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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: 38,046
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


Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 lorraine foster
Dec 19, 2014 Rebecca Thompson
Dec 19, 2014 Alice Neuman save animals exploited in circuses and zoos!
Dec 19, 2014 APRIL FOXWELL
Dec 19, 2014 Jody Draznin
Dec 18, 2014 ashley brown
Dec 18, 2014 Karen Eldridge
Dec 18, 2014 K Cumpston
Dec 18, 2014 Carole Kronberg Same goes for people; inflicting pain (torture) is unacceptable! - Our self-appointed "masters" should stop using sticks, and use carrots!
Dec 18, 2014 Susan Joyce
Dec 18, 2014 debbie patrick
Dec 18, 2014 Tatiana Musatova
Dec 18, 2014 Lois Ahlquist
Dec 17, 2014 Mark Calise
Dec 17, 2014 Sybille Colomb
Dec 17, 2014 elizabeth madanelo
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Tamara Rudic
Dec 17, 2014 Gail Blan
Dec 17, 2014 Dawn Needham
Dec 17, 2014 Lori Shimabukuro
Dec 17, 2014 Marilyn Martin
Dec 17, 2014 Arlene Naranjo
Dec 17, 2014 Valerie Crowley
Dec 16, 2014 Emily Bergman
Dec 16, 2014 teagan hill "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and we have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralph Inge
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) It shouldn't be legal to have elephants in circuses. How many of us would like to be bused around the country. These are highly intelligent and social animals. To use them for "entertainment and subject to bullhooks is UNCONSCIONABLE
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 15, 2014 Linda Lawson
Dec 15, 2014 Elaine Sutcliffe
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 Evelyn Reynolds
Dec 15, 2014 Katia Keresztes "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and we have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralph Inge
Dec 14, 2014 Beverly Patterson This has to stop. It is time for us to move into the 21st century!!!
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2014 ana maria pacheco
Dec 12, 2014 anna helenes
Dec 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2014 Jennifer Smith
Dec 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2014 Dorothy Roberts
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) Why on earth in this day & age are people still going to watch animals in circuses! Some people are cruel & senseless!
Dec 11, 2014 Rui Pina
Dec 10, 2014 Carol Burnett
Dec 10, 2014 Ulrika Glaser Rydberg
Dec 10, 2014 Dora De Roeck
Dec 10, 2014 Elisabetta Argenta

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