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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: 44,397
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


Feb 19, 2018 Betty Kowall
Feb 19, 2018 Kerstin Murr
Feb 19, 2018 Pamela Llewellyn
Feb 18, 2018 Diane Norris
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 15, 2018 Beth Cihak
Feb 15, 2018 Terance Murphy
Feb 15, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 15, 2018 jacqueline stuart
Feb 14, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 14, 2018 Mark Butler
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 14, 2018 tara labrie
Feb 14, 2018 Christine Covindassamy
Feb 13, 2018 Gina Lippa
Feb 11, 2018 Mary Stallard
Feb 11, 2018 Nancy Warner
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda McWilliams
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Mary Price
Feb 9, 2018 Donna Tanner
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2018 Elizabeth Holmes-Luciano
Jan 24, 2018 lLeslie s
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Herbert Wassserman
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 12, 2018 Kay Lowe
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Andie Cogswell
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Bonnie Reeves
Dec 29, 2017 Judy Budge
Dec 28, 2017 Jemma Meecham
Dec 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2017 marge beck
Dec 28, 2017 cathy nolane
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 20, 2017 Sheryl Segraves

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