Victory! Richmond, Virginia, Latest City to Ban Bullhooks

Published by PETA.

Thanks to the Richmond City Council and the city’s compassionate residents, soon elephants will no longer be subjected to abuse and deprivation as part of circuses that come to town. Beginning in 2018, any circus performing in Richmond will not be allowed to use bullhooks, which are rods with sharp hooks on the end used to beat and jab elephants who perform in circuses. 

A bullhook being used on a baby elephant.

A bullhook being used on a baby elephant.

Richmond joins other progressive cities including OaklandSan Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami Beach in passing the ban. Earlier this year, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced it would phase out elephant performances by 2018.

“PETA looks forward to seeing more cities across the country follow Richmond’s lead by banning bullhooks—the sharp weapons that are used to beat elephants into submission,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders.


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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