VICTORY: Los Angeles Says No to Bullhooks!
If you’re in need of a midweek pick-me-up (or if you just ♥ elephants as much as we do), you’re gonna want to listen up because I’ve got some HUGE NEWS!
As if Los Angeles weren’t already on a roll for animals (the city recently banned pet stores from selling puppies, kittens, and rabbits from breeders and then became the first major city to endorse Meatless Monday), the Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to ban the cruel use of bullhooks.
So, what does this mean? It means:
- Once the ban is phased in, Ringling Bros. and other circuses that abuse elephants will no longer be allowed to haul them to Los Angeles in cramped, stifling boxcars or trucks in which they’re kept chained for up to 100 hours at a time.
- These circuses will no longer be allowed to drag elephants into an L.A. arena and force them to stand on their heads or balance on balls with the ever-present bullhook looming threateningly nearby.
- In L.A., they will no longer be able to deprive elephants of the right to be elephants.
Like I said, this is HUGE NEWS for elephants and a huge blow to circuses that use and abuse animals—and it couldn’t have happened without the support of compassionate people like you who fight every day for animals who suffer under the big top.