June 13, 2014
Rhode Island Lawmakers Urge Circuses and Travelling Shows to Ban Bullhooks
The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a resolution urging circuses and travelling shows to eliminate the use of bullhooks and similar devices for training captive elephants. This is the first time a state legislative body has made such a proclamation. Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“We commend the House of Representatives for taking this first step and urge other cities and states to finally put an end to this abusive treatment toward captive elephants. These highly intelligent animals are often chained for a majority of their lives, shipped to dozens of cities a year, separated from their family groups and often struck with bullhooks to force them to submit and perform painful tricks. Devices that cause pain and suffering have no place in the handling of captive elephants.”
In a recent Mason Dixon statewide survey, Rhode Island residents did not show support for the use of bullhooks and other abusive training devices on elephants, by 75 percent to 13 percent.
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