PETA Statement re Austin City Council’s Passage of Bullhook Ban

For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

PETA thanks the Austin City Council for voting for the welfare of elephants by assuring that soon, in Austin, they will never again be threatened or struck with bullhooks—weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp hook. Austin now joins Los Angeles, Oakland, Richmond, and other cities across the U.S. in supporting an end to elephant abuse in the circus, and PETA looks forward to seeing more cities follow Austin’s compassionate and progressive example.

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