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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: 43,847
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


Jun 24, 2017 André Henrique Bacci
Jun 24, 2017 M Miller
Jun 23, 2017 Sally Allen
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Jun 22, 2017 Diana Zimmerman
Jun 22, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Jules Minton
Jun 22, 2017 Ольга Малютина
Jun 20, 2017 wendy nolan
Jun 20, 2017 RoxAnna Anthony
Jun 20, 2017 ANNE Gilbert
Jun 20, 2017 ALESSANDRO ROMEO
Jun 20, 2017 Debra long
Jun 20, 2017 marianne louvet
Jun 20, 2017 jean louvet
Jun 20, 2017 annick louvet
Jun 19, 2017 carine Lang
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Jun 19, 2017 Jana Williams
Jun 19, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jun 19, 2017 Anna Krohn
Jun 19, 2017 Martine Sulpice
Jun 19, 2017 sylvie taliercio
Jun 19, 2017 serge gendron
Jun 19, 2017 carol holm
Jun 19, 2017 Christina Adkins
Jun 19, 2017 Jennifer Phillips
Jun 19, 2017 Yolanda Hershey
Jun 19, 2017 Michèle Lebourg
Jun 19, 2017 gem Lomath I helped bring down barnam and bailey so you are small fry to me Just watch ....
Jun 19, 2017 Andreas Sachs
Jun 19, 2017 annie boulanger
Jun 19, 2017 cabal valerie
Jun 18, 2017 annie george
Jun 18, 2017 Milly Morrisey Disgraceful
Jun 18, 2017 Christine Puy
Jun 18, 2017 Linda Baatz
Jun 18, 2017 nathalie demeulemeester
Jun 18, 2017 Rolande DUMONT
Jun 18, 2017 karine auvray
Jun 18, 2017 Laurence Violet
Jun 18, 2017 suzy devaux
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Jun 18, 2017 michel/bernadette charlier/gustin
Jun 18, 2017 joelle barrrier
Jun 18, 2017 Joelle SACHET
Jun 18, 2017 Rob Windsor
Jun 17, 2017 julie folley
Jun 16, 2017 Kim Lacost

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