L.A. Bans Circus Bullhooks Used to 'Abuse' Elephants
The L.A. City Council today tackled the issue that has been rocking our fine burg. What is it, you ask: Potholes? Earthquake-susceptible concrete buildings? Traffic?
See also: America's Worst Roads Are in L.A.
No. Of course not. Those issues require thought, fortitude and money. No, your political leaders took a detour to the world of circus animals and banned elephant "bullhooks." Because making moves like that are much easier than dealing with L.A.'s real problems:
That's not to say we endorse the use of bullhooks. They sound barbaric. According to the office of Councilman Paul Koretz:
Bullhooks resemble the shape of fireplace pokers and have a long handle and sharp metal hook
and spiked tip. The tool has only one purpose -- to cause pain, suffering and fear in elephants.
In 2010, a judge ordered the Los Angeles Zoo to discontinue its use of bullhooks in response to
a lawsuit filed by animal-protection groups over the zoo's elephant housing and handling ...
The move could shut circuses out of L.A., as major shows allegedly rely on the horrific devices. Animal rights groups and even Cher have lined up for the ban.
Ban the use of bullhooks used to terrorize and control elephants! Info on the Cher Facebook page: http://t.co/73WI0UJ9vC respond by 10am PST
— Cher (@cher) October 23, 2013
PETA today hailed the council's action to prohibit, in the words of Koretz's office, the "'bullhook' or other implements and tools designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants."
The group says the council voted to pass the measure after "only a few minutes" of watching its undercover video of circus elephants being beaten with bullhooks.
PETA Foundation director of captive animal law enforcement Delcianna Winders:
The City Council has put cruel circuses on notice that forcing elephants to perform through beatings will not be tolerated.
Now if only the council could focus on people issues.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.