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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: 42,894
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

Oct 24, 2016 vanda carvalho
Oct 24, 2016 Fred Fall
Oct 24, 2016 Tracy OSullivan
Oct 24, 2016 JoAnn Halounek
Oct 23, 2016 margaret oneill
Oct 23, 2016 Gwen Walsh
Oct 22, 2016 Ashley Schiano
Oct 22, 2016 Sherrie Smith
Oct 22, 2016 Katarina Bartalosova
Oct 22, 2016 sara reynolds
Oct 22, 2016 André Lumière
Oct 21, 2016 Robyn Paynter
Oct 21, 2016 Mansat Corinne
Oct 20, 2016 Diane Kelley Elephants and other animals should not be captured for human "use" at all. But until this abuse of their lives and their freedom is ended, they MUST be treated with the utmost mercy and respect!
Oct 20, 2016 Susan Ellis
Oct 19, 2016 Vik Cooke
Oct 17, 2016 Courtney Whiteway
Oct 17, 2016 rox miitre
Oct 15, 2016 Carol Page
Oct 15, 2016 Lora Copa
Oct 14, 2016 Cheryl Duncan
Oct 14, 2016 Mark Couch
Oct 14, 2016 Joyce Morrison
Oct 14, 2016 gordana hoffpauir
Oct 14, 2016 Laudiceia Fonseca
Oct 14, 2016 Agnes Hetzel
Oct 14, 2016 Amy Gold
Oct 14, 2016 Sherrie Henry
Oct 11, 2016 Teresa Tario NO MORE BULL HOOKS......EVER!
Oct 11, 2016 Pippa Coles
Oct 10, 2016 Linda Velez leave these gentle creatures alone
Oct 10, 2016 Jacqueline Clare
Oct 9, 2016 Roxana Moya
Oct 9, 2016 Dominique LANG
Oct 9, 2016 Sanand D
Oct 9, 2016 Ilse Spiegel
Oct 8, 2016 Barbara Campbell
Oct 7, 2016 Andrea Martinez
Oct 7, 2016 ZUMAYNA Ebrahim
Oct 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2016 Melissa Berkebile
Oct 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2016 Joanne Orzech
Oct 4, 2016 Andrea Hinkley
Oct 4, 2016 Alissa Cohen
Oct 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2016 Beth Piuze
Oct 4, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Oct 4, 2016 Angie Lawson Sick

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