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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: 42,719
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 26, 2016 Marlène Bisson
Aug 25, 2016 J Botts
Aug 25, 2016 Pam Rodden
Aug 25, 2016 Lisa Norton
Aug 24, 2016 Cathy M Tonarelli
Aug 24, 2016 rebecca dussetschleger
Aug 24, 2016 lynn woods all animals should taken away from circuses or zoos also that use this cruel treatment circuses should be abolished
Aug 23, 2016 Maria Elisa Sharples
Aug 21, 2016 Alexander Dolowitz
Aug 21, 2016 Franziska Gerhardt
Aug 20, 2016 Vicky Brown
Aug 20, 2016 sarah makins
Aug 20, 2016 Juanice Burroughs
Aug 20, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2016 Janet smith
Aug 19, 2016 Rose Nichols
Aug 19, 2016 Paul Herbst
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 Melissa Hatfield
Aug 19, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan
Aug 17, 2016 Jovan Ljubenovic
Aug 17, 2016 Colleen McGovern
Aug 16, 2016 Roger Williams
Aug 16, 2016 Gisela Marsari
Aug 16, 2016 Mark Gable
Aug 16, 2016 carl romanik dispicable
Aug 15, 2016 Joan Lee
Aug 15, 2016 kristi thorpe
Aug 15, 2016 Amanda Bridgeman
Aug 15, 2016 corrine gonzales
Aug 15, 2016 MARCY PEVERELL
Aug 15, 2016 Susan Buschmann stop this barbaric torture wonderful animals that need to be out with there families
Aug 15, 2016 Fabienne Coilin
Aug 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2016 LORRAINE SANNICANDRO
Aug 15, 2016 Ad Lenders
Aug 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2016 michele gangemi
Aug 14, 2016 Karen Goranson Bullocks should be continually tested on the humans that do this to the animals. That might change things, maybe.
Aug 13, 2016 alicia jarrett
Aug 12, 2016 Jacqueline Blocker Please hear the voices of the people!! This is barbaric, and needs to be illegal 😳
Aug 12, 2016 Marcia Sutton
Aug 12, 2016 Melody Slothower
Aug 11, 2016 Kari Weinberg
Aug 11, 2016 Kelly French
Aug 11, 2016 Stanley Fistick
Aug 11, 2016 heatehr kirk
Aug 11, 2016 April Reyes

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