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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: 44,367
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 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Herbert Wassserman
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 12, 2018 Kay Lowe
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 Andie Cogswell
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 29, 2017 Bonnie Reeves
Dec 29, 2017 Judy Budge
Dec 28, 2017 Jemma Meecham
Dec 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2017 marge beck
Dec 28, 2017 cathy nolane
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 20, 2017 Sheryl Segraves
Dec 15, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 Meher Behrana
Dec 12, 2017 maria carranza
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2017 Amy Heicher
Nov 22, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Nov 22, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Nov 22, 2017 Brin Cunningham
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Jolie Alvarado It's cruel. Would you like it?
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Lucille Lietzau
Nov 19, 2017 aya oda
Nov 19, 2017 R Handke
Nov 19, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Wenning
Nov 17, 2017 Kelly Cerbone
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 sharmini sewpersad
Nov 17, 2017 Valentina Rossini
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Dillard

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