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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: 44,766
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


Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 11, 2018 bruce hall
Jul 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2018 siska juliana
Jul 1, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jul 1, 2018 PERLLIE SULIT
Jul 1, 2018 Kathy Snavely
Jul 1, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jun 30, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Jun 30, 2018 Sharmila Perera
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Hayley-Rose Stirling
Jun 29, 2018 Carol Christman
Jun 29, 2018 Delene Swanepoel
Jun 28, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jun 28, 2018 Michelle Stewart Not only should bullhooks be illegal to use, animals must be banned from being in circuses. No more animals in circuses or road side shows. Make both of them against the law
Jun 28, 2018 KIM Sims Greed is the name of this game! Stop it!!!
Jun 28, 2018 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Jun 25, 2018 julie huynh
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Ros Joseph
Jun 19, 2018 Angelique Mcclean
Jun 19, 2018 Marti Clement
Jun 19, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL
Jun 19, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Jun 19, 2018 Lynne Goncalves
Jun 19, 2018 Megan Pearlman
Jun 19, 2018 Meredith Knee
Jun 19, 2018 Bernie Doherty You really are sick FREAK'S
Jun 18, 2018 Vicki Peters
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Barbieri
Jun 16, 2018 Jude Gorgopa
Jun 16, 2018 Tama Chan
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 7, 2018 Karen Myers
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Madeleine Norris Using animals for entertainment purposes (aswell as food and fashion) should be banned anyway but its a step forward
Jun 2, 2018 claudia citton
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 30, 2018 Brandi Shelby
May 30, 2018 Kristy Kirstin terrible to do this to God's innocent animals
May 29, 2018 SHANE AUSTIN
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 Sue Britton

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