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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: 40,041
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 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
Apr 24, 2015 TERRI BAKER OMG the elephant one of GODS most loving creatures and we treat them like this. We need to study the elephant more to see how if takes care of its family not like we take care of ours. We have become such a though away culture.
Apr 24, 2015 Scott Russell
Apr 24, 2015 patti castro
Apr 23, 2015 jocelyne de poorter
Apr 23, 2015 Julie port
Apr 23, 2015 Erica Koconis
Apr 23, 2015 Jan Phillips
Apr 22, 2015 esther winder
Apr 22, 2015 Jesse Taylor
Apr 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2015 April raney
Apr 22, 2015 jackie Godbout
Apr 21, 2015 paola autenzio
Apr 21, 2015 Patti Roderick
Apr 21, 2015 plaut gilles
Apr 21, 2015 Emily Mitchell These torture instruments and methods of elephant training must become a thing of the past. Cruelty has no place in "entertainment."
Apr 21, 2015 Maxine Lucas
Apr 21, 2015 anne demey
Apr 20, 2015 Bianca Ansink
Apr 20, 2015 Carl Fernand
Apr 20, 2015 Diane Gudatis
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 philip tudisco
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Evelien De Dobbeleer
Apr 20, 2015 mona de ryck
Apr 20, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
Apr 20, 2015 Kate Burk
Apr 19, 2015 Cheryl Mayo
Apr 19, 2015 Barbara Weifels

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