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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: 38,304
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 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 31, 2015 alba telez
Jan 30, 2015 Jacklyn Palmer
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 Agnes Hubeny
Jan 30, 2015 Lynne Kuhmerker
Jan 30, 2015 Cindy R Wagner Please, these animals deserve humane treatment, not to be tortured like this, it is bad enough they are in a circuses or zoos
Jan 30, 2015 tracey may
Jan 30, 2015 sherri damiani
Jan 30, 2015 Alden Bodwell
Jan 30, 2015 KRISTEN CORRIGAN Do unto others...
Jan 30, 2015 Suzanne charnock
Jan 30, 2015 Linda Rodriguez
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 Penny Renaud
Jan 30, 2015 Debra Schoonmaker
Jan 29, 2015 Signy Davis
Jan 29, 2015 Andrea Sommers
Jan 29, 2015 Anna Mondanelli
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Crowder
Jan 29, 2015 Jill Balser
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Anna Maria Bindi
Jan 29, 2015 Marti May
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Sanders
Jan 29, 2015 Sonya Nel
Jan 28, 2015 Angela Parker
Jan 28, 2015 Elizabeth O'Connor
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Ban bullhooks or, better yet, ban all use of animals for our entertainment! Those poor animals deserve our compassion not our inhumane treatment!
Jan 28, 2015 judy mackowski
Jan 28, 2015 Caroline La Fleche
Jan 28, 2015 Kelsey Kennedy
Jan 28, 2015 Yasemin Açıkgün
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Teri Duchac
Jan 28, 2015 Elaine Gross Why train elephants in the first place? Do we really need animals in circuses? Why not just acrobats and clowns?
Jan 28, 2015 Kathryn Murdoch
Jan 28, 2015 Denise Fitzpatrick
Jan 28, 2015 Lee Ann DeMars
Jan 28, 2015 Elga konietzny
Jan 28, 2015 Roberta Sato
Jan 28, 2015 Lori Todd
Jan 28, 2015 Colleen Morrison
Jan 28, 2015 nadine hanssens
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Elgin
Jan 28, 2015 Charlene Moody
Jan 28, 2015 carla green
Jan 27, 2015 hannah wilson
Jan 26, 2015 huguette vanswijgenhoven
Jan 26, 2015 verena wazlawik

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