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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: 42,531
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 27, 2016 Margaret Hodgkins The fact that this is still common practice just reenforces the need to remove all elephants from the "entertainment" industry. There is no way to humanely confine elephants in circuses. Do your job and do the right thing.
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 26, 2016 Fritzi Mohn
Jun 26, 2016 gabriele jefferson
Jun 26, 2016 mary kieser this does not sounds like a retirement place for Elephants, its a research lab with training still done by force. please allow these animals to live their old age lives comfortably.
Jun 26, 2016 jeri stokes
Jun 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) you made it out like they were going to go to a beautiful sanctuary but instead they are going to go to a research lab and probably in another cage for the rest of their lives. They will be poked and beaten.... what a shitty life you people have given the
Jun 25, 2016 Jeri Brechner
Jun 25, 2016 Carol Minkus
Jun 25, 2016 Sherice Jones
Jun 25, 2016 Karen Wise
Jun 25, 2016 Carla Turner
Jun 25, 2016 Margaret Boyd
Jun 25, 2016 Elizabeth McCormick
Jun 25, 2016 Mirtha Velez
Jun 25, 2016 Kim Deon
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 Charlotte Gressett
Jun 22, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 22, 2016 Kimberley Leal Carrizo
Jun 21, 2016 Rhonda Graves The world is watching.
Jun 21, 2016 Lisa Long Every circus should be illegal and only have zoos that on built like the animals natural habitat.
Jun 21, 2016 robin booth please stop the use of bullhooks...
Jun 20, 2016 Irene & Bill Mauer
Jun 20, 2016 Joyce Griffee
Jun 19, 2016 Jane Kohan
Jun 19, 2016 SANDRA VITO
Jun 19, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 19, 2016 Brook Hall
Jun 18, 2016 Judith Vincent
Jun 17, 2016 Kirstin Robertson
Jun 17, 2016 Maria Kanuk
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2016 Faye Taylor
Jun 15, 2016 Lotta Larsen
Jun 14, 2016 CHRISTINE DEHUD
Jun 11, 2016 Janet Grunke
Jun 10, 2016 Ellen McCann
Jun 10, 2016 Ally Trok
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) It's 2016 why in the hell do we still have Zoos and Circuses? Cruel !!!!!
Jun 9, 2016 laurence haubtmann
Jun 8, 2016 Rosina Cespedes
Jun 8, 2016 fran oakes
Jun 8, 2016 faye munro
Jun 8, 2016 Rob Ste
Jun 8, 2016 Janine Corday
Jun 8, 2016 Tanya Wenrich
Jun 8, 2016 cheryl smith
Jun 8, 2016 Robin Isaacson

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