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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: 40,700
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


Aug 29, 2015 Monika Omasta
Aug 29, 2015 Donna Banks
Aug 29, 2015 Chris Leverich Until there are NO MORE ELEPHANTS for "entertainment", STOP the bullhooks!!!
Aug 29, 2015 Sandy Gilford
Aug 29, 2015 Leanne Rathmell
Aug 28, 2015 Jess Summers
Aug 28, 2015 Dianna Cristello I care
Aug 28, 2015 Emily Hanson
Aug 28, 2015 Susan Johnson
Aug 28, 2015 Rachel Collins Way to set the standard LA!!
Aug 28, 2015 Adina Ioana Iancu
Aug 28, 2015 Regina Alesso
Aug 28, 2015 Whitney Cook
Aug 28, 2015 Diane Smith
Aug 27, 2015 Jillyanne Downs
Aug 27, 2015 maurizio slanzi
Aug 26, 2015 Marion Bost
Aug 25, 2015 Luise Sambucco
Aug 25, 2015 Oleg Nazarov
Aug 25, 2015 daniela e
Aug 25, 2015 Ulla-Carin Bergström
Aug 25, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 25, 2015 Tracy Mattes
Aug 25, 2015 Debbie Harding
Aug 25, 2015 Leisa Baumann
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani
Aug 25, 2015 apryl whitten
Aug 24, 2015 Marta,Betty,David,Fernando,Joel Anguiano-Volsansky
Aug 24, 2015 Celina Silva
Aug 23, 2015 Adriana Maria Bidarra
Aug 22, 2015 Theresa Petrosky
Aug 21, 2015 carina ines demirdjian
Aug 21, 2015 Katharina Haimel
Aug 21, 2015 Heather Baker
Aug 20, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Aug 20, 2015 Betsy Restly
Aug 19, 2015 Kim Austin
Aug 19, 2015 Shelley Tsuji Better yet, ban circus!!
Aug 19, 2015 Janice Martz
Aug 19, 2015 Tom Sprague
Aug 19, 2015 Hayley Harris
Aug 19, 2015 Ed Askins
Aug 19, 2015 Leanne Cracknell
Aug 19, 2015 Kim DelMonico
Aug 19, 2015 pia olausson
Aug 19, 2015 Kimberly Wright
Aug 19, 2015 Rebecca Fost I'll never purchase fur, feathers, or leather again. I will only ever adopt/rescue, I encourage my friends and family to do the same. I protest animal use/abuse.. and I will always be 100% vegan for the animals. Veganism is the only sustainable answer!
Aug 19, 2015 Pamela Llewellyn
Aug 19, 2015 Kimberly Latvala
Aug 19, 2015 Catherine Lee

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