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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: 43,119
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


Jan 17, 2017 MARY D. ANGEL
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2017 Emily Beck
Jan 16, 2017 Kelly Ohlsen
Jan 16, 2017 Sylvia Taylor
Jan 16, 2017 John Collings
Jan 16, 2017 Carol Brandt Barnum and Bailey was just the tip of the cruelty iceberg. Use of bullhooks and other implements of torture must end now.
Jan 15, 2017 Martin Oltman
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2017 Janie Rhodus
Jan 12, 2017 Tami Holden
Jan 12, 2017 Marc van de Waarsenburg
Jan 12, 2017 bellinda rolf-jansen
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Hanni Gennat
Jan 11, 2017 Sara Rathfon
Jan 11, 2017 virginia Belanger
Jan 11, 2017 Olga P
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Amanda Ruby
Jan 10, 2017 M. Baer
Jan 10, 2017 Linda Andrews
Jan 9, 2017 SHERRY MATTOCKS
Jan 8, 2017 Andrea Klick
Jan 7, 2017 SEHRIN NAGRA
Jan 6, 2017 Nancy Richardson
Jan 6, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Jan 6, 2017 Olga Faletova
Jan 5, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Jan 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2017 ibrahim rexhepi
Jan 5, 2017 Sara Fox-Uvalle
Jan 4, 2017 cheryl mcdaniel
Jan 4, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Jan 4, 2017 Rita Schwarz
Jan 4, 2017 jan pepper
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 carol black
Jan 3, 2017 Mr Scott Dale Deering
Jan 3, 2017 Sarah Kummerfeldt
Jan 3, 2017 Laura Bellato
Jan 3, 2017 Jason Post
Jan 3, 2017 Taylor Kane
Jan 3, 2017 Nicholas McRae
Jan 3, 2017 Zulema Ramos
Jan 3, 2017 Linda Fleming
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Karen Presson
Jan 3, 2017 Roxanna Hambright
Jan 3, 2017 Derek Liddard

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