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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: 43,878
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


Jun 28, 2017 A martinez
Jun 28, 2017 Tigerlily Hayward
Jun 28, 2017 Kimberly Getchell
Jun 28, 2017 Henrietta Komras Man's inhumanity and enslavement of animals shows what scum bag low-life people are; we have no right to enslave animals at all
Jun 28, 2017 Shayne O'Brien
Jun 27, 2017 Michelle Pestana
Jun 27, 2017 Sanchez Troadia
Jun 27, 2017 Monika Dobo-Kohl END This PLEASE !!! Barbaric and Criminal !!
Jun 26, 2017 Kat Rickels
Jun 26, 2017 coller sabine
Jun 25, 2017 Kayla Rigsby
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Dulcie Xue Please prohibit the use of cruel methods, such as the bullhook, to "train" elephants.
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Elephants should be free to live there life like us humans can we dont get used for shows and riding until we cant walk ananymore or even to live
Jun 25, 2017 Sophia Aliaga End the Use of these instruments. Baby animals don't at all deserve this. They're an animal and animals live in the wild and eat grass and meat, and roam free. They aren't pets, and they will never be pets. They aren't a trophy, and they will never be one
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) It is cruel and harmful. Their is no pointe other than torturing these poor animals that should not be in captivity anyways.
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Lauren Cartheuser
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Brittney Pendrick
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Save them!!!!
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is such a cruel practice; these animals deserve so much better.
Jun 25, 2017 Erin Moe
Jun 25, 2017 bree chav
Jun 25, 2017 Emily Goldrick SAVE NOSY
Jun 25, 2017 Joan Hise
Jun 25, 2017 Andrea Baker
Jun 25, 2017 Andrea Alaniz No animal should be used in that way
Jun 25, 2017 Danyelle Hygrade
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2017 André Henrique Bacci
Jun 24, 2017 M Miller
Jun 23, 2017 Sally Allen
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2017 Diana Zimmerman
Jun 22, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Jules Minton
Jun 22, 2017 Ольга Малютина
Jun 20, 2017 wendy nolan
Jun 20, 2017 RoxAnna Anthony
Jun 20, 2017 ANNE Gilbert
Jun 20, 2017 ALESSANDRO ROMEO
Jun 20, 2017 Debra long
Jun 20, 2017 marianne louvet
Jun 20, 2017 jean louvet
Jun 20, 2017 annick louvet
Jun 19, 2017 carine Lang
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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