Written by PETA
Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons has been called "the greatest tight end of all time," but it's his efforts for animals that wow us. Indeed, he's sweeter than a Georgia peach.
Tony's latest move? He's urged the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to vote for a proposal, introduced by Commissioner Robb Pitts, to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses.
He notes PETA's "irrefutable evidence showing the persistent, entrenched abuse of elephants who are violently trained with bullhooks, starting when they are babies"—and points out that elephant sanctuaries never used bullhooks and that most zoos threw their bullhooks away long ago.
Circuses Shameful traveling elephant beaters such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—and Carson & Barnes Circus—will continue to use sharp, metal bullhooks and make gentle giants scream in pain unless these devices are banned. Elephants never forget. Please don't forget them—we're so close to making Atlanta a bullhook-free zone.
Written by Karin Bennett
Here's an idea...how about we ban all exotic animal acts altogether, as well as those which cause injury or fear to domestic animals such as rodeos, polo, dressage (people in fancy riding clothes jumping horses over fences, which is really fun for the rider until the horse or the rider gets hurt) and steeplechase (which seems to be a form of dressage only the horse is made to run top speed cross country and jump over obstacles only to fall muddy ditches hidden on the other side of the obstacle)? Fox hunting is now banned, can't we work on this?
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