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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: 44,152
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


Sep 26, 2017 Virginia DeRasmi
Sep 26, 2017 Maria Hlushtchyk Just close down all circuses! Dont support the abuse!
Sep 26, 2017 C. Marie Hlushtchyk Close down ALL circuses! Circuses=Animal Abuse!
Sep 25, 2017 Liss Petardi
Sep 25, 2017 Terri Robb Use these things on the cruel people who think this is OK. It is NOT!
Sep 25, 2017 patricia remollino The people that are doing this to animals should be put aside and have it done to them!
Sep 25, 2017 Marie Perry
Sep 24, 2017 Mona Manera
Sep 24, 2017 Terri Lynch
Sep 24, 2017 Linda Jackson
Sep 24, 2017 Joanne Martinez
Sep 24, 2017 Andre Meaux
Sep 24, 2017 LUCINDA BURGESS
Sep 24, 2017 mary gavin
Sep 24, 2017 Elena Shcherbakova
Sep 23, 2017 валерия ланцова
Sep 23, 2017 Lorraine Socorro
Sep 23, 2017 Alice black
Sep 22, 2017 Andrew Perry
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Sep 21, 2017 Julie Novell
Sep 21, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 21, 2017 robert danaher
Sep 21, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Sep 20, 2017 Claire Campbell
Sep 20, 2017 Ruth Tranquillo How could a human even do this?? What is wrong with, so called humans???
Sep 20, 2017 Kelly Hahn
Sep 20, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Sep 20, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Sep 20, 2017 Kim Hanke
Sep 20, 2017 Becky Garcia
Sep 20, 2017 Jackie Bailey
Sep 20, 2017 Melody McLaughlin
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 16, 2017 Laura Altman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 13, 2017 Maxine Clark
Sep 12, 2017 t m
Sep 11, 2017 Jo Ellen Smith Please stop the horrible cruelty, abuse, beatings, bullhook use against Nosey the elephant and all the circus animals. This is pathetic. These people are psychotic monsters!
Sep 11, 2017 Sebastian Garcia
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 cali cheshelski
Sep 10, 2017 mizara la
Sep 9, 2017 Grisell Garcia
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 8, 2017 Merianna Propisnova

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