak, and other key organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, with New Jersey Director Brian Hackett, were victorious in getting Nosey’s Law passed. Nosey’s Law made New Jersey the first state in the nation to ban all wild and exotic animals in traveling animal acts. Several other states have followed suit and other states have bills pending. FACE Directors were there from the beginning in Trenton, New Jersey to testify in front of both the House and Senate Committees. FACE was there for every vote presented along the way. We took vital action to support Nosey’s Law through phone calls, emails, knocking on legislator’s doors and rallying constituents in New Jersey to do the same. Legislation is KEY to ending the suffering of elephants in circuses across the nation
Trenton, NJ – Rally for Nosey’s Law and Protest against the Garden Bros. Circus organized by FACE on October 14th, 2018 at the Cure Insurance Arena. Retired NJ Senator Raymond J. Lesniak leading the charge for actions taken that day. Due to Nosey’s Law enacted on December 14th, 2018, this was the final Garden Bros.Circus in NJ.

On April 4, 2019, 174 Congressional Members from both sides of the aisle, sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), officials requesting more funding for animal welfare and calling them out on numerous issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Advocacy Excellence Award 2019

Lesniak Institute of American Leadership

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FACE (www.freeallcaptiveelephants.org) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization committed to rescuing captive elephants in North America and getting them to sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS is the gold standard for sanctuaries around the world. The work FACE does is vital in the process of getting captive elephants to the sanctuaries waiting and ready to receive them.

Our mission is to provide education, intervention, and litigation that will lead to sanctuary for ALL elephants inhumanly held in captivity in in North America. We will achieve this through our organizational programs that address the abuse that elephants in North America are forced to endure.

Our vision is to ultimately see that ALL elephants in North America currently living in inhumane conditions are released and sent to GFAS sanctuaries to live out the rest of their lives. We are also committed to expanding our work to support and facilitate the opening of more GFAS accredited sanctuaries for rescued elephants once the two GFAS sanctuaries currently operating in the U.S. near their capacity

We will achieve our goals though education, advocacy, legislation and litigation:

We will educate the public, law makers and law enforcement agencies by raising awareness of the suffering of captive elephants. Through our website, social media, fundraising campaigns, speaking engagements and distribution of our documentary film to increase awareness of our mission and vision and bring more supporters in to increase the impact of our work and raise the funds needed to achieve our goals.

Through grassroots advocacy, FACE will continue to conduct undercover investigations to document violations of the Animal Welfare Act as well as state laws and local ordinances to lay the groundwork for future litigation when appropriate.

FACE and our partners are responsible for most of the lobbying, new legislation and education that occurs in the U.S. on behalf of elephants in roadside zoos and circuses. We continue to lobby in support of needed legislative change on behalf of captive elephants. We work to influence lawmakers to support legislative changes needed to alleviate the suffering of animals in circuses and roadside zoos including the passage of the federal Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) which, when passed, will prohibit traveling circuses that use exotic animals nationwide.

The leadership of FACE is working to ensure long-term sustainability by continually identifying and soliciting funders with the greatest likelihood for long-term support. Our fundraising team is working to identify a comprehensive assessment of existing funding sources and their reliability will guide us in refining our financial sustainability strategy for the long-term. This strategy includes a plan to secure long-term support for our operating expenses which will support our actions in the field, social media outreach, maintenance of our website, collaboration with elephant experts, litigation, and other instances that present themselves in our field of work.

• FACE Vice President, Dee Gaug, worked tirelessly for three years (2017-2019) to have the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) strengthen and enforce their elephant ride regulations. As a direct result of these efforts, the old rules were repealed and new rules were adopted requiring increased training and protections for operators and the public, bans on the use of elephants that have caused serious injuries or deaths, and fixed fencing that is at least 44 inches high around the ride area.
• FACE was instrumental in the Passage of Nosey’s Law in New Jersey, December 14, 2018.
• Working with Senator David Marsden on more stringent regulations and enforcement for zoo animals in Virginia with the goal of ensuring that the Commonwealth of Virginia will, at a bare minimum, adopt the AZA (American Zoological Association) standards for zoos.
• Utilizing social media to build a strong network of supporters, many of whom are conducting their own campaigns in support of captive elephants and other animals. Posting Actions for members to take in their areas where circuses are setting up shows, and supporting those members in any actions that they take.
• Formed partnerships with: Humane Society of the United States, Animal Defense International, In Defense of Animals, the Animal Defense Partnership.
• In collaboration with The Humane Society of the United States, The Animal Defense Partnership and others, FACE submitted a detailed letter to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) urging, among other things, that DGIF not renew the Natural Bridge Zoo's (NBZ) Permit to Exhibit Wild Animals in Virginia and seize the animals at the zoo including Asha the Elephant.
• Face Vice President, Dee Gaug was asked to be on a panel at both the Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants Conference and The Performing Animal Welfare Society’s International Captive Welfare Conference.
• FACE Board of Directors, President, Robin Vitulle, Michelle Weirich and Adrienne Possenti were presented with the Lesniak Institute 2019 Advocacy Excellence Award at their annual Fall Gala on November 19, 2019. This award recognized our: success in our work to FREE NOSEY the elephant; work on Nosey's Law in New Jersey; boots on the ground work for elephants including protests, rallies, working together with former Senator Raymond Lesniak and the Lesniak Institute to make legislative changes; social media outreach; support for TEAPSPA bill for a national law to ban wild and exotic animals in traveling animal acts across the NATION; production of our documentary film; ASHA Billboard campaign and litigation to bring awareness to ASHA the elephant suffering in a roadside zoo; giving back to the community and for the hard work of spreading awareness and education about the real suffering of captive elephants in circuses and zoos across the nation.

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Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robin Vitulle

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Term: 2017 - 2026


Board co-chair

Dee Gaug

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Term: 2017 - 2026

Denise Gaug

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Robin Vitulle

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Michelle Weirich

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Susan Smith

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Adrienne Possenti

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/17/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/15/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.