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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: 43,430
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


Mar 30, 2017 Sandra DeFazio
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Madeleine Oliveland
Mar 29, 2017 JOSEFA ARANA
Mar 29, 2017 Harpreet kaur
Mar 28, 2017 Katy Johnson
Mar 28, 2017 Vicki de Bruin
Mar 28, 2017 Christine Elie
Mar 28, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Mar 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2017 maria shepard
Mar 28, 2017 kathy brotherton
Mar 28, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Mar 28, 2017 Maria cristina Arthur -Roeder
Mar 28, 2017 Kelly Nestelroad
Mar 27, 2017 Dana Albanese
Mar 26, 2017 Linda Rohret
Mar 25, 2017 Lydia Johns
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Beatrice Narbona
Mar 23, 2017 Sharon Gilman
Mar 23, 2017 Jenna Wilson
Mar 23, 2017 carol king
Mar 23, 2017 sheryl claxton
Mar 23, 2017 Dennis Dougherty
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 Tatiana Gajdosova
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
Mar 21, 2017 Isabella Gurnick
Mar 21, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 19, 2017 Darren Anderson
Mar 19, 2017 Lisa Vaugh
Mar 18, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Mar 17, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 16, 2017 Kathy Dorr
Mar 16, 2017 Hope Dwyer
Mar 16, 2017 Heidi Mugrauer
Mar 15, 2017 Charles Jos Biviano
Mar 15, 2017 kathy raggio
Mar 15, 2017 CARMEN FEITO
Mar 15, 2017 SALI EVANS
Mar 15, 2017 Carolyn Walters
Mar 15, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 15, 2017 Kayann Ramos

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