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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: 40,241
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


May 27, 2015 Deborah Cohen I beg you to enact legislation to stop this cruelty. We, as humans, have not right to call ourselves social loving if we hurt and destroy other species around us.
May 27, 2015 Kris McClain
May 27, 2015 Tina Haby
May 27, 2015 Maria Landsberg
May 27, 2015 DEBERA GAMBEE
May 27, 2015 Doris Pacitto
May 27, 2015 luigi bertoldo
May 27, 2015 Paul-Denis Clermont
May 27, 2015 Patrick Golden
May 27, 2015 Jodi Perkins
May 27, 2015 Marci Turner
May 26, 2015 Ashley Hovater
May 25, 2015 Erika Kenny
May 25, 2015 Olga Madzarevic
May 25, 2015 Anita O'Dell terrible thing to do to these beautiful animals I hate circuses never will go
May 25, 2015 Madi Rowley
May 24, 2015 Lauren Stein
May 24, 2015 Linda Douglas
May 24, 2015 Diana Gross
May 24, 2015 Elizabeth Balogh
May 23, 2015 Deborah Sward
May 23, 2015 Pauline Seymour
May 23, 2015 robin blanton
May 23, 2015 Allan Kaopua
May 23, 2015 simon davies
May 23, 2015 Debbie Costantino
May 22, 2015 Kayla Morris
May 22, 2015 Tami Fleming
May 22, 2015 danielle donovan
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 karen wiles
May 22, 2015 Beverly Terhune
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Penny Karn
May 22, 2015 Francisco de Tavira
May 22, 2015 TAMARA BRAGG
May 22, 2015 Jacqueline Wallace
May 22, 2015 J.B. Johnson-Allen
May 22, 2015 Nancy Elliott
May 22, 2015 jennifer koning they need to stop using animals in circuses period! Especially wild animals. They should not be captive and used for 'entertainment'! So cruel! Greed!
May 22, 2015 Andy Pepper
May 22, 2015 Doris DAHAN Rmeily
May 21, 2015 svetlana davidovic
May 21, 2015 hazel johnson
May 20, 2015 tonia beckler
May 20, 2015 Aidee Burt
May 20, 2015 Edna McConnell
May 19, 2015 Leigh Ann NASH
May 19, 2015 Karen Schams
May 19, 2015 Susan Gregory

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