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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: 42,627
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 26, 2016 Jodi Igard
Jul 25, 2016 Gilbert Kachmar
Jul 25, 2016 Luette Guilmette
Jul 25, 2016 mario forchelli
Jul 25, 2016 jane gilmore
Jul 24, 2016 Andrew Sulay
Jul 24, 2016 CHERYL HARRISON
Jul 24, 2016 сергей борисов
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) Out with the antiquated, cruel ways. Humane treatment of all beings!
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 Priscilla Rodriguez
Jul 22, 2016 Thamy Piacenti Ferreira
Jul 22, 2016 natalie collins
Jul 22, 2016 Mary Ann Rosso
Jul 22, 2016 corinne miller
Jul 22, 2016 Peggy Gonsalves
Jul 22, 2016 Isabel Owen
Jul 22, 2016 Michelle Wade
Jul 22, 2016 Helena Berg
Jul 22, 2016 Patricia Lyman
Jul 22, 2016 Jennifer Boddaert
Jul 21, 2016 Diana Frunzi
Jul 21, 2016 cheryl futch
Jul 21, 2016 Irene Cohen Anything that inflicts pain is inappropriate for training/controlling animals.
Jul 20, 2016 Jacob Spillman
Jul 20, 2016 Mary DANDREA
Jul 17, 2016 Carole Kubik
Jul 17, 2016 Ricardo Lafare
Jul 17, 2016 Monneron Sophie
Jul 16, 2016 Suzette Hoyt
Jul 16, 2016 claudia May
Jul 16, 2016 catherine mengani
Jul 15, 2016 Debbie Cornell
Jul 15, 2016 Rudy Best
Jul 15, 2016 Susan Rano
Jul 15, 2016 Maria Dorsey
Jul 15, 2016 Wendy Bise
Jul 15, 2016 Rebecca Soifer
Jul 15, 2016 Eleonora Bacchini
Jul 14, 2016 Mj Sheerin
Jul 14, 2016 Ken stein
Jul 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2016 Erin Sanders
Jul 13, 2016 lizabeth forsse
Jul 13, 2016 lisa beaver
Jul 13, 2016 Tamara Brannin Abusing animals to teach them tricks is disgusting. They aren't meant for entertainment and anyone using them should have have tried on them. Elephants are gentle creatures and breaking them down for tricks should be banned. We speak for them, will you?
Jul 13, 2016 Misty Trempt
Jul 13, 2016 Lynn Kahl Circuses should be banned - period. They exploit animals and are "entertaining" to only the lowest forms of humans. There is NO reason for them to continue in the 21st century.
Jul 13, 2016 Judi Dietz
Jul 12, 2016 Jill Dione

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