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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: 38,250
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 25, 2015 Tomasz Mroziński
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Bruce
Jan 24, 2015 Csrolyn Suchenicz
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed) You wouldn't want to be removed off-stage with a bullhook the next time you make a public appearance! Treating animals this way is wrong and needs to stop!
Jan 23, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Jan 23, 2015 Heidi Stabenow
Jan 23, 2015 LuAnn Kremer
Jan 23, 2015 Hans van der Zwan
Jan 23, 2015 juan francisco castro
Jan 23, 2015 cherie van houten Please close down the dog slaughter houses
Jan 22, 2015 Silvia Bertano
Jan 21, 2015 Lynn Miller
Jan 21, 2015 Silvina Ares
Jan 21, 2015 Sheila Ward
Jan 20, 2015 l. Estella
Jan 20, 2015 jenna page
Jan 20, 2015 Debra Griffin
Jan 20, 2015 Janice Loftus
Jan 20, 2015 florina trifu-new
Jan 20, 2015 Mel Jacobs The usda is worthless. They do nothing to help animals and enforce laws if it doesn't make money
Jan 20, 2015 Gretchen Smith
Jan 20, 2015 Courtney Anderson Wow the animal cruelty never stops. why would you allow this abuse to occur? why is that fair to subject them to torture to get them to perform unnatural stunts? Circuses and zoos should not even exist due to the mass cruelty happening behind closed doors
Jan 20, 2015 Graeme Collie
Jan 20, 2015 karen howard
Jan 20, 2015 Heather Charley
Jan 20, 2015 Stacey Howard
Jan 20, 2015 Virginia Bradford
Jan 20, 2015 Kathy Okulewicz
Jan 20, 2015 Nicole Sapalovski
Jan 19, 2015 claudia parks
Jan 19, 2015 Yvonne Chrsitison
Jan 18, 2015 J Stone
Jan 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2015 Bonnie Stephenson
Jan 18, 2015 Cathy Strum
Jan 17, 2015 Beth O'Brien
Jan 17, 2015 Jon Bullard BAN!!! STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!
Jan 17, 2015 Fabienne Morgana
Jan 17, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 17, 2015 Елена Оруч
Jan 17, 2015 Joanne Wisden
Jan 17, 2015 Saskia Bakker
Jan 16, 2015 Nancy Navarro
Jan 16, 2015 Hannah O'Dell
Jan 16, 2015 Nicole Burd
Jan 16, 2015 Belinda Lopez
Jan 16, 2015 Thomas Sheppard
Jan 16, 2015 Linda Hedio
Jan 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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