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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: 36,185
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


Sep 17, 2014 trine bellew
Sep 17, 2014 Deb Haight
Sep 17, 2014 Paolo Custodi
Sep 17, 2014 Sandra Broadhead
Sep 17, 2014 Maryann Wheeler
Sep 16, 2014 tomislav fumić
Sep 16, 2014 R Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Bonnie Dimichele
Sep 16, 2014 Pat A.
Sep 15, 2014 Judy Daniel
Sep 14, 2014 Sherebanu Kajee
Sep 14, 2014 JAINA CABOT
Sep 14, 2014 Rolaine Bird
Sep 14, 2014 Patricia Dangle
Sep 14, 2014 Marco Escalante
Sep 14, 2014 linda Wouters
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 alma rosa cervantes merlo
Sep 13, 2014 nettie priem
Sep 13, 2014 Shannon Groseclose
Sep 13, 2014 Anton van der Kreeft
Sep 13, 2014 Kristin Kowalski
Sep 13, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 13, 2014 Teena Ley
Sep 13, 2014 samantha Mitchell
Sep 12, 2014 julie wylie all zoos and circuses should be shut down wild animals belong in the wild
Sep 12, 2014 Jaynee Levy-Polis
Sep 12, 2014 Denise Payne
Sep 12, 2014 Johan Claeson
Sep 12, 2014 doris howard
Sep 12, 2014 Christa Izzi
Sep 12, 2014 Michelle Christopher
Sep 12, 2014 Carol Faucett
Sep 12, 2014 Yvonne Brown
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 Carlo Corti
Sep 12, 2014 Simi Utech
Sep 12, 2014 Keaven Van Lom Please do something about this issue for once! I'm tired of having my taxpayer money going towards animal abuse. What a savage country!
Sep 12, 2014 tony o
Sep 12, 2014 jaya bhattacharya
Sep 12, 2014 Sarah Provost
Sep 12, 2014 Mary Jennifer Pruim
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 Jacquelyn Currie
Sep 12, 2014 anna romano
Sep 12, 2014 Pam Westgate
Sep 12, 2014 Jill Hunter The use of bullhooks and other 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.
Sep 12, 2014 Julie McInerney Use the bullhooks on theperpetrators and see how much they like them.
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2014 Darlene Littlefield

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