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Joan Jett Wants Rhode Island to Protect Elephants from Abuse

Rock Icon Pens Letter to Lawmakers Urging For the Passage of HB 7192/S 2189

Joan Jett, on the heels of her performance with Nirvana at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, penned a letter urging lawmakers in Rhode Island to ban inhumane elephant training devices. A hearing on the matter will take place April 15.

The bullhook is the device most commonly used by circuses to train and control elephants. Resembling a fireplace poker, a bullhook has a sharp metal hook and spiked tip, and the handle is typically plastic or wood. It is used to poke, prod, strike and hit elephants on their sensitive skin in order to "train" them and often causes puncture wounds and lacerations.

H 7192/S 2189 prohibits the constant chaining of elephants. Elephants in circuses are typically chained overnight by two legs, permitting only enough space to move three feet forward or backward. Chaining severely limits movement and the ability to lie down and causes deadly foot disorders and arthritis.


Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 301-548-7793, namini@humanesociety.org