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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: 37,874
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


Nov 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2014 kathleen busi
Nov 28, 2014 jen s
Nov 28, 2014 Susie Austen Aghh please stop this what century are we living in!
Nov 28, 2014 Tomislava Ciglenjak Bullhooks are cruel to elephants and have no place in a modern, civilized society.
Nov 28, 2014 Daniela Nyvltova
Nov 28, 2014 MORGAN JOHNSON
Nov 28, 2014 Kristie Mamelli
Nov 28, 2014 Cathy Casper Maybe some of these people need to be bullhooked.
Nov 28, 2014 T G
Nov 28, 2014 Kristin Graham
Nov 28, 2014 Andrea Cavalier
Nov 27, 2014 Kim Guysick
Nov 27, 2014 kim walsh
Nov 27, 2014 Melissa Neubauer
Nov 27, 2014 Helen Gillis
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 Emily Tenaglia
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 Susan Granias
Nov 26, 2014 Gabrielle Gibbons
Nov 26, 2014 Mariana Heymans
Nov 26, 2014 Gina Freitas
Nov 26, 2014 Carolina Chittofrati
Nov 26, 2014 Jacqueline Park
Nov 26, 2014 Lorryn Young
Nov 26, 2014 Tonisha Webb
Nov 26, 2014 di joyce
Nov 26, 2014 Jane Robinson
Nov 26, 2014 Cheryl Blankenship
Nov 26, 2014 Anita Parys
Nov 26, 2014 brian rader
Nov 26, 2014 Magali McArthur
Nov 25, 2014 Pat Wilkinson
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Ban all animal entertainment, ban these circuses. Free these captive animals PERIOD
Nov 25, 2014 Dominique Nemo
Nov 25, 2014 W. Cimicata
Nov 25, 2014 Mark Smith because its despicably wrong to treat an elephant any other way than you would treat a human
Nov 25, 2014 Luanne Alomair
Nov 25, 2014 Paul Garrett
Nov 25, 2014 Reverend Jane Eagle A device that whose ONLY purpose is to inflict pain should never be legal.
Nov 25, 2014 Amanisha Mead
Nov 25, 2014 Angela mills
Nov 24, 2014 Stephanie Liganad
Nov 24, 2014 Adriana Flores
Nov 24, 2014 Sevda Karagedik
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 Roberta Rife
Nov 23, 2014 Christina Morales
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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