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An ordinance recently passed by the Atlanta City Council on June 18 would ban the use of bullhooks only when a witness comes forward to attest that they were used to “punish” or “discipline” an elephant and that the specific incident resulted in the elephant’s skin being observably broken, scarred, or otherwise damaged—an almost impossible task given that handlers commonly strike elephants in places that hide the wounds, such as behind the ears or under the chin.
The Atlanta City Council needs to take meaningful action and pass a total ban on any use of the bullhook—a proposal that two councilmembers recently introduced. Please contact the Atlanta City Council today and politely urge the councilmembers to do the right thing and put an end to all elephant abuse.
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I am writing to ask you to support the ordinance banning all use of bullhooks on elephants that was introduced by councilmembers Felicia Moore and Natalyn Archibong. While well intended, the recently passed ordinance prohibiting the “discipline” of elephants with bullhooks in limited circumstances is not enforceable as it would apply only if a witness came forward to attest that he or she saw a bullhook used to “punish” an elephant and that the specific incident resulted in the elephant’s skin being observably broken, scarred, or otherwise damaged—an almost impossible task given that this abuse often happens behind the scenes, that handlers commonly strike elephants in places that hide the wounds, such as behind the ears or under the chin, and that circuses use a gray powder called “Wonder Dust” that blends in with elephants’ skin to cover up any wounds. A total ban on bullhooks is the only way to stop circuses from beating elephants.
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The Honorable Kasim Reed
Mayor of Atlanta
Ivory Lee Young
Michael Julian Bond
H. Lamar Willis
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