PAWS ALERT!

Los Angeles Residents:

Take Action to Ban the Bullhook in Los Angeles!

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council will vote on a proposal to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in traveling shows. We urge all Los Angeles residents to call and email the city council and urge members to support this critical proposal that would make Los Angeles the largest U.S. city to adopt such a ban.

 

What : L.A. City Council vote to ban bullhooks in traveling shows

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 10 a.m.

Where: John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012

 

Please wear something yellow to show unity on this issue.

 

If you would like to speak during public comment, please prepare a simple statement, no more than two minutes long. When you arrive in the Council room, you will need to fill out a speaker's card, which can be found on a table at the very back of the room.

 

The bullhook is a steel-tipped weapon resembling a fireplace poker, with a sharp tip and hook at the end. It is used to prod, hook and strike elephants in order to dominate and control them, and to make them perform on cue. For the bullhook to be effective, an elephant must be made to fear the device and the threat of the pain it delivers. This association is regularly reinforced throughout an elephant's entire life, making use of the bullhook a serious issue.

 

At PAWS, even though we have worked with highly dangerous elephants, we have never once used a bullhook.

 

There is no humane way to use a bullhook, which is why PAWS, other sanctuaries and progressive zoos have forbidden its use. They instead practice a method of management that uses positive reinforcement training and a protective barrier between keepers and elephants.

 

At a time when elephants are seriously endangered in the wild and in need of our respect and protection, it sends the wrong message to allow them to be treated cruelly for the sake of entertainment. 

 

What you can do:  

 

Important:
If we are to win this important vote, it is critical that we keep our message clear and focused on the bullhook issue only.

 

1. Email city council members (contact information follows), urging them to support a ban on the use of bullhooks in traveling shows. You can use the following messages, but please personalize them to make them even more effective. When calling your council member, be sure to say that you live in his/her district.

 

2. Call each council member, as a follow-up to your email.

 

Sample phone message:

 

My name is ___________ and I live in Los Angeles. I am fully in support of a ban on the use of bullhooks on elephants in traveling shows. Please ask the councilmember to vote yes on the bullhook ban in order to protect elephants and public safety. It's just the right thing, and the compassionate thing, to do.

 

Sample email message:

 

Dear Councilmember,

 

As a Los Angeles citizen, I urge you to vote yes to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in traveling shows. 

 

The bullhook is a menacing weapon used to control and dominate elephants through the threat of painful punishment. This outdated and inhumane practice has no place in our compassionate city and must be prohibited.

 

There is no humane way to use a bullhook, which is why sanctuaries and progressive zoos have rejected the bullhook in favor of a management method that uses positive reinforcement training and a protective barrier between keepers and elephants.

 

The Los Angeles Zoo no longer uses bullhooks to manage elephants. There is no reason to allow traveling shows to use them in our city either.

 

At a time when elephants are endangered in the wild and critically in need of our respect and protection, it sends the wrong message to allow elephants to be treated cruelly for the sake of entertainment.

 

Please vote yes to ban the use of bullhooks in traveling shows.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Email block:

You can simply copy and paste this block of emails into the "To" line of your email.

 

councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org, councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org, councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org, councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org, paul.koretz@lacity.org, councilmember.martinez@lacity.org, councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org, councilmember.parks@lacity.org, councilmember.price@lacity.org, councilmember.wesson@lacity.org, councilmember.bonin@lacity.org, councilmember.englander@lacity.org, councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, councilmember.huizar@lacity.org, councildistrict15@lacity.org

 

L.A. City Council contact list:

(To find out who represents you in Los Angeles, visit http://lacity.org and scroll down to the bottom of the page to "Neighborhood Resources." You can type in your address where indicated, press "Go," and get information on your elected officials.)

 

Gilbert Cedillo

councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org 

213-473-7001

 

Paul Krekorian

councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org
213-473-7002

 

Bob Blumenfield

councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org
213-473-7003

 

Tom LaBonge

councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org

213-473-7004

 

Paul Koretz

paul.koretz@lacity.org

213-473-7005

 

Nury Martinez

councilmember.martinez@lacity.org

(213) 473-7006

 

Felipe Fuentes

councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org

213-473-7007

 

Bernard Parks

councilmember.parks@lacity.org

213-473-7008

 

Curren D. Price, Jr.

councilmember.price@lacity.org

213-473-7009

 

Herb Wesson, Jr.

councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

213-473-7010

 

Mike Bonin

councilmember.bonin@lacity.org

213-473-7011

 

Mitchell Englander

councilmember.englander@lacity.org

213-473-7012

 

Mitch O'Farrell

councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org

213-473-7013

 

Jose Huizar

councilmember.huizar@lacity.org

(213)-473-7014

 

Joe Buscaino

councildistrict15@lacity.org

213-473-7015

 

 

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For more information, please contact PAWS' director of science, research and advocacy, Catherine Doyle, at cdoyle@pawsweb.org.

 

 

 

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