PETA Statement re Willowick City Council Failure to Pass the Bullhook Ban Over Mayor’s Veto

Outside profiteers won out over broad local and public support when, for the first time in 37 years, the Willowick mayor vetoed legislation passed by the Willowick City Council. The ordinance would have prohibited the circus’s use of sharp metal-tipped weapons called “bullhooks” on elephants—an effort backed by Ohio native Chrissie Hynde and elephant experts from all around the world. PETA will carry on working to end the abuse of elephants and other animals by circuses and urges people who care about animals to vote with their dollars and stay far away from any entertainment that depends on hurting and dominating wild animals.

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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