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On April 30, 2014, the Los Angeles city council unanimously voted to ban the use of bullhooks and other tools to inflict pain on animals within city limits. This huge win for animals goes into effect in 2017 to allow circuses time to change how they handle elephants. This is only the beginning of the fight! Sign the petition to support a nation-wide ban on these cruel tools!
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 44,600
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Many zoos and circuses today are using inhumane techniques to train their elephants. The methods often involve the use of a bullhook, or a tool used to poke and punish the animals. The bullhook is made of metal and is highly painful to the elephant. The trainer uses the tool to exert pressure on the elephant's sensitive areas and ultimately coax it into performing.

The use of bullhooks and other training methods that utilize pain or force are inhumane and simply should not be permitted for use anywhere. Though captive, these elephants still have the right to live healthy and comfortable lives without humans torturing them.

Sign the petition asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to prohibit the use of bullhooks along with other force-based techniques when it comes to training circus and zoo animals.

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Dear Secretary Vilsack,

As a concerned animal advocate, I am writing to voice my opinions on the use of bullhooks in zoos and circuses for the purpose of training animals. Most frequently, elephants are the victims of this method because they are so large and require a great deal of energy to train. However, there is no need to exert pain upon these poor creatures in the name of entertainment.

If we are going to remove wild animals from their natural habitats and place them in smaller, domesticated environments, we must ensure their quality of life does not decrease. Using objects such as bullhooks and other force-based techniques is cruel and inhumane. Human enjoyment isn't worth another creature having to suffer.

The elephants deserve to live in peace without being treated as slave animals. Zoos and circuses need to find ways to train their animals that don't harm them or make their lives worse. Please implement a ban on the use of bullhooks as well as force-based training methods altogether.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Apr 19, 2018 Roya Talezadeh
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 15, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 15, 2018 Alma Anderson
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 14, 2018 Lutgard Roelandt
Apr 14, 2018 SANDRA NOTI
Apr 13, 2018 Amanda Bunger
Apr 13, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Racquel Colinares
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Dee Authier
Apr 13, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Janet Glaspie
Apr 13, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
Apr 13, 2018 Gabrielle Ferro
Apr 13, 2018 dymphna agos
Apr 13, 2018 Marisol Ackerman
Apr 13, 2018 Karen McMurray
Apr 13, 2018 Ellen Kroesen
Apr 13, 2018 Tiffany Carder
Apr 13, 2018 Krist Kitchen
Apr 13, 2018 Sibilla Hellrigl
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 12, 2018 Anne Carlson
Apr 12, 2018 EMIR BOLUFFER
Apr 12, 2018 Lisa Kovacs
Apr 11, 2018 Renny Sherrow
Apr 11, 2018 Julie Haugen
Apr 11, 2018 susan shawket
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 11, 2018 Martina Giesen
Apr 10, 2018 Michael Stevenson
Apr 10, 2018 peggy Anderson Animals belong in the wild - not cages where they can't interact with other animals. The inhumane treatment they endure is barbaric and should be stopped.
Apr 9, 2018 Alyssa Clemenzi
Apr 9, 2018 Kareyl Vatlestad
Apr 9, 2018 Jeanette Hurley
Apr 9, 2018 Debbie Dawn Sage Animal Lives Matter.......
Apr 9, 2018 Kulkanda Pokasem
Apr 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2018 Elizabeth Pritchard
Apr 8, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 JEROME Bender
Apr 7, 2018 Flo Schneider
Apr 7, 2018 Sherry Ficarra

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