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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: 40,546
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 29, 2015 Dannielle Quaigg
Jul 29, 2015 kim collier
Jul 29, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Jul 28, 2015 Liz Breeding
Jul 28, 2015 Jeanne Vaughn SHAME ON YOU. STOP THIS HEINOUS ACTION NOW !!!!
Jul 28, 2015 Patty Garcia
Jul 27, 2015 Grace Clerc
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Paula Eaton
Jul 25, 2015 john crouch
Jul 25, 2015 Permelia Yeager
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Reeder
Jul 24, 2015 Matt Booher
Jul 24, 2015 May-Louisa Kühn
Jul 24, 2015 Rachel Doherty
Jul 23, 2015 James Thomas
Jul 23, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 23, 2015 georgina parisi
Jul 23, 2015 Zippora Neitz
Jul 23, 2015 Angela watson
Jul 22, 2015 Connor Smith
Jul 22, 2015 Shelby Friday Elephants are peaceful animals, we should be peaceful around them.
Jul 20, 2015 Debbi Pretorius
Jul 19, 2015 Cheryl Gibson
Jul 19, 2015 Robin Blum
Jul 18, 2015 Christine Witcher
Jul 18, 2015 Angelika Kempter
Jul 17, 2015 Lisa Dennis
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 Angus Barkley
Jul 17, 2015 Té Hodges
Jul 17, 2015 Carolyn Bridges
Jul 17, 2015 Paulinha Russell
Jul 17, 2015 Mary McLoone
Jul 17, 2015 Florence Ticknor
Jul 16, 2015 linda boyce disgusting cruel and want a ban
Jul 16, 2015 JENEPHER VANG
Jul 15, 2015 Dewey Jackson
Jul 15, 2015 Andrea Gregg
Jul 14, 2015 James Nation
Jul 14, 2015 amy rasmussen
Jul 14, 2015 Thierry Chartier
Jul 14, 2015 Aurélie Amari
Jul 14, 2015 Bernadette Crespin
Jul 14, 2015 Maria Teresa LLonch
Jul 14, 2015 Anja Mielke
Jul 14, 2015 SÍLVIA COSTA
Jul 13, 2015 darcia hurst
Jul 13, 2015 Cecilia Barea
Jul 13, 2015 Angela Pickles It is obvious that the use of bullhooks on elephants is completely unacceptable. Wild animals are not toys or slaves and should be treated with empathy and respect.

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