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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: 42,312
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


May 4, 2016 Kelly Todd Brewer
May 4, 2016 Kristine Brovold
May 4, 2016 candy Jacobson
May 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in this country. This is a cruel and inhumane custom.
May 4, 2016 Claudia Thiem
May 4, 2016 Jennifer Rider
May 4, 2016 Rebekah Neeley
May 4, 2016 Noel MacLeod
May 4, 2016 Quitterie Ruokonen Elephants are not circus animals. Time for usto evolve and free these beautiful creatures.
May 4, 2016 Akiko Kimura
May 4, 2016 siv anita guvaag
May 4, 2016 Gina Frieh
May 4, 2016 Janet Manulik
May 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2016 Belinda Kane
May 4, 2016 Donna Flores
May 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2016 Misty Whalen
May 3, 2016 Ana Luisa Luque M.
May 3, 2016 Donna Harris
May 3, 2016 Jamie Fortner Free the elephants!
May 3, 2016 Blossom Sanders Please put an end to this cruelty. It's in your power
May 3, 2016 suzan sims
May 3, 2016 Robin Lugo
May 3, 2016 Samantha Marion
May 3, 2016 Alana Crow Esq Please retire all elephants to an accredited sanctuary now.
May 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2016 Abbie Turner
May 3, 2016 venessa pagliuca
May 3, 2016 Momo Chen
May 3, 2016 Lorene Jajtner
May 3, 2016 Barbara Sikes
May 3, 2016 Terry Maderak This cruel tool MUST be banned now.
May 3, 2016 STOP ABUSE Every Earthling has a right to life and happiness. The using of animals for food and profit is very wrong ... cut those 2 things out, and we can all start to become healthier in mind body and soul x
May 3, 2016 Sara Ebberts Elephants are far too intelligent to be treated with such indignity.
May 3, 2016 K Helrich Stop abusing anmals
May 3, 2016 Paul Corbeil
May 3, 2016 Valerie Philebaum Smith
May 3, 2016 Pat Brooks No more bull hooks PLEASE!!!!
May 3, 2016 Susan Millemann All of this is horrendous animal cruelty which must be stopped!!!! Please keep letting us know what we can do to stop it.
May 3, 2016 Cathy Galer
May 3, 2016 Judy Cunnngham It's very cruel to treat any animal with hooks, ropes, bulhooks, chains on their legs , etc. animals should be in the wild in Africa, or wherever their habitat is.
May 3, 2016 Monica Anchondo
May 3, 2016 Gwen Edgett You would not use it on a child. Don't use it on a animal.
May 3, 2016 Shelby Clair
May 3, 2016 Jennifer Tomlins Animals belong free in the wild not captured and used for entertainment! Along with that they absolutely do not deserve to be hurt by any means!
May 3, 2016 Anita G. Whitlock
May 3, 2016 Kathleen Mullen These beautiful creatures deserve to be free to roam around in their natural habitat.....please consider their welfare & show them the love they deserve, just like people, they have real feelings too...
May 3, 2016 Bridget Nimz Please ban.
May 3, 2016 Justyna Wojciechowska I'm signing because it's wrong to keep those mighty animals in captivity and hurt them for people amusemen.

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