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What’s the Latest City to Ban Bullhooks?

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | May 29, 2014

Miami Beach joins the growing list of jurisdictions that have banned bullhooks, whips, and other devices used in the circus. Beating elephants with bullhooks—heavy batons with a sharp steel hook on the end—is SOP in the circus, so bans like these keep circuses with elephants, along with elephant rides and other acts, out of town.

The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, which helped bring about the progressive law, and PETA are sending Mayor Philip Levine a Compassionate Mayor Award for sponsoring the ordinance and for setting a wonderful example for other jurisdictions to follow.

© iStock.com/ValentijnTempels

© iStock.com/ValentijnTempels

Miami Beach’s compassionate decision comes on the heels of other bullhook bans recently passed in Los Angeles; Clatsop County, Oregon; and Hallandale Beach, Florida.

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  • Florence Diep says:

    WE SHOULD BANNING ALL ACTIVITIES OF THE CIRCUS WHICH USE ANIMALS TO
    PROVIDE PLEASURE FOR PEOPLE. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TAKE PLEASURE ON
    ANIMALS DOING TRICKS, BECAUSE THEY ALL SUFFERED TO BE TRAINING AND TORTURING.

  • Sally Anne Hubbard says:

    I am so glad Miami Beach has a compassionate mayor. I wish other cities and states would follow Mayor Philip Levine. We all need to work hard to ban circuses. Elephants and all animals belong in their natural habitat, not for human amusement.

  • Dev says:

    stop hurting animals

  • Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    Another example of God’s displeasure at cruelty to animals is found in Proverbs 12:10: “The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals, but even the kindness of the wicked is cruel.” God calls cruelty to animals wicked. Finally, God rebuked Balaam for beating his donkey, when that donkey was trying to save his life.
    “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the Lord demanded. “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away; otherwise, I would certainly have killed you by now and spared the donkey” (Numbers 22:32-33).

  • ALL CIRCUS’S SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN…….YOU WANNA SEE THESE GORGEOUS ANIMALS…..THERE ARE OTHER MEANS……..!

  • Dawn M. England says:

    PEOPLE/HUMANS (IF, THEY ARE?!) SHOULD BE SERVING MANY, MANY YEARS IN PRISON, FINED THOUSANDS AND YEARS AFTER PRISON…SERVE A MIN. 10 YR. PAROLE-SUPERVISED, ONLY FOR THE CONTINUED CARE OF CLEANING ANIMAL FECES. OH! AND A FELONY RECORD FOREVER!!! PLEASE STOP!!! (PLEASE STOP THEM!!!) :’(

  • Paola says:

    Please let the elephants live in harmony, they deserve to be FREE !!!

  • Hyacinthe says:

    this needs to stop

  • jill hammett says:

    abuse of any kind should never be allowed, all these terrible cruel Zoo’s etc should be closed immediately !

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