PETA Statement re Gov. Brown’s Veto of Historic Elephant-Protection Bill

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2015

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David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet has released a statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a California bill that would have banned bullhooks:

When people around the world have celebrated California’s groundbreaking, bipartisan step toward ending cruelty to elephants, it is inexplicable that the bullhook ban was vetoed at the eleventh hour. A bullhook is a weapon with only one purpose: to beat elephants and force them to submit and obey out of fear of punishment, a fact recognized by the cities of Los Angeles and Oakland, which have already enacted bans. Public opinion is on the side of elephants, and we urge all kind people not to go to circuses that use animals.

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