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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: 44,341
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


Nov 22, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Nov 22, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Nov 22, 2017 Brin Cunningham
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Jolie Alvarado It's cruel. Would you like it?
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Lucille Lietzau
Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 R Handke
Nov 19, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 17, 2017 Kelly Cerbone
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 sharmini sewpersad
Nov 17, 2017 Valentina Rossini
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Dillard
Nov 16, 2017 JANNA PERKINS
Nov 16, 2017 S Martinez
Nov 16, 2017 Stan Benton We don't need to "train" animals for circus, zoo, or anything else.
Nov 16, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying
Nov 16, 2017 J.D. Brown
Nov 15, 2017 Beverly Huff
Nov 14, 2017 TATYANA taty
Nov 14, 2017 Kathleen Nagy-DeRosa
Nov 14, 2017 Reneda Baer
Nov 14, 2017 Ron and Dorene Richman
Nov 14, 2017 Cynthia Ostrunic
Nov 14, 2017 Tracy Wood
Nov 14, 2017 Lesley Fetterman
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Dianne Biron
Nov 12, 2017 Wendy Steiner It’s bad enough that animals have to be subjugate for human entertainment, at least get rid of this horrible way to treat these sacred animals.
Nov 11, 2017 Susan Manning Unconscionable treatment of innocent elephants in circuses Must Stop! Please have simple compassion and basic observance of rights of animals to live in peace and dignity.
Nov 10, 2017 Kelly Hoffman
Nov 10, 2017 Laura Fryburg
Nov 10, 2017 Susan Borski
Nov 10, 2017 STEVE TARDIF
Nov 10, 2017 LUCUTA CONSTANTIN
Nov 9, 2017 Susan Tucker Disgustingly Cruel
Nov 9, 2017 Ödfö Gllr
Nov 9, 2017 Marja Moore

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