Ban LA Elephant Bullhooks!Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on October 22, 2013
Update 10-23-2013: Los Angeles passed the ban! There will be a three year phase in period to implement the ban and elephants in circuses still suffer in other ways, but this is a great step in the right direction.
On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council will be voting on a recommendation to ban the use of sharp, steel bullhooks, and other repugnant devices on elephants in any public performance (including “baseball bats, axe handles, pitchforks, and other implements and tools designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants”). These weapons are regularly used by circuses, and other traveling shows, and result in both physical and emotional scarring of elephants.
Elephants used in entertainment are subjected to many cruel practices in addition to the use of bullhooks. They face extended periods chained in railroad cars, they suffer stressful travel, they are deprived of anything that is natural to them, and various other cruelties. However, a ban on bullhooks and related instruments of torture is a good first step towards recognizing and addressing the cruelty inherent in the use of animals in entertainment.
ALDF is calling on all Los Angeles residents to urge City Council members to support this critical proposal that would make Los Angeles the largest U.S. city to adopt such a ban.
To find out who represents you in Los Angeles, type in your address where indicated and press “find” to see your City Council Member. You can contact City Council Members by email individually and show your support to City Council Members on social media. To send an email to the entire City Council, click the take action button below.
You also can attend the hearing in person and wear something yellow to show solidarity to show your support:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 10 a.m.
John Ferraro Council Chamber
Room 340, City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012
There may be an opportunity to make a short statement of support of the bullhook ban.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, please make a brief, polite phone call to your City Council Member. You can say, “I am a constituent. I care about animal cruelty and welfare, and therefore urge you to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in Los Angeles.”
After you call, please send a follow-up email message to all the City Council members. The contact information is below. While ALDF opposes the use of any wild animals in entertainment, a Los Angeles bullhook ban is a significant move toward that goal. Thank you for supporting this positive step forward in improving the welfare of these majestic beings.
City Council Telephone Numbers
Curren D. Price, Jr.
Herb Wesson, Jr.