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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: 43,746
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 24, 2017 Friederike Barth
May 23, 2017 Luke Maziarek
May 23, 2017 Colleen Bashore
May 23, 2017 Nathan Fisher
May 23, 2017 monica lane
May 23, 2017 Gayle Edwards
May 23, 2017 Barbara Phillips
May 23, 2017 Monica Daniel-Marshall
May 23, 2017 Jennifer Day
May 22, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 22, 2017 Sue King
May 22, 2017 Marilyn Logan
May 21, 2017 Thalia Ventouris STOP!!
May 21, 2017 Tina Quinones
May 21, 2017 Lorraine Clemens
May 20, 2017 susan miller
May 20, 2017 Kristin Dubovsky
May 19, 2017 Sara Vilhena
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 bethzaida vicente
May 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 Cher Hester This is one of the many reasons why circuses should be banned for good!!
May 18, 2017 Erin McLaren
May 18, 2017 Vladimir Pimonov
May 17, 2017 Leslie Caplan
May 17, 2017 Irene Souder-Coyle It is bad enough these animals are forcibly removed from their homes. They should not be subjected to even further distress.
May 17, 2017 lisa hearn
May 16, 2017 Lisa Cruz
May 16, 2017 theresa Mitchum
May 16, 2017 Alanna Reuben
May 16, 2017 Janice Taylor
May 16, 2017 Cassi Redmond
May 16, 2017 Shannon Holmes
May 16, 2017 Susan Garton
May 16, 2017 Julie Craig
May 16, 2017 Linda Gibson
May 16, 2017 DIANE POOLE
May 16, 2017 Bruce Nix
May 16, 2017 Heather Alexander
May 16, 2017 Denise Garner
May 15, 2017 Наталья Пимонова
May 15, 2017 Justine WONT KNOW
May 15, 2017 Elena Burankova
May 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
May 13, 2017 Paola Venezia
May 12, 2017 MaryAnne Cox
May 11, 2017 Rama Bharadwaj
May 11, 2017 Alanna Maurina
May 11, 2017 Susan Spangler
May 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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