ordinance passed by the Atlanta City Council on June 18, while well
intentioned, is unenforceable and will not protect elephants used in circuses
from abuse. The new ordinance prohibits the use of bullhooks (rods with a sharp metal hook and point on the
end that are used to strike, jab, hook, prod, and beat elephants on the most
sensitive parts of their bodies) only when a witness comes forward to attest
that they were used to "punish" or "discipline" an elephant
and that the specific incident resulted in the elephant's skin being observably
broken, scarred, or otherwise damaged—an almost impossible task given that
handlers commonly strike elephants in places that hide the wounds, such as
behind the ears or under the chin.
identical legislation in California has failed to prevent the abuse of elephants
used in circuses, as evidenced by numerous documented incidents of bullhook
abuse that were never prosecuted.
Atlanta City Council needs to take meaningful action and pass a total ban on any use of the bullhook—a proposal that two
councilmembers recently introduced. Please contact the Atlanta City Council
today and politely urge the councilmembers to do the right thing and put an end
to all elephant abuse.
free to use the sample letter provided, but remember that personalization helps
ensure that your message is read. Most importantly, please be sure to note any
ties that you have to Atlanta. Did you go to school there? Do you attend
conferences there? Vacation there? Travel there for other events? These things
matter to the councilmembers.
Send polite comments to:
Honorable Kasim ReedMayor
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