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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: 40,006
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

Apr 21, 2015 Emily Mitchell These torture instruments and methods of elephant training must become a thing of the past. Cruelty has no place in "entertainment."
Apr 21, 2015 Maxine Lucas
Apr 21, 2015 anne demey
Apr 20, 2015 Bianca Ansink
Apr 20, 2015 Carl Fernand
Apr 20, 2015 Diane Gudatis
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 philip tudisco
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Evelien De Dobbeleer
Apr 20, 2015 mona de ryck
Apr 20, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
Apr 20, 2015 Kate Burk
Apr 19, 2015 Cheryl Mayo
Apr 19, 2015 Barbara Weifels
Apr 19, 2015 Donna Babao
Apr 19, 2015 nestor berazategui
Apr 19, 2015 Laura Kearney
Apr 19, 2015 Tina White
Apr 18, 2015 Elise Allen
Apr 18, 2015 Cyndi Adams
Apr 18, 2015 Elizabeth Veiga
Apr 17, 2015 Gary Myers
Apr 17, 2015 alison bilbrough
Apr 17, 2015 William E Pfeiffer Jr
Apr 17, 2015 Deborah Hall
Apr 17, 2015 chrissy stout
Apr 17, 2015 Shannon Erickson
Apr 17, 2015 Joyce Moore
Apr 17, 2015 covi lopez
Apr 17, 2015 Gina Stevens
Apr 17, 2015 Tiffany Terry
Apr 17, 2015 Paulette MacMillan
Apr 17, 2015 Tracey Downing
Apr 17, 2015 Insha Qari
Apr 17, 2015 IM Wiens
Apr 17, 2015 Billie Dennis
Apr 17, 2015 Jaci Wrana
Apr 17, 2015 MJ Black
Apr 17, 2015 Jeanne Bruno
Apr 17, 2015 Johanna Kristin Sigurz
Apr 17, 2015 alanna kilpatrick
Apr 16, 2015 Manuela Hameter
Apr 16, 2015 Jean DalCanton
Apr 16, 2015 Stephanie Perkins
Apr 16, 2015 Corine noiren
Apr 16, 2015 tiina jauhiainen
Apr 16, 2015 Jocelyn Eke No bullhooks!
Apr 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2015 Sarah Olson

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