Circus
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes.

In a landmark decision for wildlife, The City Council of Los Angeles finalized a bullhook ban on Wednesday.

Bullhooks are sharp and painful tools used by trainers to train elephants to perform for the public in circuses. The ban of this cruel practice essentially means the end of elephants performing in Los Angeles because the large and powerful animals cannot be trained to submit without them.

Stephen Payne, vice president of corporate communications for Feld Entertainment, the parent company for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, told the L.A. Times, “We’re not going to come to L.A. without our elephants. The Asian elephant has been a symbol of Ringling Bros. for 144 years. We cannot bring them without using USDA-approved husbandry tools.”

The ban will go into effect in the year 2017 to give circuses time to adjust.

“Circuses have been placed on notice that they’re welcome to come to town — but not at the expense of cruelty to elephants. There’s nothing stopping them from presenting the Ringling Bros. circus without elephants,” said Carney Anne Nasser, an attorney for PETA.

Well done, Los Angeles! We salute you.

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Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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