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California Assembly Votes to Ban Elephant Bullhooks

The California Assembly has passed a bill that will ban the use of elephant bullhooks in circuses and traveling shows (69-8-3) following a similar action by the Senate (29-7). SB 716, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, heads to a concurrence vote in the Senate and then on to Gov. Brown for his signature. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

"The California legislature is poised to be the first in the nation to protect elephants from bullhooks commonly used to handle and abuse elephants in circuses and other outdated facilities. This bill passed with bipartisan support, and it builds in a dramatic way on the March announcement from Ringling Bros. that it would phase out the use of elephants in traveling acts."

All but one Democrat who cast a vote today favored the bill, and a solid majority of the Republican caucus in the Assembly also favored the measure. The HSUS thanks our colleagues at the Oakland Zoo and Performing Animal Welfare Society and Sen. Lara, co-author and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Assemblymember Brian Maeinshein, R-San Diego, for their leadership.

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

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