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Assembly OKs Bill to Ban Painful Elephant Tools at Circuses

Associated Press

The Press Enterprise
Associated Press
Aug. 4, 2016

 

Bullhooks banned
A trainer holds a bullhook, used to guide elephants at the Perris based exotic animal company Have Trunk Will Travel. The company is caught up in the recent movement to curb public performances of animals such as elephants. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors approved a ban on exotic animals performances this month. Other municipalities including Los Angeles prohibit the use of bullhooks, or guiding instruments, effectively outlawing shows with elephants. Photo: Stan Lim.

SACRAMENTO — Elephant handlers in California would have to stop using tools that inflict pain on the animals to train or control them under a bill approved by state lawmakers.

People or organizations caught using or threatening to use bullhooks, baseball bats, pitchforks or other harmful devices on elephants would face fines up to $10,000. They would also lose their elephant permit.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill last year that would have criminalized the use of those instruments.

Read more: http://www.pe.com/articles/sacramento-809806-control-stop.html

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