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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: 44,795
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


Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Cecile Nurit
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 Sonya Smith
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 judith Keeley
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName576754393482158 jmetetlastName556606619278490 jmeterComment4062
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName262989988815691 jmetetlastName737431930743995 jmeterComment9378
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName114036324052572 jmetetlastName177795591257894 jmeterComment4295
Jul 18, 2018 shirley cooksley
Jul 18, 2018 Rita Council Circuses make me sick! These poor animals deserve to be in sanctuaries and not used for mans greed! They are not slaves!! And do not deserve this type of treatment! They feel pain and suffering!!! These people are monsters!!
Jul 18, 2018 Laura Jennison
Jul 17, 2018 Judy Hart
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt
Jul 17, 2018 Denise Getzinger
Jul 17, 2018 erin craig
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Mary Lou Salatino
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Byerly
Jul 17, 2018 Kathy Bean
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 margaret strane
Jul 17, 2018 Tammy Petzelt
Jul 17, 2018 Deneisa Hemmings
Jul 17, 2018 Mirela Dibra
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sibinovic
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 11, 2018 bruce hall
Jul 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2018 siska juliana
Jul 1, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jul 1, 2018 PERLLIE SULIT
Jul 1, 2018 Kathy Snavely
Jul 1, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jun 30, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Jun 30, 2018 Sharmila Perera
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Hayley-Rose Stirling
Jun 29, 2018 Carol Christman
Jun 29, 2018 Delene Swanepoel
Jun 28, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jun 28, 2018 Michelle Stewart Not only should bullhooks be illegal to use, animals must be banned from being in circuses. No more animals in circuses or road side shows. Make both of them against the law
Jun 28, 2018 KIM Sims Greed is the name of this game! Stop it!!!
Jun 28, 2018 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Jun 25, 2018 julie huynh
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Ros Joseph

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