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AHA Supports Bullhook Cruelty

Written by PETA | May 24, 2007

bullhook.bmpYou may remember that there were hearings last month in support of a bill that would have banned the use of cruel bullhooks in the entire state of California. And no bullhooks means less pain and suffering for elephants in circuses or on the sets of commercials or movies, so it is a super important piece of legislation. It was supported not only by PETA, but essentially the entire animal protection community. The only animal advocacy group who sided with the circus industry in opposing the bullhook ban was the American Humane Association (AHA). I wonder if AHA is more concerned about protecting the film industry, and the huge contributions they receive to monitor films, than the animals they are supposed to protect. . . .

Anyway, here’s the letter we sent the AHA’s board of directors asking them wtf is up. The bill is still in committee and can still be called up for a vote, so for the elephants’ sake, here’s hoping the AHA come to their senses and get behind it . . .

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  • Michele says:

    This is just so unbelievable that I am speechless. Maybe we should launch a lawsuit against the AHA for false advertising is it not fraudulent to claim that one is a “Humane” organization when one supports INhumane practices?.

  • Haley says:

    Bullhooks are primitive and one need not think deeper to understand the nature of the people who employ it. To begin with an elephant is supposed to be anywhere else but in a circus where sadly its beat to entertain some foolish and hardhearted crowds. Hope the AHA understands this.

  • kris shulfer says:

    i too have seen many videos on the treatment of elephants with the bullhook and what haunts me the most is hearing over and over the men screaming you have to beat them to break their spirit and that it does and it is so hard to watch that humans are so cruel to animals and it seems that they are the ones in need of punishment!! i have never gone to a circus because i was aware of the inhumane treatment and i refused to pay for animal cruelty elephants are not meant to do tricks i also supported the American Humane Assoc. no longer will i do that!! thanks to all who do their part for the animals!!

  • kelly says:

    I was once a supporter of American Humane. No longer. They have allowed horses in a film to be killed on their watch Flicka now this? Here is their contact information. If they know that supporters and donors do not approve of their activities they might start thinking about the animals and do their job. They are losing support! National Headquarters Denver Colorado Call 303 7929900 Our business hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm Mountain Time Fax 303 7925333 Write American Humane 63 Inverness Drive East Englewood CO 80112

  • Sylvia says:

    Bullhooks are perfect tools for those people who try to project their frustration on animals. Sadly some people derive satisfaction only when they know they have hurt an animal enough. It will be wonderful if the bill is passed.

  • Angel says:

    It was pretty painful to watch the undercover investigation video released by Peta where the Ringling circus people would torment the poor elephants.The bullhook should have been banned long ago.The AHA should render their support. Angel

  • Caroline says:

    Its disturbing that the AHA would even attempt to oppose the bullhook ban. Why does it call itself a humane organization when it wouldn’t want to do away with torture and advocate compassion and mercy to the suffering? I don’t understand what good it does the AHA when they oppose the bullhook ban on the contrary it seems pretty weird! Caroline

  • Jacob Dijkstra, M.D. says:

    I agree with The PETA Files that is is just a matter of money. Over the years I have carefully done my research among the vast number of animal rights organizations with respect to their priorities animals or money. The result is that instead of spreading small amounts of money among many organizations I have increased my contributions to a smaller number of organizations that share my ethics. Money is extremely important to do animal rights work. However it should not stand in the way of making just decisions for those we speak for the animals. AHA clearly does not have its priorities straight.

  • Brianna Fritchey says:

    It’s sad to think of all the things that aren’t changing because some of the animal rights groups are too busy squabbling with one another about which one is the better group. It seems that whenever the animal welfare society is on the verge of something amazing happening someone has to come along and do something stupid and this time it’s AHA.