Victory! No More Whips and Bullhooks in Clatsop County

Published by Jennifer O'Connor.

Clatsop County, Oregon, is the latest area to ban bullhooks, whips, and electric prods. Since circuses like Ringling Bros. staunchly defend using these ugly weapons on elephants and tigers, the ban effectively keeps circuses with elephants and big cats out of town. Handlers poke, jab, and beat elephants with bullhooks—heavy batons with a sharp steel hook on the end—to keep them afraid and submissive.

Local resident Janice Robertson was instrumental in jumpstarting this important ballot initiative. Janice dug in, and with the help of other caring citizens, she convinced voters that these inhumane devices as well as whips and electric prods, have no place in Clatsop County. We’re sending Janice an “Elephant Defender” Award for her efforts.

Elephant Defender Award for Janice Robertson© iStock.com/ValentijnTempels

The trend is undeniable: Clatsop County’s action comes on the heels of other bans on bullhooks and other devices recently passed in Los AngelesMiami Beach, 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