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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: 43,276
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


Feb 22, 2017 Natalia Avila
Feb 22, 2017 danuta radko
Feb 22, 2017 Beth Wood
Feb 21, 2017 Gene Swanson
Feb 21, 2017 Tina Keeling
Feb 21, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
Feb 21, 2017 Ronda Maples
Feb 21, 2017 Lisa Voile
Feb 21, 2017 Darlene Baneky
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Dawn Riemer
Feb 21, 2017 Gina Lledo
Feb 21, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Feb 21, 2017 Emma Kathan
Feb 21, 2017 Kris Michael
Feb 21, 2017 marja leino
Feb 20, 2017 Caterina Raviglione
Feb 20, 2017 Elisabeth Gaba
Feb 20, 2017 Sheri Wolaver
Feb 19, 2017 M Busch
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 marlin henderson why do we continue to allow animals to be abused in this way by inflicting pain and suffering? What needs to be done to make people understand and stop?
Feb 18, 2017 sarah weisberg
Feb 18, 2017 Debra Nelligan
Feb 18, 2017 Janet Roberts As a child I was privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside an elephant keeper. No billhook was needed. These instruments of torture are unnecessary and cruel. Please end their use!
Feb 18, 2017 melissa bird Disgusting.
Feb 17, 2017 Donna Marotta
Feb 16, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Feb 16, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 16, 2017 Veronica Myers-Fuqua
Feb 16, 2017 Barb Breese
Feb 16, 2017 Barb Rysdale
Feb 15, 2017 Elizabeth Mackey
Feb 15, 2017 Jean McClenathen
Feb 15, 2017 Kim Warmington
Feb 14, 2017 Siamak Owhadi
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2017 Tori Apodaca
Feb 14, 2017 Joshua Santos
Feb 14, 2017 Kathleen Tennyson
Feb 14, 2017 Teresa Antignani Lets go further and ban animals in circuses.
Feb 14, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Feb 14, 2017 Jennifer Domsich
Feb 14, 2017 Rose Kennedy
Feb 14, 2017 Nodra Crabb
Feb 14, 2017 Joanne Hart
Feb 13, 2017 Gary Redmore
Feb 13, 2017 Melissa Pacheco
Feb 13, 2017 Janice McDaniel
Feb 12, 2017 Andrea Haag

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