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City Joins Other South Florida Towns in Telling Circuses to Stay out if They Beat Elephants and Tigers
For Immediate Release:December 19, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Hallandale Beach, Fla. -- In a move that could inspire cities
throughout Florida and beyond, the Hallandale Beach City Commission voted last
night to ban the use of bullhooks—weapons with a sharp steel hook that are used
to gouge and beat elephants—as well as whips used on tigers and electric prods.
So PETA is sending a box of elephant-shaped chocolates to the commission to
show the group's appreciation. The action means that Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey Circus, Cole Bros. Circus, and other notoriously cruel ciruses
that rely on bullhooks to keep elephants in constant fear of being whacked and
also use whips on tigers will be prohibited from exhibiting these animals in
"By banning the cruel use of bullhooks and whips,
Hallandale Beach is continuing a trend that is setting South Florida apart as
an ethical leader," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law
Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "The commission's action puts Ringling
Bros. and other circuses on notice that forcing elephants and tigers to perform
through beatings will no longer be tolerated."
PETA has gathered extensive video and photographic evidence
trainers and handlers as they beat and jab elephants—including babies—with
bullhooks as well as the abuse of tigers and other animals. PETA
dispatched an action alert to area members to contact the commission and attend
the final-vote meeting to show support for the measure. PETA also directly sent
the commission hard evidence of Ringling's routine abuse of animals, in case
Ringling furnishes any misinformation.
Hallandale Beach joins Pompano Beach, Hollywood, and
Margate, Fla.; Fulton County, Ga.; Southampton, N.Y.; and other municipalities
nationwide in prohibiting the use of bullhooks.
For more information, please visit PETA's
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