CONTACT SENATORS RE CIRCUS BULLHOOK BAN
October 28, 2013
The City of Los Angeles just enacted a ban on
bullhooks, a sharp-edged instrument used to inflict pain on animals to
force them to do stupid tricks in circuses, and to make elephants
obediently give rides.
The ban actually includes the use of ax handles
and pitchforks which are used for the same reason:
This would essentially only effect the only circus
currently appearing here, the 'Royal' Hanneford Circus. Circus bans are
extremely rare, for a variety of reasons; but we believe a smaller,
instrument-driven legislation might be able to pass with a lot of work.
Banning bullhooks, ax handles and pitchforks would essentially stop
Hanneford from bringing in elephant acts and the rides they sell as
Please visit these sites for information about
the cruelty involved in elephant training:
Circus Abuse - Elephant Training and
Elephant Training Tragedy
We are requesting several senators and legislators back
such legislation for Westchester County. We've already reached out to
Senators Stewart-Cousins and Klein, and will be arranging meetings asap.
These have been particularly sensitive to animal issues.
SENATOR JEFF KLEIN
LEGISLATOR BERNICE SPRECKMAN
SENATOR GREG BALL
FYI LISTS OF SENATORS AND LEGISLATORS CAN BE FOUND AT:
http://nysenate.gov/ - Senators
http://www.westchestergov.com - Legislators
Here is a sample letter. If you are a
Westchester resident cite it; but you needn't be to make these contacts:
Bernice Spreckman, Legislator
Dear Mrs. Spreckman,
a concerned citizen/ longtime Westchester County resident, I am asking
that you create and sponsor legislation to ban the use of bullhooks in
Westchester County. This same legislation was just passed in Los
Angeles. The bullhook is a control instrument used primarily on circus
elephants, though sometimes used on rodeo animals as well. Please
visit these sites which contain information and videos on the use of
The Town of Greenburgh has had an ordinance against
traveling animal acts on public property, which you are likely aware of.
This is the way of the future: These abusive methods of domination and
vicious abuse cannot be tolerated in a decent, enlightened society,
which I consider Westchester to be part of. I know you have been
sympathetic to many animal issues, and I hope you will extend your
compassion to circus animals who need it as well.
Thanking you in advance for your attention in this matter.
Big thanks as always for making these contacts; we'd love to see the
'Royal' Hanneford circus - and all circuses - out of Westchester; this
would be an excellent start.
Kiley Blackman, ADOW
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