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Los Angeles Bans Use of Bullhooks on Circus Elephants

October 24, 2013 by Leave a Comment


The News

Los Angeles became the first city in the United States to ban bullhooks, tools used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses to “keep elephants under control.” According to the L.A. Times, “voting unanimously, the City Council asked the city attorney’s office to prepare an ordinance outlawing the use of the bullhook. Baseball bats, ax handles, pitchforks and other implements used on the pachyderms would also be banned.” Some activists are angry that the Council” agreed to give circuses three years to either change how they handle elephants or remove them from shows altogether.” Because elephants cannot be controlled without bullhooks, a ban on their use is really a ban on the use of elephants. According to One Green Planet, circuses that use elephants have already been banned in Bolivia, Peru, Slovenia, Cyprus, Greece, Paraguay, Columbia, the Netherlands. A ban in the U.K. goes into effect in 2015.

Circus Elephant Trainer with bullhook

Circus Elephant Trainer with bullhook

News & Opinion

Bullhooks are weapons used by “trainers” to scare captive elephants into submission. Their use is one of many reasons why elephants and other wild animals should not be used in circuses. If you support a ban on circus animals, then please see this article published by One Green Planet on ways you can help.


Bear Euthanized in spite of Efforts of Animal Rights Groups & Elected Officials

May 28, 1014 by Leave a Comment


The News

The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation “euthanized” a bear who wandered into a residential neighborhood in Albany, in spite of pleas from local residents and animal rights groups to relocate the bear to a sanctuary.

Photo credits: Albany Times Union

Photo credits: Albany Times Union

News & Opinion

NY State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, who has been a consistent advocate for animals in the state legislature, stated, “After surviving being hit by a car, shot with a gun and a tranquilizer and falling from a tree after being stuck there for 24 hours, the bear fell victim to the DEC’s misguided policies. This ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mentality must be stopped.”   In our own communities, each of us must help to elect animal-friendly lawmakers who can collaborate to stop senseless killing like this.