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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: 42,441
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 27, 2016 Lynda Edwards
May 27, 2016 Paula Cesario
May 27, 2016 Alisha Allen
May 27, 2016 Reid Torosian
May 27, 2016 Steffi Franke
May 27, 2016 Beth Nordmeyer
May 26, 2016 Cheryl Rogers
May 26, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 26, 2016 karen Hurst They should be used on the trainers for a year or so to see just how it feels! Sick and cruel.
May 26, 2016 Melinda Robbins
May 25, 2016 vickie quiles
May 25, 2016 Emily Burke
May 25, 2016 Elaine Garrity In our "civilized" country, let's ban these cruel tools.
May 24, 2016 Natalie DeFilippo enough using animals for slaves.
May 24, 2016 debbie mason
May 23, 2016 Valentina Gambino
May 22, 2016 Jackylyn Mamador
May 21, 2016 Karen Fleming
May 21, 2016 Melinda Funk
May 21, 2016 Ronda Hammond-Dziak
May 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2016 Mary Naughton This is a crime
May 21, 2016 Kathleen Parsons Outlaw animals in circuses n zoos
May 20, 2016 Keith Beam
May 20, 2016 Denise Hunter
May 19, 2016 Deborah Rollins
May 19, 2016 Laney Smith
May 19, 2016 Diana Savage
May 19, 2016 Rena Doxey
May 19, 2016 Peggy Crowl
May 19, 2016 Theresa Rose
May 19, 2016 Beverley Ashland
May 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2016 julie ellis
May 18, 2016 Yolanda Bernhard
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 Dan Lunt
May 17, 2016 Charlene Beck
May 17, 2016 Annette Thor
May 17, 2016 kati tuomaala
May 16, 2016 Jeanne Edwards We all know bull hooks is not a communication tool. It's an abusive tool to instill horrible fear into elephants. Please stop this madness and let elephants be elephants. Ban the bull hook. Thank you
May 16, 2016 Kay Smith
May 16, 2016 wanda-kuky keller
May 16, 2016 misty carr
May 16, 2016 Gaia Lenzi
May 15, 2016 Natassia Green
May 15, 2016 Kathy Helgans Elephants are very intelligent animals with feelings and should not be in captivity to begin with but a good step towards getting them free is to ban these weapons they are unnecessary. These a beautiful animals and deserve respect.
May 15, 2016 Cesar Delgado
May 15, 2016 N. C. Rutherford So disgusting how humanity treats animals. All circus' should be outlawed as cruel, and barbaric. With the internet, all can see the truth about the real treatment of animals for show, food, furs, and abused pets. There is no excuse for anyone.
May 15, 2016 Lynn Parker

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