Victory! California Becomes Second State to Ban Bullhooks

Across the U.S., lawmakers are banning fireplace poker–like weapons called “bullhooks,” recognizing that their only purpose is to beat elephants into submission. Thanks to a bipartisan effort by the California State Legislature as well as the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, California follows the cities of Los Angeles and Oakland and the state of Rhode Island in taking this major step toward ending cruelty to elephants.

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