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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: 40,479
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 7, 2015 Maria Swans
Jul 7, 2015 Samantha Meyers Whilst protesting the Carson and Barnes circus in Iowa last week I saw for myself the trainer use the bullhook in the mouth of an elephant that would not do as he wanted. This is disgusting.
Jul 7, 2015 Justine Moore
Jul 6, 2015 Felipe Navarrete
Jul 6, 2015 Barbara August Please ban all animals from circus'
Jul 6, 2015 Linda Lippner
Jul 6, 2015 Cynthia Haynes
Jul 6, 2015 Antonio Elias Firmino Ferreira
Jul 5, 2015 JudyLamon Lamon Absolutely no bullhooks should be allowed in circuses or zoos. It is cruel and inhumane to use these things to force animals to perform. No wild animals should be in circuses in the 1st place.
Jul 4, 2015 Loreto Fillat de Acosta
Jul 4, 2015 Patty Holicky
Jul 4, 2015 PRINCESS PARCHUKE
Jul 4, 2015 jeffrey simms
Jul 3, 2015 Marcia Ditieri
Jul 3, 2015 Marie Field-Carpenter
Jul 3, 2015 Andrea Giza-O'Neill
Jul 3, 2015 Suzie Ford
Jul 3, 2015 Frances Cole
Jul 3, 2015 Pola Alemao
Jul 3, 2015 catherine and nicolette rose OTTILIO MAGGIO
Jul 3, 2015 jan bosley
Jul 3, 2015 marian selim
Jul 3, 2015 Olga Castello
Jul 3, 2015 Haley Norriss
Jul 2, 2015 Deborah Merritt
Jul 2, 2015 Mike Bogan
Jul 2, 2015 Ashley Zunino
Jul 2, 2015 Elaine NT
Jul 1, 2015 Adam Fransella
Jul 1, 2015 Lila Cahue
Jun 30, 2015 stacy lupori
Jun 29, 2015 Anthony Golden Bullhorn's/ How Would U Feel?/ If Someone Would (Cut Off); Half Your HEAD!/ & Put It On Display?/ COME ON!
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please stop animal cruelty and abuse
Jun 28, 2015 Julia Zimansky
Jun 28, 2015 renae nowicki
Jun 28, 2015 Kevin Rodriguez
Jun 27, 2015 Heather Grimmer
Jun 26, 2015 tj good Why do we need a petition? it's common humanity. They shouldn't be captive anyway. Shame on you if you don't stop it
Jun 26, 2015 Michelle Morris
Jun 26, 2015 Sue H Remove all elephants from display and circus shows. NO domestic ownership of wild animals. All wild animals owned must meet rigorous care and living condition standards.
Jun 26, 2015 Bri Bisch
Jun 26, 2015 Linda Christiansen
Jun 26, 2015 Dora Leija
Jun 25, 2015 June Miller Let's take a bullhook to the people that use them on elephants...then see what happens. STOP the abuse, it is shameful this even happens!!!!
Jun 25, 2015 yasuo nishiyama
Jun 24, 2015 Cristina Barbieri
Jun 24, 2015 Trina Snow
Jun 24, 2015 sherron valdry
Jun 24, 2015 Brenda Hammond
Jun 24, 2015 Kris Jackson

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