Written by Jennifer OConnor
has sent Compassionate Legislator Awards to members of the Margate, Florida, City Commission for unanimously voting to ban bullhooks, electric
and other cruel devices specifically designed to inflict pain on animals. The
move means that the Cole
Bros. Circus, which has visited Margate in the
past and whose handlers have been caught on tape beating elephants with bullhooks, should be barred from bringing elephants into the
sharp metal hook and tip on the end of a bullhook
can rip elephants' skin and leave bloody wounds and
abscesses. The tricks that animals in circuses and traveling shows are forced
to perform go against their natural instincts, which is why handlers must beat
them into submission. When not performing, animals in circuses spend most of
their lives caged or chained in trailers and railroad boxcars while traveling
from city to city.
Cities and counties all across the
country have enacted bans or restrictions against shows
that hurt and exploit animals. You can help by contacting your own local
officials to ask them to initiate proceedings to do the same. E-mail our Action Team for help getting started.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.