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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: 44,503
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 23, 2018 Lisa Hagan
Mar 23, 2018 Anna Chan
Mar 23, 2018 Leanne Fisher
Mar 23, 2018 Lynn Krikorian
Mar 23, 2018 Brenda Pereira
Mar 23, 2018 Michele Denio
Mar 23, 2018 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Mar 23, 2018 Lynne Minore
Mar 23, 2018 Leslie Valentine
Mar 23, 2018 Kimberly Wong-Hyde
Mar 22, 2018 Andrea Durick
Mar 22, 2018 Lynn Galasso
Mar 21, 2018 Kelly Moran
Mar 21, 2018 annah jetha
Mar 21, 2018 Christine Brazzell
Mar 21, 2018 Kim Johnson
Mar 20, 2018 majella hunston
Mar 20, 2018 Vanessa Jackc
Mar 19, 2018 Chris Sante
Mar 18, 2018 Leah Helmer
Mar 18, 2018 heather simpkins
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Clark
Mar 18, 2018 Kathy Clements Implement other methods for training (like positive rewards) instead of using punishing methods (like bullhooks). All will be happier as a result!
Mar 18, 2018 Gerald Ryan
Mar 17, 2018 Lesley Adamson Using bullhooks and other cruel implements to control wild animals is inhumane.
Mar 17, 2018 Julie Strong
Mar 17, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Mar 17, 2018 Judy johnston
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Cristina Upton
Mar 16, 2018 Marilyn Sowa
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Rose Minasian
Mar 15, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 Bob Thorne
Mar 15, 2018 Susan Briggs
Mar 15, 2018 Fiona Forrest
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 LYNN SCHNAUFER It is cruel and inhumane.
Mar 15, 2018 Helen Drwinga
Mar 15, 2018 Wendy Springstead I have an idea! Let's turn the tables and use the hooks on the people that use them on the elephants. So they know how it feels.
Mar 13, 2018 Tom Rarey
Mar 13, 2018 Alison Aplin
Mar 13, 2018 Evangeline Baron
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Lina Guerrero
Mar 11, 2018 Pamela Townsend
Mar 10, 2018 Andrea Howard

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