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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: 43,926
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


Jul 22, 2017 Sandy Tesar
Jul 21, 2017 Stephanie Popiak
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Freedman
Jul 19, 2017 Estella Edwards
Jul 19, 2017 Janette Spencer Animals are not for entertainment! No animal should be in a circus and no one should use bullhooks! Leave animals in the wild, where they belong!!
Jul 19, 2017 Kevi Martel
Jul 18, 2017 Kelsey Reinhard
Jul 18, 2017 Sherry McCullough
Jul 18, 2017 Helena Freeman
Jul 18, 2017 Sandi Muise This is a disgusting practice which should have been banned years ago - why wasnt it??? Animals feel, animals fear, animals deserve help from those who can ameliorate their living conditions. PLEASE HELP!!!
Jul 18, 2017 Janice Flood
Jul 17, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jul 14, 2017 melissa suarez
Jul 14, 2017 Bonnie Walsh
Jul 14, 2017 Rex De Silva
Jul 14, 2017 KATHRYN PIERCE
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 robin white
Jul 14, 2017 Gerald Brimhall
Jul 14, 2017 June Collins Stop the use of cruel bull hooks.
Jul 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Jul 11, 2017 Bonnie Spangenberg
Jul 10, 2017 Lori Kegler Ban captivity of animals for entertainment, period.
Jul 10, 2017 ken martin
Jul 9, 2017 Lucia Sanford
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes lets help and protect and defend all kinds and all types and all breeds of animals from against all types and all kinds of animal cruelty and animal abuse because these poor animals needs our help so lets help these animals against these savages
Jul 9, 2017 Christine HENRI
Jul 8, 2017 Tatiana Bocharova
Jul 7, 2017 Kelly Charlshe
Jul 7, 2017 Hannah Fusselman
Jul 7, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jul 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 Sharifah Farah Debah Syed Mohammad
Jul 5, 2017 S G
Jul 5, 2017 Linda Riddell Shouldn't be any circuses or zoos period. Sad that people who should be humane think its okay to treat an animal in an inhumane manner. Please get rid of the bullhooks.
Jul 5, 2017 Cassie Alford
Jul 4, 2017 Cyrille GOURMAUD
Jul 3, 2017 Anne Griffin
Jul 3, 2017 Kristin Johnson
Jul 3, 2017 Chris McWilliams
Jul 3, 2017 pat griffey
Jul 3, 2017 Wendy Smith
Jul 3, 2017 Michelle Pasquino
Jul 3, 2017 Marge Schwartz
Jul 1, 2017 Kostas Grigorakis
Jun 29, 2017 Gladys soto
Jun 29, 2017 Christine Rochette
Jun 28, 2017 A martinez
Jun 28, 2017 Tigerlily Hayward

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