Rhode Island Says Leave Bullhooks at the State Line

Published by Jennifer O'Connor.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a resolution urging circuses and other traveling animal shows to eliminate the use of bullhooks and other “harmful training practices” that cause elephants pain. Even though the resolution is nonbinding—and we fought for an outright ban—this is certainly a first step in that direction.

Rhode Island is the first state in the United States to adopt such a resolution. Representatives also expressed concern about how captive elephants are treated in circuses and recognized that elephants are highly intelligent and family-oriented animals who have memories that span many years.

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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