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  • Elephant bullhooks? Not in L.A.

    Elephant bullhooks? Not in L.A.
    As human understanding of elephants has evolved, so has our treatment of them. Zoos decades ago freed these largest of land mammals from standing for hours in chains on arthritis-inducing concrete. Also gone from many zoos is the bullhook, an instrument that resembles a fireplace poker that is used to poke, prod or strike an elephant. Although the blunt end can be used as a lead for an elephant, the sharp end makes it a tool of coercion. The Los Angeles Zoo stopped using the bullhook in any manner in 2010. Similarly, the San Diego Zoo does not use it.
  • Letters: In defense of circus elephants

    Re "Of elephants and bullhooks," Editorial, Oct. 22 Every year since 1922, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has performed for circus fans in Los Angeles. Elephants have always been an integral part of Ringling Bros., providing an up-close way for...

    L.A. Council prepares to ban use of bullhooks on circus elephants

    L.A. Council prepares to ban use of bullhooks on circus elephants
    The Los Angeles City Council took action Wednesday to ban bullhooks used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, becoming the first U.S. metropolis to outlaw a tool that critics say inflicts pain. Voting unanimously, the council asked the city...

    L.A. a bullhook-free city for elephants -- in 3 years

    L.A. a bullhook-free city for elephants -- in 3 years
    The Los Angeles City Council smartly — and unanimously — passed a ban Wednesday on the use of bullhooks to manage elephants in performances and exhibitions in the city. Not only does the ban prohibit the sharp-edged fire-poker-like device that...

    Letters: Elephant cruelty must be stopped

    Re "L.A. backs a bullhook ban," Oct. 24 Though I am thrilled that the bullhook will be banned in Los Angeles, the City Council's action still does not address the cruelty that these animals will endure. Yes, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will...