Ban the Bullhook
Nebraska State Legislature
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(Prohibits certain devices and methods for use on Elephants)
TO PROTECT CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS I N CIRCUSES AND TRAVELLING SHOWS, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, SUPPORT A LEGISLATIVE STATEWIDE BAN ON THE NOTORIOUS BULLHOOK.
This device consists of a rod ending in a steel hook. Both ends are used (the handle as a bat, the hook for jabbing extremely sensitive areas) to inflict damage and pain in violent training sessions. The bullhook's presence in the ring intimidates and reminds the conditioned elephant that failure to obey will result in severe punishment later.
Beatings are standard circus industry practice to break these intelligent, sensitive and social animals, who spend most of their lives in chains; and to train them to perform unnatural and degrading tricks.
Baby elephants are torn early from their mothers, and tied down for days and beaten with a bullhook daily. Many have died prematurely.
We reject, as unsuitable entertainment for our children, that these gentle giants and their babies should suffer the cruel violence of beatings with the bullhook - a relic of a barbaric age, which should be unacceptable in a civilized society. We request a ban on the use and presence of the bullhook, and use of other standard circus-industry tools, such as electric prods (shocking devises); baseball bats etc.