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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: 40,071
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


Apr 27, 2015 Tina Frier
Apr 27, 2015 liz lancarte
Apr 27, 2015 Anita Hoos
Apr 27, 2015 francoise Oriou
Apr 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2015 Valerie Peterson
Apr 26, 2015 Heather Marshall
Apr 26, 2015 Michelle Harris
Apr 26, 2015 Wanda Little
Apr 26, 2015 carol cornish This is the only way to help all animals.
Apr 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2015 Daniel C This is disgustingly unnecessary
Apr 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) WE NEED TO EVOLVE AS A HUMAN RACE AND END THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!
Apr 26, 2015 pilar blas
Apr 26, 2015 robbie trebor
Apr 26, 2015 Pam Weinzapfel
Apr 26, 2015 Robert Henick
Apr 26, 2015 malina glass-elko
Apr 26, 2015 kevin bailey
Apr 26, 2015 Justin Wolff
Apr 26, 2015 Britta Züblin
Apr 26, 2015 joan milford
Apr 26, 2015 ANNE_CHRISTINE FLEURY
Apr 26, 2015 Michele Cabral
Apr 26, 2015 liz marshall
Apr 26, 2015 Ortwin Mergner
Apr 26, 2015 teodorescu irina
Apr 26, 2015 Diane Eyler It's time to stop the barbaric treatment of exotic animals. Ban the bullhooks and electro shock abuse utilized as "training". This abuse would not be tolerated if the animal was a dog. Stop allowing this.
Apr 26, 2015 Elizabeth Carter
Apr 26, 2015 justin harris
Apr 25, 2015 Annette Re
Apr 25, 2015 Lance Kammerud
Apr 25, 2015 Nancy Dunlap Stop this horrible practice now!
Apr 25, 2015 Beverly Horsfield
Apr 25, 2015 Teresa Gallagher
Apr 25, 2015 JEFF SINDLINGER
Apr 25, 2015 MARTHA RODRIGUEZ
Apr 24, 2015 Rose Williams
Apr 24, 2015 Lida Stevenson
Apr 24, 2015 maria kljuce
Apr 24, 2015 Erin Kennedy
Apr 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Juanita Pacheco
Apr 24, 2015 Taylor Jace Disgusting human SCUM, i'd BULLHOOK all of them. NAZI bloodKlatt
Apr 24, 2015 Marita Kidder
Apr 24, 2015 SALLY SHUMSKY
Apr 24, 2015 Lesley Thomas
Apr 24, 2015 Deborah Herdegen
Apr 24, 2015 kimberley spraggins
Apr 24, 2015 marlys benitah

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