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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: 43,658
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


Apr 30, 2017 MARTHA LIBIA HERRERA
Apr 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 Anne Bekkers
Apr 28, 2017 Leanne Lane
Apr 28, 2017 Rachel Burton
Apr 28, 2017 Tatiana Plakova
Apr 27, 2017 Anna Zhukova
Apr 27, 2017 Laura Trondina
Apr 27, 2017 Nadya Peters
Apr 27, 2017 Марина Воробьева
Apr 27, 2017 ANNA MIKHEEVA
Apr 27, 2017 hell hell
Apr 26, 2017 дарья котова
Apr 26, 2017 Kelli Sheflin
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Basova Olga
Apr 26, 2017 Ирина Костенко
Apr 26, 2017 Natalya Teterina
Apr 26, 2017 ivan DMITRIEV
Apr 26, 2017 Irina Matvejeva
Apr 26, 2017 Alexandr Galushka
Apr 26, 2017 лилия колесник
Apr 26, 2017 Irina Pomogi
Apr 26, 2017 Lena Mamleeva
Apr 26, 2017 Marina Batchaeva Marina Batchaeva
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Svetlana Arefyeva
Apr 26, 2017 arlene fullaway
Apr 26, 2017 Lisa Farabee
Apr 26, 2017 Clare Jones
Apr 25, 2017 Susan Fontanes
Apr 25, 2017 Carrie-Ann Gaetz
Apr 25, 2017 Roberto Penaherrera
Apr 25, 2017 Christina Hearns
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Ayşe Darendeli
Apr 24, 2017 Vel Roe
Apr 24, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Apr 24, 2017 CRYSTAL TUMINELLI
Apr 24, 2017 Andrea Rematore
Apr 24, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Apr 24, 2017 f a
Apr 24, 2017 Luisa Melo
Apr 23, 2017 Sandra Walton
Apr 23, 2017 Kim Williams
Apr 23, 2017 Debbie Reed
Apr 22, 2017 Angela Kohnke
Apr 22, 2017 Mary Hurley
Apr 22, 2017 Rebecca Bennett
Apr 22, 2017 Jane Munns

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