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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: 36,444
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


Oct 21, 2014 suzanne beer
Oct 21, 2014 Eugenia Capetillo
Oct 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Oct 20, 2014 Holly Eve Genovese
Oct 20, 2014 Cortney Greenlaw
Oct 20, 2014 Ann Yang Ban it once and for All, it's cruel and barbaric 😡😡😡
Oct 20, 2014 Clyde Gam
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Shani Baker
Oct 20, 2014 Elaine Braga
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 Alexandra Bechter
Oct 20, 2014 Dr. Susan Wesley
Oct 20, 2014 Deb Lydford
Oct 20, 2014 Marilyn Mills
Oct 20, 2014 Karen Zimmerman
Oct 19, 2014 Victoria Holzendorf
Oct 19, 2014 Creedance Austin
Oct 19, 2014 Tara Helf STOP HURTING THESE INNOCENT ANIMALS!! They were not put on this earth to be your project in circuses!!!
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Bianca Coles
Oct 18, 2014 Jane White
Oct 18, 2014 Gloria Alvarado
Oct 17, 2014 celeste watt
Oct 17, 2014 brenda rister
Oct 17, 2014 Nicola Breen Patrick
Oct 17, 2014 pamela hedge
Oct 17, 2014 Tanya Guchi
Oct 17, 2014 Sandy Loney Animals do not belong in captivity for entertainment! Stop the insanity ~~ No bullhooks, no circus acts. They don't belong to us for entertainment purposes!
Oct 17, 2014 kathy Mastrandea
Oct 17, 2014 Prairie Moser Cruelty is not acceptable.
Oct 17, 2014 Julie Maxwell
Oct 17, 2014 Kathy Colbert
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 lucia chua
Oct 16, 2014 Mary Colin Arndt
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 Wendy Caswell
Oct 16, 2014 Christina Weasley
Oct 16, 2014 Linda Becker
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 Mary Beth young
Oct 15, 2014 sharla Russell
Oct 15, 2014 Janet Oese Please help to eliminate this barbaric practice.
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 Stephanie Husband
Oct 15, 2014 Paula Kennon
Oct 15, 2014 Sophie Fortier

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