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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: 41,448
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


Feb 7, 2016 Jillian Miller
Feb 7, 2016 Judith Knouff
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 6, 2016 Nowell Overby
Feb 5, 2016 Florence Montague
Feb 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2016 Ellen McConnell
Feb 5, 2016 Lacey Collins
Feb 5, 2016 Karen Ven Roy
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Donna hernandez
Feb 3, 2016 Claudia Evens
Feb 3, 2016 Silva Kruzic
Feb 3, 2016 L. Freitag
Feb 3, 2016 Maria Stonestreet
Feb 3, 2016 Janet Seavitte
Feb 3, 2016 Suzanne Ursula Lebon NO ANIMALS IN CIRCUSSES...
Feb 3, 2016 Michelle Wilson
Feb 2, 2016 Bryan Martin
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Weprin
Feb 1, 2016 Anna Dougall
Feb 1, 2016 Brent Finkbiner Please STOP using bullhooks FOR GODS SAKE
Jan 31, 2016 Robyn Harding Barbaric and downright cruel. I would like to give you a taste of a bullhook.
Jan 31, 2016 Gerry collins
Jan 30, 2016 Doreen f
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Michelle Gorton
Jan 29, 2016 kathie kern
Jan 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2016 Robin Ingram
Jan 27, 2016 Maryanne Thompson
Jan 27, 2016 Debra Riddle These animals do not deserve this level of abuse & cruelty. Humans are a shameful species, they don't deserve the beauty of this planet.
Jan 27, 2016 Gudrun Lutter
Jan 26, 2016 Christine Humphreys
Jan 26, 2016 John Costanzo
Jan 26, 2016 debra enriquez
Jan 26, 2016 Alice Turlo
Jan 26, 2016 William McFadden
Jan 26, 2016 Georgina Puente
Jan 25, 2016 Grace Kelly This ban is a must but the bigger must is STOP REMOVING WILD ANIMALS FROM NATURE AND RUINING THEIR LIVES IN CAPTIVITY THAT CAN'T EVER PROVIDE THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH GOD INTENDED THEM TO LIVE! Want to learn about them? GO ONLINE. Watch animal planet.
Jan 25, 2016 Elena S
Jan 24, 2016 Catherine Breithaupt
Jan 24, 2016 nelida garcia
Jan 24, 2016 Lauren Niser Horrible!!!!
Jan 24, 2016 Linda Marasco
Jan 24, 2016 Gloria Taylor
Jan 23, 2016 Kimberly Zelinski
Jan 23, 2016 Barbara Galinkin
Jan 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2016 Karyn Benjamin

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