Why this ad?
Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
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: 40,222
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.

Sign Here

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

May 24, 2015 Elizabeth Balogh
May 23, 2015 Deborah Sward
May 23, 2015 Pauline Seymour
May 23, 2015 robin blanton
May 23, 2015 Allan Kaopua
May 23, 2015 simon davies
May 23, 2015 Debbie Costantino
May 22, 2015 Kayla Morris
May 22, 2015 Tami Fleming
May 22, 2015 danielle donovan
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 karen wiles
May 22, 2015 Beverly Terhune
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Penny Karn
May 22, 2015 Francisco de Tavira
May 22, 2015 TAMARA BRAGG
May 22, 2015 Jacqueline Wallace
May 22, 2015 J.B. Johnson-Allen
May 22, 2015 Nancy Elliott
May 22, 2015 jennifer koning they need to stop using animals in circuses period! Especially wild animals. They should not be captive and used for 'entertainment'! So cruel! Greed!
May 22, 2015 Andy Pepper
May 22, 2015 Doris DAHAN Rmeily
May 21, 2015 svetlana davidovic
May 21, 2015 hazel johnson
May 20, 2015 tonia beckler
May 20, 2015 Aidee Burt
May 20, 2015 Edna McConnell
May 19, 2015 Leigh Ann NASH
May 19, 2015 Karen Schams
May 19, 2015 Susan Gregory
May 19, 2015 fabs nacka
May 19, 2015 Teri Nix
May 19, 2015 David Sickles
May 18, 2015 Michael Hodge
May 18, 2015 April Biggs
May 18, 2015 Lynda Whitehouse
May 18, 2015 Lucas de Arruda
May 18, 2015 Jonathan Heathcote-Curtis
May 18, 2015 hannes Elfving
May 18, 2015 kelsey maren
May 18, 2015 J. Roberson
May 18, 2015 Barbara Jones
May 18, 2015 Cloud Borden
May 17, 2015 Andreas Papapanagiotou
May 17, 2015 alexander sabudko
May 16, 2015 Sharon Morgan
May 16, 2015 Magali GUILLOU
May 15, 2015 Gicelle Faggion Vamos salvar os animais .
May 14, 2015 Marcee Bogan

back to top

Why this ad? Why this ad? Served with Love Pet Food Scoop
Share this page and help fund food & care: