Success: Rhode Island Becomes First State to Ban Cruel Elephant Training Tool

Elephant Mister-E

Target: Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island

Goal: Thank Rhode Island for banning the cruel elephant training tool, the bullhook.

Elephants used in the entertainment industry are often trained with an instrument called a bullhook. Bullhooks are long, sharp sticks with a metal hook at the end. They are often used to beat the elephants until they perform the proper trick.

While some cities and counties have already banned the use of bullhooks, Rhode Island is the first state to ban the weapon. This is in part due to public outcry and petitions like this one at ForceChange. Hopefully more states will follow in Rhode Island’s footsteps.

Sign this petition and thank Rhode Island for banning this cruel training tool. It is inspiring to see more laws being passed that protect the rights of animals.


Dear Governor Raimondo,

Recently, your state became the first to ban the use of the cruel elephant training tool, the bullhook. Some cities and counties have banned the use of the tool, however, becoming the first state to ban the bullhook is a monumental move.

As you know, trainers typically beat elephants with bullhooks until the animal performs the proper trick. It is inspiring and hopeful to see that people are starting to become aware of these practices and are making moves to prevent this cruelty.

Thank you for all your hard work in banning the bullhook. I can only hope more states follow in your footsteps.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Bullhooks are not cruel.
    They do not hurt the elephant.
    they are used to lead and get an elephant’s attention.
    do you know what happens if you hurt an elephant? It will kill you as easy as swatting a fly.
    . A loofah sponge is used to discipline an elephant.

    • Bev Woodburn says:

      What the hell are you commenting about you idiot.
      The bullhook is a vile and sadistic tool for training innocent and helpless Elephants and must be banned from being used Worldwide.
      You are a complete arsehole. Crawl back into the cesspool you crawled out of you pea size brain moron.
      And you say they will kill you. What such rubbish I have read in your heartless comment. The trouble these Elephants have been tortured from babies with these vile and sadistic Bullhooks and their fear is
      unimaginable. So shut the f— up you moron.

  2. Malcolm Booth says:

    Good move Governor. Thanks

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared 😊

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