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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: 43,623
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


Apr 25, 2017 Ayşe Darendeli
Apr 24, 2017 Vel Roe
Apr 24, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Apr 24, 2017 CRYSTAL TUMINELLI
Apr 24, 2017 Andrea Rematore
Apr 24, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Apr 24, 2017 f a
Apr 24, 2017 Luisa Melo
Apr 23, 2017 Sandra Walton
Apr 23, 2017 Kim Williams
Apr 23, 2017 Debbie Reed
Apr 22, 2017 Angela Kohnke
Apr 22, 2017 Mary Hurley
Apr 22, 2017 Rebecca Bennett
Apr 22, 2017 Jane Munns
Apr 22, 2017 Jane Rosa
Apr 21, 2017 BILL FOWLER
Apr 21, 2017 Brittney Coles-Webb
Apr 21, 2017 Rebecca Maclean
Apr 21, 2017 graciela kries
Apr 21, 2017 Heather Cohen
Apr 21, 2017 Tiffany White
Apr 21, 2017 Kristen Witt
Apr 21, 2017 Simon Adams
Apr 21, 2017 Carol DeCrescentis
Apr 21, 2017 Stephane Pecenka
Apr 21, 2017 Lisa Hanselman
Apr 21, 2017 Marina Kotelnikova
Apr 20, 2017 consuelo carrasco
Apr 20, 2017 Beth Perdue
Apr 20, 2017 Vilma Salvador
Apr 20, 2017 Duarte Florindo Sejam humanos e não monstros!
Apr 20, 2017 Maria João Carvalho
Apr 20, 2017 Coleen Kane And this is why i will NEVER GO TO A CIRCUS OR ZOO...its just disgusting what is being done or even entertained at these scumbag places.People we need to ban together and stop going to these torture arenas.
Apr 20, 2017 Suzy Lewis
Apr 20, 2017 Eva-Maria Haak
Apr 20, 2017 Marzena Hoszowska
Apr 19, 2017 aprielle dela cruz
Apr 19, 2017 Dawn Ciszar
Apr 19, 2017 Priscilla Auger
Apr 19, 2017 Nikki Sewell
Apr 19, 2017 Wolfgang Zang
Apr 19, 2017 Rosi Zang
Apr 19, 2017 Astrid Süßbrich
Apr 19, 2017 Eva MariaGenovese
Apr 19, 2017 Helle Andersen
Apr 19, 2017 Kirsten Patel
Apr 19, 2017 Hannah Crone
Apr 19, 2017 Anne Thane Nielsen PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP THIS MATTER!!!
Apr 18, 2017 Jerri Berg

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