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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: 40,595
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


Aug 3, 2015 gail russell
Aug 3, 2015 Rachel Hirth
Aug 3, 2015 Samuel Cohen
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 Bee Beckman
Aug 3, 2015 Cinzia Corradi
Aug 3, 2015 Kristen Taylor
Aug 3, 2015 Cathy Carr It is past time to rethink the way animals are treated, abusing them for the purpose of a circus or zoo life is a tragedy. They do not belong in either place, let them live in the wild without being poached or trophy shot.
Aug 3, 2015 Heather Slaughter
Aug 2, 2015 Amy Metroka
Aug 2, 2015 Sherry Spurling
Aug 2, 2015 Peggy Craig
Aug 2, 2015 Keri Knuthson
Aug 2, 2015 Laurie Shumway
Aug 2, 2015 Mary Wylie
Aug 2, 2015 Teresa Simek
Aug 2, 2015 clare beck
Aug 2, 2015 kathy lahmeyer
Aug 1, 2015 Paula Thurston
Aug 1, 2015 Jude Case
Aug 1, 2015 Sjoerd de Graaf
Aug 1, 2015 LINDA EXSTROM
Aug 1, 2015 David Hope STOP THIS INHUMANE WAY OF TRAINING ANIMALS.
Aug 1, 2015 Lois Waldref The bull hooks are cruel and unnecessary torture.
Aug 1, 2015 Linda Lee
Jul 31, 2015 jenn robb
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Judith Beattie
Jul 31, 2015 Sandra Downie I'd much rather never see circuses use live animals in their shows. They should NEVER be used for our entertainment. Zoos are just animal prisons.
Jul 31, 2015 JOHN J NADZAM
Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh This is one of the reasons I will NEVER patronize the circus! We must be the voices for these tortured animals that are used for entertainment!
Jul 31, 2015 Cindy Miller
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 David Forsberg
Jul 31, 2015 L.A. Peace
Jul 31, 2015 felicia gonzales
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 rad ioan
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Traci Bailey
Jul 31, 2015 Marlene Stokes
Jul 31, 2015 Kacee Pals
Jul 31, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 31, 2015 Denise Herek
Jul 31, 2015 Vilia Mori
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Sandra DeLong
Jul 29, 2015 April Kirby
Jul 29, 2015 Dannielle Quaigg

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