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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: 44,036
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


Aug 18, 2017 Sophia Lim
Aug 18, 2017 Sylvie GENARD
Aug 18, 2017 Attila Teberoglu
Aug 17, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Aug 17, 2017 Claudia Martins
Aug 17, 2017 Veronica Pine
Aug 17, 2017 Fausta Dimascio
Aug 16, 2017 Candi Gaona
Aug 16, 2017 Lynne Pateman
Aug 16, 2017 Eileen Duppstadt
Aug 16, 2017 sandra falconi
Aug 16, 2017 Stacy Gold
Aug 16, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Aug 16, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Aug 16, 2017 sandra ruterman
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Tracey Lennon
Aug 16, 2017 Josette Mitchell
Aug 16, 2017 Jen Houston
Aug 16, 2017 Vivian Lieb
Aug 16, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 16, 2017 Ingrid Lezcano
Aug 16, 2017 Thereann Lisa
Aug 15, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Aug 15, 2017 Mj jacobs
Aug 15, 2017 Jean Heaps
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Victoria Anderson
Aug 15, 2017 Linda Dwinell
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 Vanessa Urbina
Aug 14, 2017 Serenella Castri
Aug 14, 2017 Fiona Wright
Aug 14, 2017 Rita K Curtis
Aug 14, 2017 Audrey Dorsett This is disgusting and cruel.
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Smith
Aug 14, 2017 Cristina Rodriguez
Aug 14, 2017 Kristin Burke
Aug 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 cara frame Any circus that uses animals should be banned altogether
Aug 10, 2017 Catherine D.
Aug 9, 2017 Lauri Moon
Aug 8, 2017 Jenna Huntington
Aug 8, 2017 Lisa Butler
Aug 8, 2017 V Hirschhorn
Aug 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2017 C. Scott
Aug 5, 2017 dana newsom
Aug 5, 2017 Lori Soldanels

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