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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: 43,020
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

Dec 7, 2016 DeLisa Fields
Dec 7, 2016 Brian Tercha
Dec 7, 2016 Sally Hart
Dec 7, 2016 Ankea Kkoutas
Dec 6, 2016 Ursula Bellof
Dec 6, 2016 Karen Glennan-West
Dec 6, 2016 Karola Windweh
Dec 6, 2016 Jessica Wolf
Dec 6, 2016 Filippo Garofalo
Dec 6, 2016 Silvia Grazioli
Dec 5, 2016 Linda Dennis
Dec 5, 2016 leigh barry
Dec 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 Chris Saranchuk
Dec 4, 2016 Amy Meier
Dec 2, 2016 Julie stuckey
Dec 2, 2016 Tonya Brosig
Dec 2, 2016 Tymothy Diaz
Dec 2, 2016 Penny Griffin-Correa
Dec 2, 2016 Judy Spielmacher
Nov 30, 2016 Laura Snyder
Nov 30, 2016 Helen Johnson
Nov 28, 2016 Mariann Adcock
Nov 27, 2016 Diana Martins
Nov 26, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Nov 25, 2016 Ann Marie Teder This practice is abominable. Torturing animals for human entertainment is not right.
Nov 25, 2016 B Swain Is this really necessary???
Nov 24, 2016 Marie Armandy
Nov 24, 2016 Julie Emerson
Nov 22, 2016 Melodey Wood
Nov 22, 2016 Anita Honeycutt
Nov 22, 2016 Kate Slattery
Nov 21, 2016 Cassandra Lewis Don't use cruelty and bullying to train animals with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 21, 2016 Cara Ammon
Nov 21, 2016 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Nov 20, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Nov 20, 2016 Karen and Joe Lansdale
Nov 20, 2016 Marsha Croner
Nov 20, 2016 Kathy Mason
Nov 20, 2016 Daphne Murray
Nov 20, 2016 Murry Caetano
Nov 20, 2016 Kandy Rogers STOP this practice
Nov 19, 2016 Mary Caputi
Nov 18, 2016 Argelia Bravo
Nov 18, 2016 Martine Smet
Nov 18, 2016 Victoria Berrueco
Nov 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2016 carleen savarino

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