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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: 43,310
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 24, 2017 Franziska Gerhardt
Feb 24, 2017 Gerlinde Holzer
Feb 24, 2017 Marion Schorr
Feb 24, 2017 lydia zink
Feb 24, 2017 Carole Mathews
Feb 24, 2017 Bine Regensburger
Feb 24, 2017 Carla Maxey
Feb 24, 2017 Bolly Maus
Feb 24, 2017 Iris Reinhard
Feb 24, 2017 LOEUIL Regine
Feb 24, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Feb 24, 2017 Maria Klein
Feb 24, 2017 Frank Ehmke
Feb 24, 2017 Sabine Mayr
Feb 24, 2017 Renate Ebrecht
Feb 24, 2017 Debbie Gibson
Feb 24, 2017 Karin Guenther
Feb 24, 2017 Maryrose Markham
Feb 24, 2017 Serge De Stobbeleere
Feb 24, 2017 Nathalie Urban
Feb 24, 2017 Michele Wilkinson
Feb 24, 2017 Heather Woolley Stop these circuses keeping animals full stop!!
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Chris Usami
Feb 24, 2017 carol Genyea Kaplan Using billhooks is barbaric there are other words : cruel, hateful, stupid, inhumane, & sinful.
Feb 23, 2017 Theresa Tucker
Feb 23, 2017 steven rule
Feb 23, 2017 Alson Sachs
Feb 23, 2017 Katarzyna Weiss
Feb 23, 2017 Abigayle Groover
Feb 23, 2017 susan besford
Feb 23, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Feb 23, 2017 Gabriele Radtke
Feb 23, 2017 Pamela Miguez
Feb 22, 2017 Natalia Avila
Feb 22, 2017 danuta radko
Feb 22, 2017 Beth Wood
Feb 21, 2017 Gene Swanson
Feb 21, 2017 Tina Keeling
Feb 21, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Feb 21, 2017 Ronda Maples
Feb 21, 2017 Lisa Voile
Feb 21, 2017 Darlene Baneky
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Dawn Riemer
Feb 21, 2017 Gina Lledo
Feb 21, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Feb 21, 2017 Emma Kathan
Feb 21, 2017 Kris Michael
Feb 21, 2017 marja leino

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