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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: 41,206
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

Nov 26, 2015 priya khurana
Nov 25, 2015 Mary Doyle
Nov 25, 2015 Zephanie Locker-Lampson
Nov 25, 2015 Peggy Rollie
Nov 25, 2015 Robin Featherstone Arrow Heileman
Nov 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2015 Caroline McKinney Another unnecessary example of humans being cruel - circuses that have animals should be closed down. Making money from the torture of living beings is abhorrent
Nov 24, 2015 Kathleen Nowicki
Nov 22, 2015 elena consigli
Nov 21, 2015 tina mitchell
Nov 19, 2015 w v dongen
Nov 19, 2015 Hope Carl
Nov 19, 2015 Melissa Green
Nov 18, 2015 Lone Klitgaard
Nov 18, 2015 Jessica Whitehead
Nov 18, 2015 Carly Wheeler
Nov 18, 2015 Kirsty Turner
Nov 17, 2015 Maja Lacković
Nov 17, 2015 Kathy Sutter Finally
Nov 16, 2015 Claudine Stering
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 Michelle Blackley
Nov 14, 2015 (Name not displayed) Cruelty is NEVER the way to proceed.
Nov 13, 2015 Elma Pjanic
Nov 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2015 B. Cecilia Spedicato
Nov 13, 2015 Desiree West This breaks my heart. It's bad enough they're not in their natural environment but then these nasty hateful and pure evil humans abuse and torture them on top of it. If people haven't noticed its 2015, not 1910! It's bariatric!!!
Nov 13, 2015 Stacy Bell
Nov 13, 2015 Joy Gooding
Nov 12, 2015 Maria Holzmann
Nov 12, 2015 Sandra Beul
Nov 12, 2015 Annabelle Travis
Nov 12, 2015 Martina Riordon
Nov 12, 2015 Sally Benardo
Nov 12, 2015 Suzie Awad
Nov 12, 2015 Jeannie Dinning
Nov 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) Such an archaic and cruel practice needs to be banned with immediate effect!
Nov 10, 2015 Stephanie Roubian
Nov 10, 2015 vier eva
Nov 9, 2015 Julie Craig
Nov 9, 2015 I. meszaros
Nov 9, 2015 Arlene Longson This is horrible.
Nov 8, 2015 Delaney Nickerson-Haines
Nov 8, 2015 Svetlana Volik
Nov 7, 2015 Tonya Green
Nov 7, 2015 Elizabeth McGraw
Nov 7, 2015 Paul Sorensen
Nov 7, 2015 S. ROSE
Nov 7, 2015 Eric Roos

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