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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: 42,825
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


Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 24, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Sep 23, 2016 Leslie Pfost
Sep 23, 2016 zana midmore
Sep 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Laura Valentine Further to a ban on bullhooks, why not ban zoo's using animals for entertainment full stop!
Sep 23, 2016 Monika Barron
Sep 23, 2016 michael blechman
Sep 23, 2016 SHANA MARCENGILL
Sep 23, 2016 JoAnn Drozdik
Sep 22, 2016 arline lohli
Sep 20, 2016 Shannon Smith
Sep 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2016 Kathie Eckerson
Sep 18, 2016 amy plamann
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Kelly Mack
Sep 16, 2016 Barbara Cartwright
Sep 16, 2016 Heather Corry
Sep 16, 2016 Dona Anderson
Sep 16, 2016 Mary Kay Siegel
Sep 16, 2016 Lisa Annecone
Sep 16, 2016 lisa jawahar
Sep 15, 2016 Debra Rogers
Sep 15, 2016 Karen DeLorge
Sep 15, 2016 Hans Janssen Animals have no voice and no choice, it is up to good people to speak up for the animals. Protect animals from the beasts, in this case the beasts being everyone involved in this inhumane and cruel atrocity. May love, wisdom and kindness always guide you.
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Sep 13, 2016 Kathy Sparrow
Sep 13, 2016 Cynthia Mahlin
Sep 13, 2016 Lynn Hansen
Sep 12, 2016 Myrna Alvarado
Sep 12, 2016 Denise Parsons
Sep 12, 2016 Adine Hamlin I'd like to use a bull hook on you
Sep 12, 2016 Hank Drozdik Laws should be changed to stop using animals in any circus or zoo. What will it take to give these animals the decent and respectable life they deserve?
Sep 12, 2016 MaryAnn Vasquez
Sep 12, 2016 Janis ciaramello
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Robert Stroud
Sep 12, 2016 debra Goldstein Lustig
Sep 12, 2016 Susan Seidman
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 12, 2016 Peg Bell - Lohr
Sep 12, 2016 liliya belogaeva
Sep 9, 2016 ken y SHAME on the USA my own country tortures and imprisons animals I am so embarrassed &ashamed of my own country for this violence towards animals and peoples acceptance of it
Sep 8, 2016 Ellen Baker
Sep 8, 2016 Denise Cronin
Sep 8, 2016 Joana Cipriano

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