Today in Georgia, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is voting on whether or not to ban bullhooks from being used to train circus elephants.
And there is nothing like a little star power to help get the word out and public opinion on the side of the animals.
Demi Moore partnered with PETA to write a letter to the board. She wrote, “Today, elephant sanctuaries and most zoos – including Zoo Atlanta – never use bullhooks or other weapon-like tools to punish elephants. I hope you will extend that inherent decency to elephants used in circuses… The elephants deserve our kindness, respect, and protection.”
What’s a bullhook you ask? A training tool with a sharp steel hook. Think of something like a fire poker that’s used to hit the animal any time they do not do something the trainer wants.
We recently reported that the elephant star of “Water for Elephants” had a brutal history with the bullhook.
We hope that today the board of commissioners makes the decision to protect elephants passing through the state. They have a bad enough situation being forced to perform in a circus. At the very least they should be free from physical abuse.
Via Vegetarian Star