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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: 44,677
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 25, 2018 Melinda Matheus
May 24, 2018 Danielle Staniskov
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Jomarie Minton
May 21, 2018 Ronda Hightower
May 21, 2018 Elva Munro
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 Patricia Nielsen
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Justine Valla USDA did nothing for Nosey the elephant.
May 20, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Deborah Berwick
May 19, 2018 Kate Evans
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Kathy Fuller
May 18, 2018 Jill Banta
May 18, 2018 Kathy Zelaya
May 18, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 18, 2018 Donna Hart
May 18, 2018 Natalie Gray
May 18, 2018 Doradean Correia
May 18, 2018 alan harper
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 sylvia sutherland
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
May 18, 2018 Pam Steele
May 18, 2018 Marianne Cresci stop using these beautiful animals for entertainment. they are not ours to abuse.
May 18, 2018 Dennis Gaida
May 18, 2018 Bradley Couchman
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Lorna Soto
May 17, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 16, 2018 Lily Crumb
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Felicia Weiner
May 16, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Debby Ledbetter If only you could experience this on your bodies... INHUMANE for the sake of laziness, cruelty, and to line your pockets, all at the expense of innocent beings FOR SHAME
May 15, 2018 Monica La Marfa
May 15, 2018 Gail Lang
May 15, 2018 Nancy Jacobs

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