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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: 41,961
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


May 1, 2016 Ashley Johnson
Apr 30, 2016 Katalin Kónya-Jakus
Apr 30, 2016 Jean T Truitt
Apr 30, 2016 Rhaathey Kishna
Apr 29, 2016 Debra Curci
Apr 29, 2016 Susan Swift
Apr 29, 2016 lilas giorgi
Apr 29, 2016 Connie Muniz
Apr 28, 2016 Valeria Santos
Apr 28, 2016 bonnie e
Apr 28, 2016 Victoria Peck
Apr 28, 2016 Nélia Camara
Apr 27, 2016 Mary Best
Apr 27, 2016 Joanna Zacari
Apr 27, 2016 William Wall
Apr 27, 2016 linda henderson
Apr 27, 2016 Amy Russell
Apr 27, 2016 William Weaver
Apr 27, 2016 Marisol Ackerman
Apr 27, 2016 Leah Hess
Apr 27, 2016 Theresa LaFata-White
Apr 27, 2016 Terri OBlisk
Apr 27, 2016 Janice Flood
Apr 27, 2016 Charlotte Gray
Apr 27, 2016 Tracy Kearnes
Apr 27, 2016 Mary DeGraw
Apr 26, 2016 Pamela Didia
Apr 26, 2016 Lisa Belaski
Apr 25, 2016 Elaine Carey
Apr 25, 2016 Mark Warren
Apr 25, 2016 Velda Wells
Apr 24, 2016 Monika Pellegrini
Apr 24, 2016 Carolyn Sharpless
Apr 24, 2016 Kelleen Farrell
Apr 24, 2016 DeLynda Brown
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 21, 2016 donna owens
Apr 21, 2016 Susan rittain Stop using bullhooks on these gentle creatures. Somebody should use a bullhook on you so you can see how it feels. And if they can't get anyone to do it I will volunteer!
Apr 21, 2016 Sinead McKeown Ban all circuses and put an end to these beautiful animals pain.
Apr 21, 2016 Christine O'Brien Cruel and unethical. How people could be so mean to innocent animals is just something I can't relate to!!
Apr 21, 2016 Claudio Bucci
Apr 21, 2016 Donna Castaneda Stop this disgusting practice on these sensitive intelligent creatures. Animals use for entertainment must be stopped.
Apr 21, 2016 Martina Behla
Apr 19, 2016 yvonne points
Apr 18, 2016 MJ Cloyd
Apr 17, 2016 Elaine Fischer Use of positive reinforcement is both kinder AND more effective!
Apr 17, 2016 julia moore these people are disgusting excuses for human beings beautiful animals are tortured because of these low life scum. ban all animal circuses and lock up the abusers of these amazing animals
Apr 16, 2016 Jennifer Cox I loved the circus as a kid,but knowing now what happens behind the scenes is mortifying.I think that lifestyle is very hard on any of those animals & circuses should be limited to dare devil,acrobatic,comedy performances rather than acts w/ animals.
Apr 16, 2016 Carla Torti
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