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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: 38,623
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


Feb 28, 2015 Elizabeth D"Onofrio
Feb 28, 2015 julia morelli
Feb 27, 2015 johnnie thompson
Feb 27, 2015 Heather Donohue
Feb 27, 2015 Barbara Garris
Feb 27, 2015 Annette Utz
Feb 27, 2015 Shirley Moore
Feb 27, 2015 Aimee Alfonso
Feb 27, 2015 Patricia Tripp
Feb 26, 2015 Catherine Tallman
Feb 26, 2015 Cynthia Lantz
Feb 26, 2015 Claire Hamlyn
Feb 26, 2015 Kathie Mcelwain
Feb 25, 2015 James Carrell
Feb 25, 2015 Debbie Waynick This disgusts me, end it immediately!
Feb 25, 2015 Kelly Lane Unnecessary cruelty
Feb 25, 2015 lisa Lucko-Powell
Feb 25, 2015 Elise Buffie
Feb 25, 2015 marilyn shup
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Annenet Weers STOP!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 25, 2015 Ruby Todd
Feb 25, 2015 B.A. Stanton
Feb 25, 2015 Sarah Dolar
Feb 25, 2015 Christina Heldenbrand Please honor the elephants and All your animals at the circus they are Working hard for you as it is!
Feb 25, 2015 Penny Spooner Animals response to happiness & kindness - only an unpleasant creature would treat these sensitive, intelligent, beautiful elephants so barbarically. Totally uncivilised behaviour!
Feb 25, 2015 Anne Siesener-Torres
Feb 25, 2015 Jodie Zupancic
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) Sick people need to be punished.animals cant stand up for themselves but we can
Feb 24, 2015 Jeanne Horton
Feb 24, 2015 Chris Foster
Feb 24, 2015 Susan Vesey
Feb 24, 2015 Regina Ferrell
Feb 24, 2015 maria m
Feb 24, 2015 Lucie Baird-Macfarlane
Feb 24, 2015 Amber Russell Absolutely cruel. They're so intelligent, they'd listen out of love. Animals are easily trained with love.
Feb 24, 2015 A Nelson Courser
Feb 24, 2015 Ann Bennett
Feb 24, 2015 DIANE jones
Feb 24, 2015 kari dixon
Feb 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2015 susan perry
Feb 24, 2015 etay markman A ban on bullhooks will stop the use of elephants in zoos an circuses eventually
Feb 24, 2015 Shannon Keiser
Feb 24, 2015 Leigh Campbell
Feb 24, 2015 Susan Johnson
Feb 24, 2015 Karin de Graaff
Feb 24, 2015 Luciana Medeiros Devemos defender todo e qualquer animal que seja maltratado. Elefantes são para viverem na selva, na savana, não em circos, zoológicos ou como animais de atracção turística. Clamemos bem alto a nossa indignação!
Feb 24, 2015 Liiane Giger
Feb 24, 2015 Marta Feio Zoos and circuses are inappropriate places for animals.

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