Applaud Ban on Cruel Elephant Bullhooks

Target: Jean Quan, Oakland Mayor

Goal: Stop painful, inhumane bullhooks from being used on elephants in circuses

Oakland’s City Council just voted to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses in the city. Bullhooks are large batons with a sharp metal hook at the end, and are commonly used to jab and hit elephants as a part of their training for appearing in circuses. This method is extremely cruel, and the sharp metal is used to jab and hit very young elephants in the most sensitive parts of their bodies to get them to obey. Oakland’s decision to ban their use is an important one, so please join us in thanking the mayor and City Council for taking a stand for elephants.

Following Oakland’s decision, Austin, Texas voted to start drafting a similar ban bill. Hopefully this will become the standard in U.S. cities, so that circuses do not go on abusing animals for profit. As reported by PETA, Mayor Quan made a statement about the ban, saying ‘I’m convinced we’re going to move to a time when there won’t be any elephants in circuses.’ We couldn’t agree more.

This kind of abuse in the name of entertainment cannot be condoned, and we should express our appreciation of work being done against it. This is just the first step, but it is still extremely important in the fight against the use and abuse of animal in circuses. Please express your appreciation to the mayor and encourage Oakland to keep promoting legislation to protect animals.


Dear Mayor Quan,

I am writing to thank you for a recent Oakland City Council decision, officially banning the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses. This tool, which is standard in circuses, is extremely cruel and should be illegal to use everywhere in the U.S., and I greatly appreciate Oakland for taking a stand against it. Hopefully other cities will follow your lead and promote legislation to defend animals.

I would also like to encourage you to look into other harmful practices in circuses and in other industries. No circus animal is treated well, so the fight goes beyond elephants, and hopefully Oakland can become a leader in fighting for all animals.

Much appreciation to you and to the City Council for this decision. I support it and hope to hear more good news from Oakland.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Heather Norwood via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Michael Guest says:

    This is some good news. But more has to be done. Hopefully they’ll stop bringing traveling animals to circuses.

  2. Ban circuses.

  3. Bull Hooks must bre BANNED everywhere. This is cruel, horrific & barbaric treatment of animals.

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Very good news. No animal deserves to be treated in this way. Elephants are highly social and intelligent creatures and deserve to be respected and to live safe in their natural habitat.

  5. There shouldn’t be any circuses exploiting live animals in the first place, let alone systematically torturing them!

  6. I signed this with some reservations, as I am sure they will come up with a more hideous way to torture captive animals. Let’s still try to outlaw all animal acts.

  7. Circuses equal animal abuse. Ban all circuses.

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