Tuesday, June 19, 2012
City Councilmember Felicia Moore Introduces
Legislation to Ban the use of Bullhooks on elephants
Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia Moore introduced legislation on Monday, to
specifically ban the use of bullhooks or other similar devices on elephants
during shows and events within the City of Atlanta.
Moore did not receive favorable approval from the Atlanta City Council on a
similar amendment, she re-introduced it for continued debate. It will now goes
before the Public Safety and Legal
Administration Committee for discussion at its next meeting at 3 p.m. on
Tuesday, June 26 in Committee Room No. 2, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue
of completely outlawing the use of the bullhook, the Atlanta City Council
approved an amendment by Councilmember Yolanda Adrean which makes it unlawful
for any person to engage in abusive behavior toward an elephant. It also outlaws
the use of any instrument to discipline the elephant by any of the following
of food, water, or rest;
punishment resulting in damage, scarring or breaking of skin; or
of any instrument into any bodily orifice.
words discipline and punishment are of particular concern,” Moore said.
“Under Adrean’s amendment it will be difficult to prove before a judge that
an elephant wasn’t being ‘humanely trained’. The amendment is too vague
and is unenforceable. Her amendment does nothing to protect elephants from the
abusive use of bullhooks.”
County recently banned the use of the bullhook. Currently, Atlanta has an agreement
with Fulton County for animal control services.
bullhook is a device or instrument containing a spike, hook, or any combination
thereof. A bullhook is also known as an ankus, ankusha, elephant goad, or
legislation would also ban the use of any device or instrument that inflicts
pain on, or causes or is likely to cause injury to an elephant, except as
necessary to administer legitimate medical treatment or in response to an
immediate threat to public safety.
legislation contends that the use of bullhooks on elephants causes pain,
suffering and trauma, often leading to lacerations, open puncture wounds and
abscesses. Bullhook supporters contend that the device is a necessary tool to
train and guide elephants.
approved, Atlanta would also join a growing list of cities nationally and
internationally that have banned or are considering bans on the use of bullhooks