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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: 43,401
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, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 Tatiana Gajdosova
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
Mar 21, 2017 Isabella Gurnick
Mar 21, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 19, 2017 Darren Anderson
Mar 19, 2017 Lisa Vaugh
Mar 18, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Mar 17, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 16, 2017 Kathy Dorr
Mar 16, 2017 Hope Dwyer
Mar 16, 2017 Heidi Mugrauer
Mar 15, 2017 Charles Jos Biviano
Mar 15, 2017 kathy raggio
Mar 15, 2017 CARMEN FEITO
Mar 15, 2017 SALI EVANS
Mar 15, 2017 Carolyn Walters
Mar 15, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 15, 2017 Kayann Ramos
Mar 14, 2017 Louella Weaver
Mar 14, 2017 Patricia McNaughton
Mar 14, 2017 doris gonen
Mar 14, 2017 Margaret McGullam
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2017 Abigael Foreman
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2017 lori pace
Mar 14, 2017 Dena Weirich They should not be forced to perform in circuses at all!!!!!!! It should be outlawed!!!!!!!!
Mar 14, 2017 Shari Yvon-Lewis
Mar 14, 2017 Gail Knapik Fick
Mar 14, 2017 Marie Willow
Mar 14, 2017 Mick McMahon
Mar 13, 2017 Virginia FRICK
Mar 13, 2017 Hannah Weil
Mar 12, 2017 Amanda Niles
Mar 12, 2017 Carrie Brinkos How would you like a bullhook used on you?
Mar 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2017 Sharon brink
Mar 11, 2017 Sondra York
Mar 11, 2017 Pat Redner
Mar 11, 2017 Billie Cicirelli-Close PLEASE DO ALL U CAN TO STOP THIS CRUEL & INHUMANE TREATMENT OF THESE POOR ANIMALS. It's your job -- with OUR TAX $$$ !!! tu
Mar 11, 2017 Helen Whittaker
Mar 11, 2017 Briony Wolf
Mar 11, 2017 Daniel kline
Mar 11, 2017 julie munson
Mar 11, 2017 Kristin Beauchamp
Mar 11, 2017 Maggie Dunn
Mar 10, 2017 Marsha Ross

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