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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: 44,736
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


Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Barbieri
Jun 16, 2018 Jude Gorgopa
Jun 16, 2018 Tama Chan
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 7, 2018 Karen Myers
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Madeleine Norris Using animals for entertainment purposes (aswell as food and fashion) should be banned anyway but its a step forward
Jun 2, 2018 claudia citton
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 30, 2018 Brandi Shelby
May 30, 2018 Kristy Kirstin terrible to do this to God's innocent animals
May 29, 2018 SHANE AUSTIN
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 Sue Britton
May 29, 2018 Lyn Clayton So cruel and heartbreaking. These beautiful gentle animals were not born for this torture, just for entertainment. It's disgraceful, and anyone who takes part in this obviously has no heart or soul. They deserve to live in peace, just like anyone else.
May 29, 2018 Katharine Riddle
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 m d
May 29, 2018 libby garofalo
May 29, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
May 28, 2018 erika raven those who watch these shows are just as guilty as those who torture the elephants. Without the spectators this would stop to exist. Do not support zoos and circuses!
May 28, 2018 Paula Eppler Elephants are highly sensitive and intelligent creatures, perhaps they need more intelligent trainers rather than a dullard with a bull hook.
May 28, 2018 JoAnn Shuleski
May 28, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater
May 28, 2018 Stephanie Passmore
May 27, 2018 Julie Wild
May 27, 2018 Brandi Phillips
May 27, 2018 mary Pinnegar
May 27, 2018 Ruth Lotz
May 27, 2018 josilda josilda
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Heather Thompson
May 27, 2018 Judith Mumbauer
May 27, 2018 Dionne Toye
May 27, 2018 Julia Moore
May 27, 2018 Kathy Monaco
May 27, 2018 Robert Reed
May 27, 2018 Cynthia Murphy
May 27, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 27, 2018 Andrea Bassett
May 27, 2018 Gerald Ladd
May 27, 2018 Charity Thayn
May 26, 2018 Elizabeth Cima
May 26, 2018 Axa Tolonen

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