What’s the Latest City to Ban Bullhooks?

Published by Jennifer O'Connor.

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.

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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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind